Supermarine Sea Otter
Supermarine Sea Otter Biplane History
The Sea Otter had it’s first
flight on September 23, 1938, however an order for production was
not placed until January 1942. The Bristol Perseus XI Radial engine
was replaced for the production aircraft following problems with
cooling. The replacement engine was the Bristol Mercury XXX which
drove a three bladed propeller. It was operated as a patrolling
aircraft as well as for air-sea rescues by both the Royal Air Force
and the Royal Navy. Two variants were produced, the MkI and the MkII,
however, due to the end of World War II, the order for 592 aircraft
was cancelled after the supply of only 292.
It was also operated by the Australian Navy, the Danish Royal Air Force, the Royal Egyptian Air Force, the French Aeronavale and Troupes Coloniales and the Royal Netherlands Navy. There are none of these aircraft surviving.
Various scale models, model kits
and plans of this aircraft have been available in the market place.
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