Norman Thompson N.T.2B

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Norman Thompson N.T.2B
Norman Thompson N.T.2B (left rear).jpg
Role Flying Boat Trainer
Manufacturer Thompson
Designer Norman Thompson
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built ~150 [1]
Wingspan 14.7 m (48 ft 4 in)[2]
Engine 160hp Beardmore or
150-200hp Hispano Suiza or
200hp Sunbeam Arab
Crew 2
Max Speed 137 km/h (85 mph) [1][2]
Climb 610 m (2,000 ft) in 4:00[2]-4:10[1]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 16:50[1]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 33:40[1]-34:00[2]
Service Ceiling 3,400 m (11,300 ft)[2] - 3,500 m (11,400 ft) [1]

The Norman Thompson N.T.2B combined lessons learned from the White and Thompson No.3 Flying Boat and F.B.A. flying boats, which had been built under contract. It was intended primarily as a trainer and had dual controls fitted. A variety of engines were mounted, starting with the 160hp Beardmore and proceeding to the 150hp Hispano-Suiza and ultimately the 200hp Hispano-Suiza. The Sunbeam Arab was tried but that engine proved troublesome.

Even at the end of the war there were seventy-nine on charge, with twenty three on active duty at coastal stations. [1]

Production of N.T.2b's never kept up with orders, and engine troubles also contributed to short deliveries. After the war, the firm was bought by Handley-Page, who had little success trying to open the market for light flying boats after the war.[3]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Norman Thompson N.T.2B.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Bruce'69, p.655.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Nowarra, pp.202-203.
  3. Nowarra, p.118.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070