Wight Pusher Seaplane
|Wight Pusher Seaplane|
|First flight||Feb 1913 |
|Primary user||U.K. (RNAS)|
|Number built||~8 to 12|
|Engine||200hp Salmson radial|
|Max Speed||116 km/h (72 mph) |
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. 
One model had been acquired by the Germans before the outbreak of the war, and a further eleven were ordered by the British Admiralty.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Wight Pusher Seaplane.
- Bruce'69, p.711.
- Nowarra, p.102.