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Supermarine Seamew
Role Amphibian
Manufacturer Supermarine
First flight 9 January 1928
Primary user RAF
Number built 2

The Supermarine Seamew was a British twin engined amphibian, built by the Supermarine company, intended as a small, shipborne aircraft.


Design and development

The Seamew featured a wooden hull and two bay biplane wings with mainplanes utilizing a metal composite construction with fabric covering and braced tail unit with twin fins and rudders. Amphibian equipment included a retractable main undercarriage with fixed tailskid. The crew of three had a single pilot in the nose cockpit, a forward gunner behind the pilot but forward of the lower wing and rear gunner aft of the lower wing. The Seamew prototype N212 made its maiden flight on 9 January 1928.[1]

Operational history

Only two Seamew examples were built as the later Supermarine Walrus was considered more viable. The fictional "Biggles" character in the W.E. Johns' adventure series flew a Supermarine Seamew.


 United Kingdom

Specifications (Seamew)

Data from Supermarine Aircraft since 1914 [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3 (pilot and two gunners)
  • Length: 36 ft 5⅜ in (11.12 m)
  • Wingspan: 45 ft 11½ in (14.00 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 1 in (4.60 m)
  • Wing area: 610 ft² (56.7 m²)
  • Airfoil: Goettingen 387
  • Empty weight: 4,675 lb (2,120 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 5,800 lb (2,631 kg)
  • Powerplant:Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV 7-cylinder radial, 238 hp (178 kW) each




  1. ^ a b Andrews and Morgan 1987
  • Andrews, C.N. and Morgan, E.B. Supermarine Aircraft since 1914, Second edition. London: Putnam, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-800-3.
  • London, Peter. British Flying Boats. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: Sutton Publishing, 2003. ISBN 0-7509-2695-3.
  • Thetford, Owen. British Naval Aircraft Since 1912, Fourth Edition. London: Putnam, 1978. ISBN 0-370-30021-1.

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