Wight Converted Seaplane
|Wight Converted Seaplane|
|Primary user||U.K. (RNAS)|
|Number built||37 - 45|
|Wingspan||19.8 m (65 ft)|
|Engine||275hp Rolls-Royce or|
265hp Sunbeam Maori
|Armament||rear flexible Lewis|
190 kg (424 lb)[note 1] of bombs
|Max Speed||135 km/h (84 mph) |
|Climb||2,000 ft (610 m) in 4:20|
3,000 ft (910 m) in 6:45
6,500 ft (2,000 m) in 18:20
10,000 ft (3,000 m) in 42:30
|Service Ceiling||9,600 ft (2,900 m) -11,900 ft (3,600 m)|
Wight had tried to build a bomber but the project was unsuccessful, but they took the same designed and adapted it as a seaplane. It was known as the Wight "Converted" Seaplane. As with all Wight seaplanes, the main floats were long enough to eliminate the need for a rear float. The long upper wings were supported by king posts and the engine was the excellent 275hp Rolls-Royce.
The type was used widely in anti-submarine operations, but by the end of the war, only five were still serviceable.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Wight Converted Seaplane.
- 2×45 kg (100 lb) and 2×51 kg (112 lb) bombs.
- Bruce'69, p.721.
- Nowarra, p.114.
- Nowarra, pp.202-203.