Norman Thompson N.T.2B
|Norman Thompson N.T.2B|
|Role||Flying Boat Trainer|
|Primary user||U.K. (RNAS)|
|Number built||~150 |
|Wingspan||14.7 m (48 ft 4 in)|
|Engine||160hp Beardmore or|
150-200hp Hispano Suiza or
200hp Sunbeam Arab
|Max Speed||137 km/h (85 mph) |
|Climb||610 m (2,000 ft) in 4:00-4:10|
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 16:50
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 33:40-34:00
|Service Ceiling||3,400 m (11,300 ft) - 3,500 m (11,400 ft) |
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. 
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.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Norman Thompson N.T.2B.
- Bruce'69, p.655.
- Nowarra, pp.202-203.
- Nowarra, p.118.