Wight Type 840

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Wight Type 840
Wight Seaplane 840.jpg
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Wight
Designer Howard Wright
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built [note 1]
Wingspan 18.6 m (61 ft) [2]
Engine 225hp Sunbeam
Armament 370 kg (810 lb) torpedo or 3×45 kg (100 lb) bombs[1]
Crew 2[2]
Max Speed 130 km/h (81 mph) [3][2]
Endurance 6:30[2]-7:00[3]

The Wight Seaplane, Admiralty Type 840 was a large seaplane along the same lines as the Short Type 184. It had folding overhung wings. Like all Wight seaplanes, the main floats were long enough to eliminate the need for a rear float. A fair number of them were ordered and used, but they were never as numerous as the Short 184. [3]

While orders were placed for sixty-six, several were not finished because the planes did not live up to expectations. The served around the British Isles and out of Gibraltar.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Wight Seaplane.


  1. 66 were originally ordered, but not all were completed.[1]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nowarra, p.114.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Nowarra, pp.202-203.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bruce'69, p.713.
  • 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