/ 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.
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.
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
35 ft 7 in (10.85 m)
46 ft 2 in (14.07 m)
12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
319 sq ft (29.6 m2)
5,496 lb (2,493 kg)
8,228 lb (3,732 kg)
1 × Bristol Perseus XII 9-cylinder air cooled radial sleeve valve piston engine,
890 hp (660 kW)
3-bladed variable-pitch propeller
225 mph (362 km/h, 196 kn) at 6,500 ft (1,981 m)
187 mph (301 km/h, 162 kn)
760 mi (1,220 km, 660 nmi)
20,200 ft (6,200 m)
Rate of climb
1,580 ft/min (8.0 m/s)
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
Vickers K machine gun on flexible mount in rear cockpit
1 × 500 lb (230 kg) semi-armour piercing bomb under fuselage
8 × 30 lb (14 kg) practice bombs under wings.
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