Blackburn Skua

The Blackburn B-24 Skua was a carrier-based low-wing, two-seater, single-radial engine aircraft operated by the British Fleet Air Arm which combined the functions of a dive bomber and fighter.

It was designed in the mid-1930s and saw service in the early part of the Second World War.

Variants

Skua Mk.I 

Powered by the Bristol Mercury, it had distinctive fairings to the engine cowling over the tappet valves of the Mercury.

The first prototype, K5178, had a much shorter nose while K5179, the second prototype, had a lengthened nose to improve longitudinal stability.

Skua Mk.II

Production aircraft powered by the sleeve valve Bristol Perseus.

Long nose as per K5179 but with a shorter, smooth cowling.

Two seat fighter and dive bomber for the Royal Navy

Specifications

Crew

2

Length

35 ft 7 in (10.85 m)

Wingspan

46 ft 2 in (14.07 m)

Height

12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)

Wing area

319 sq ft (29.6 m2)

Airfoil

Root

NACA 2416

Tip

NACA 2409

Empty weight

5,496 lb (2,493 kg)

Gross weight

8,228 lb (3,732 kg)

Powerplant

1 × Bristol Perseus XII 9-cylinder air cooled radial sleeve valve piston engine,

890 hp (660 kW)

Propellers

3-bladed variable-pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed

225 mph (362 km/h, 196 kn) at 6,500 ft (1,981 m)

Cruise speed

187 mph (301 km/h, 162 kn)

Range

760 mi (1,220 km, 660 nmi)

Service ceiling

20,200 ft (6,200 m)

Rate of climb

1,580 ft/min (8.0 m/s)

Armament

Guns

4 × 0.303 in (7.7 mm) forward firing Browning machine guns with 600 rounds per gun

1 × 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis

Or

Vickers K machine gun on flexible mount in rear cockpit

Bombs

1 × 500 lb (230 kg) semi-armour piercing bomb under fuselage

Or

8 × 30 lb (14 kg) practice bombs under wings.

 

 

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