Having been originally developed from the Supermarine S6B it is perhaps natural that the Spitfire should be developed for use on water.
first Spitfire floatplane was a conversion of a Mark I, the so called
"Narvik Nightmare" R6722 which was produced at the time of the German
invasion of Norway where there emerged a requirement for a fighter
capable of flying from the Fjords in view of the lack of suitable
airfields in the country.
In the interests of speed, floats from a
Blackburn Roc were fitted but the trials were not successful and as the
campaign for which the conversion was required was rapidly drawing to a
close the project was suspended.
The idea was revived again with the
beginning of the war in the Pacific against Japan when it was realized
that a floatplane fighter with good performance would be an essential
asset in the island campaigns which seemed likely.
undertook the conversion of a Spitfire Mk Vb, W3760, with Supermarine
designed floats and this aircraft proved an immediate success with a top
speed of 324 mph. In this aircraft the carburetor air intake was
extended to avoid spray, a shorter four blade propeller was fitted,
cantilever pylons attached the floats to the inboard wing sections, a
ventral fin replaced the tail wheel and the fin was extended slightly
forward to increase the vertical tail surface area.
Mark V conversion (Original Fin)
built several sets of floats and converted another two Mark V aircraft,
EP751 and EP754. These together with W3760 were shipped to Egypt in
1943 and assembled with the intention of covertly operating them out of
small Greek islands to intercept German transport aircraft.
The following pictures show the diorama before rework of the base :
- Flugzeuge / aircraft
- Raritäten / curiosities
- Dioramen / dioramas
- Schiffe / ships
- Militärfahrzeuge / Military Vehicles
- Waffen / weapon
- Cars - Autos / Trucks - LKW's
- Buildings / Gebäude
- Raumfahrt / astronautics
- Science Fiction
- Ausstellungen / Exhibitions
- Originale / originals (foto-stream)
- sonstige Basteleien
- Aviation Art / Luftfahrtbilder