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Vickers Supermarine Walrus Amphibian Flying Boat with a Bristol Pegasus engine Featured Golden Age of Seaplanes Print

Vickers Supermarine Walrus Amphibian Flying Boat with a Bristol Pegasus engine

Vickers Supermarine Walrus Amphibian Flying Boat with a Bristol Pegasus engine .
Walrus is a single engined ( pusher ) biplane amphibian flying boat constructed almost entirely of metal, stainless and duralumin, the hull is flush riveted and the fabric covered superstructure has spars of stainless steel .
It is designed for service with naval cruisers and aircraft carriers for reconnaissance, fleet spotting, photographic and training purposes .
A retractable undercarriage, hydraulically operated, provides for landing on an aerodrome or on the sea . In the raised position the wheels are housed in recesses in the bottom main planes .
Walrus will be carried by vessels equipped with catapult launching gear . It was the first military aircraft with a retractable undercarriage to be adopted by the Royal Air Force and the first amphibian aircraft to be catapulted with full military load . Slinging gear is provided for hoisting on board on the conclusion of a flight .
The pilot and observor have a clear field of view, unrestricted by floats or wings from the forward enclosed cockpit .
For stowage purposes the wings can be easily and quickly folded .
A production order for the Fleet Air Arm for the Royal Navy has been received . The same type known as Seagull V, has been supplied to the Royal Australian Air Force .
18 June 1936

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German workmen unload food from a British Royal Air Force flying boat, one of ten Featured Golden Age of Seaplanes Print

German workmen unload food from a British Royal Air Force flying boat, one of ten

German workmen unload food from a British Royal Air Force flying boat, one of ten maintaining a thrice-daily service from Hamburg and landing on the Wannsee here. The cargo is unloaded on to bridge-building pontoons floated into position by the Royal Engineers, and then trans-shipped to barges. Russia has protested against the landings by the flying-boats, contending that Berlin waterways are under Soviet control. - 8th July 1948

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Following the decision approving the start of Atlantic survey flights next year Featured Golden Age of Seaplanes Print

Following the decision approving the start of Atlantic survey flights next year

Following the decision approving the start of Atlantic survey flights next year and commencet of an experimental air mail serviceshortly after, Imperial Airways pilots are receiving flying boat instruction at a Hamble, Hampshire, flying school . They receive a certain number of hours preliminery training on the Cutty Sark light amphibion boats and then take over on multi enginerd machines similar to those being used on the Empire routes .
Imperial Airways has handed over to the pupils a Short Calcutta flying boat for their training .
Photo shows, Imperial Airways pilots receiving instruction on the Calcutta flying boat at Hamble from from assistant instructor Flight Lieutenant M C Pascoe ( right )
4 December 1935

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