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Title: Supermarine Seafires (Merlins) (Profile Publications No. 221)
Description: Windsor, Profile Publications. 1971, First Edition. Paperback, 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. The Supermarine Seafire was a naval version of the Supermarine Spitfire specially adapted for operation from aircraft carriers. The name Seafire was arrived at by collapsing the longer name In late 1941 and early 1942 the Admiralty assessed the Spitfire for possible conversion. In late 1941 48 Spitfire Mk. Vb were converted by Air Training Service Ltd. at Hamble to become "hooked Spitfires". This was the Seafire Mk. Ib and would be the first of several Seafire variants to reach the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. This version of the Seafire was mainly used to allow the Royal Navy to gain experience in operating the Spitfire on aircraft carriers. The main structural change was made to the lower rear fuselage which incorporated an A-frame style arrestor hook and strengthened lower longerons. It was soon discovered that the fuselage, especially around hatches, was too weak for sustained carrier operations. In an attempt to alleviate this condition, reinforcing strips were riveted around hatch openings and along the main fuselage longerons. A further 118 Seafire Ibs incorporating the fuselage reinforcements were modified from Spitfire Vbs by Cunliffe-Owen at Eastleigh and Air Training Service. These aircraft were equipped with Naval HF radio equipment and IFF equipment as well as a Type 72 homing beacon. In these and all subsequent Seafires the instruments were re-caibrated to read knots and nautical miles rather than mph and miles. The fixed armament was the same as that of the Spitfire Vb; two 20 mm Hispano Mk II cannon with 60 rounds per gun fed from a "drum" magazine, and four .303 inch Browning machine guns with 350 rpg. Provision was also made to carry a 30 gallon "slipper" fuel tank under the fuselage. From the library of Naval Historian and author James W. Goss. Good.

Keywords: Airports Aerodromes Aerospace Aeronautics Civil Aviation Business Studies Airlines British Airways Boac Transportation Transport Sociology Social History Air Liners Travel Aircraft Planes Hawker Military Militaria Supermarine Seafires Fleet Air Arm Royal

Price: GBP 40.00 = appr. US$ 57.12 Seller: Delectus Books
- Book number: 032668

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