Air Enthusiast 1998-03
P.London - From Seagull to 'Shagbat' (1)
Seagull V N-2 attended RAE Farnborough for catapult trials during January 1934.
The first production Walrus I, K5772, wades ashore after a test flight at Woolston. Test pilot George Pickering has autographed the print.
View of Walrus I K5776 visiting Seletar, Singapore, 1937. With ‘Dorsetshire’ Flight of 715 Squadron at the time, it was struck off charge while in service on another County Class cruiser ‘Cumberland’ in 1939.
Evocative view of Walrus I K8556 being ‘walked’ down a slipway - perhaps at Lee-on-Solent? K8556 had a short life, being delivered in November 1939 only to hit a balloon cable near Southampton the following month.
Mk.I L2274, from the fourth production hatch, is flung from its shiphoard catapult
Seagull Vs A2-16 and A2-17 photographed from a third example. The two aircraft were based at Point Cook for much of their lives. A2-17 is unarmed; the year is 1938.
Seagull prototype N-2 displays its lofty landborne attitude, 1934.
Walrus I L2311 on the Woolston hard standing, exhibiting leading-edge landing lights.
View of Walrus I K5776 visiting Seletar, Singapore, 1937.
Walrus I K8552, from the third production batch, served only with 754 Squadron from Lee-on-Solent, 1940-1941.
An early production Walrus I returns to Woolston following a short trip to Eastleigh, 1936.
Seagull V A2-7 shortly before being written off on October 20, 1939 - ironically it crashed while the pilot was beating up Warbuton Hospital, where his girlfriend worked as a nurse!
A metal-hulled Walrus under construction by Saro at East Cowes
Supermarine Walrus II.