Blackburn B-24 Skua

Specifications

1st Flight 1937

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.

Variants

Skua Mk.I : two prototypes.

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; 190 built by Blackburn at Brough Aerodrome.

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