Seafang F.32                

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Supermarine Seafang F.32

Scale 1:33
Author: Lukasz Fuczek
File Size:  17.3Mb
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Supermarine Seafang F.32

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Model # 061

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Technical data:
  Length 10.39 m    
  Span 10.67 m    
  Engine 1 x Rolls Royce Griffon 89 V12 liquid cooled engine, 2,350hp
  Max Speed 765 km/h    
  Armament 4 x 20mm Hispano Mk V cannons, 2 x 454kg bombs or 4 x 27kg rockets
  Crew 1    
     The Seafang was essentially a Spiteful redesigned for Royal Navy carrier use, with the addition of an arrestor hook and with a contra-rotating propeller to eliminate engine torque effects and power folding outer wing panels.
     Two prototype Type 396 Seafang Mark 32s were ordered on 12 March 1945 followed by an order for 150 Type 382 Seafang Mark 31s on 7 May 1945. To expedite entry into service the interim Mark 31 was ordered which was a navalised Spiteful, basically a Spiteful with an arrestor hook. This would allow the Mark 32 to be developed, it would be the definitive naval variant, again with a arrestor hook but also folding outer wing panels and a contra-rotating propeller.
     The first Seafang flew in 1946 was the first Interim production Mark 31 VG471. Although 150 of the interim variant were ordered only nine were completed before the order was cancelled as the urgency of an interim type was removed due to the end of the war.
     The first prototype definitive Mark 32 VB895 was first flown in June 1946 it was powered by a Griffon 89 engine rated at 2,350 hp (1,752 kW) driving two three-bladed contra rotating propellers. In August 1946 VB895 was demonstrated to the Royal Netherlands Navy at Valkeberg. The same aircraft was flown by noted test pilot Mike Lithgow in May 1947 during deck landing trials on HMS Illustrious. Compared to the Seafire F.47, its performance advantage was not deemed to be enough to disrupt series production of new navalised Meteor and Vampire jet fighters. Also, the Seafang's low speed handling characteristics were not as good as hoped, and the contemporary Hawker Sea Fury was preferred as a fleet fighter.

Model built and photographed by the Author. Used with permission.


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