Supermarine Sea Eagle
Under the name Supermarine Sea Eagle the
company designed and built three amphibian flying-boats of biplane
configuration. Each was powered by a 360 hp (268 kW) Rolls-Royce Eagle IX
engine in pusher configuration, operated by a crew of two, and had an
enclosed cabin for six passengers. Built for the British Marine Air
Navigation Company to establish a passenger service between Southampton
and the Channel Islands, the first was flown in early June 1923. The
Southampton-Guernsey route inaugurated on 25th September 1923 was the
first British scheduled passenger air service by flying-boat, and one of
the three Sea Eagles survived in operation on this route until late 1928.
In early 1924 Supermarine received an order
from the Spanish naval air service for 12 amphibian flying-boats for
operation in a bomber/reconnaissance role. The resulting aircraft, named
Scarab, was a militarized version of the Sea Eagle.
Plant: One 360 h.p. Rolls-Royce Eagle IX
Span: 46 ft 0 in (21 ft 1 in folded)
Length: 37 ft 4 in (43 ft 0 in folded)
Height: 15 ft 11 in
Weight (All-Up): 6,050 lb
Max Speed: 93 m.p.h.
Range: 230 miles