Wight Pusher Seaplane

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Wight Pusher Seaplane
Wight Pusher Seaplane 1914.jpg
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Wight
Designer Howard Wright
First flight Feb 1913 [1]
Introduction Feb 1915
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built ~8[1] to 12[2]
Engine 200hp Salmson radial
Max Speed 116 km/h (72 mph) [1]

The Wight Pusher Seaplane was based on a 1913 design and refined for 1914 competitions. It had folding wings and long floats that eliminated the need for a tail float. The nacelle was mounted about half way between the two long wings. At least two were aboard the Ark Royal when she sailed to the Dardanelles in 1915. The Pushers performed several early reconnaissance missions, but they were found to be impossible to alight from choppy water. [1]

One model had been acquired by the Germans before the outbreak of the war, and a further eleven were ordered by the British Admiralty.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Wight Pusher Seaplane.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bruce'69, p.711.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nowarra, p.102.
  • 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