Летающая лодка, двухмоторный цельнометаллический биплан с двухкилевым оперением. Двигатели размещены на верхнем крыле. Создана в КБ фирмы "Супермарин авиэйшн уоркс" под руководством Р. Митчелла. Являлась дальнейшим развитием серии лодок "Саутгемптон" и "Скапа"
с дальнейшим увеличением размеров. Предусматривалась перевозка громоздких грузов (авиамоторы, торпеды) на верхней части фюзеляжа. Первоначально именовалась "Саутгемптон" V. Опытный образец лодки "Стрэнрир" ("тип 230") совершил первый полет 27 июля 1934 г. Серийные самолеты начали выпускать с 1936 г. Строительство осуществлялось на заводах "Супермарин" в Саутгемптоне и "Кэнедиэн Виккерс" в Монреале (Канада). Всего выпущено 63 экз. (из них 23 - в Англии и 40 - в Канаде).
Поздние машины и английской, и канадской постройки отличались металлическими трехлопастными винтами вместо деревянных четырехлопастных.
Экипаж - 6-7 чел. Двигатели "Пегасус" X, на канадских машинах последних серий - "Пегасус" XXII. Вооружение 3x7,69, бомбы до 450 кг.
"Стрэнрир" состоял на вооружении в Великобритании с апреля 1937 г., в Канаде - с ноября 1938 г.
Английские самолеты базировались только в метрополии. В сентябре 1939 г. они приступили к регулярному патрулированию Северного моря, забираясь до побережья Норвегии. Использовались как дальние разведчики и охотники за подводными лодками.
Летающие лодки канадских ВВС занимались патрулированием атлантического и тихоокеанского побережий страны. С октября 1941 г. использовались только на Тихом океане. Служили также как транспортные и учебные машины.
В Саутгемптоне производство прекратили в марте 1939 г., в Монреале - в 1941 г. "Стрэнрир" сняли с вооружения строевых частей в Великобритании в апреле 1941 г., как учебные они служили до октября 1942 г. В Канаде использовались как патрульные до февраля 1945 г. Последний самолет канадские ВВС списали в январе 1946г. В гражданской авиации там "стрэнриры" летали до 1963 г.
Моторы, количество х мощность:||2 х 920 л.с.
Взлетная масса, максимальная:||9600 кг
Максимальная скорость:||265 км/ч
Практический потолок:||5600 м
Supermarine Scapa и Stranraer
Имевший "близкое родство" с Scapa, самолет Stranraer первоначально носил обозначение Southampton Mk V, но в августе 1935 года получил новое имя и стал последней летающей лодкой - бипланом, разработанным Р. Митчеллом. Stranraer был крупнее Scapa - размах его крыла достигал 25,91 м. Он также получил хвостовую турель и в серийном варианте оснащался радиальными ПД Bristol Pegasus X мощностью по 875 л. с. (652 кВт) с трехлопастными металлическими винтами.
В общей сложности для ВВС было построено 17 Stranraer, которые начали поступать на вооружение 228-й эскадрильи в декабре 1936 года. В дальнейшем ими также вооружили 201-ю, 209-ю и 240-ю эскадрильи. К началу войны в строю насчитывалось 15 таких самолетов, но в 1940 году их постепенно вывели из частей первой линии.
В дополнение к самолетам для ВВС Великобритании компания "Canadian Vickers" из Монреаля построила 40 машин для ВВС Канады, а в послевоенные годы 14 из них были приобретены для гражданского использования в этой стране.
Вооружение состояло из трех 7,7-мм пулеметов Vickers "К" и, опционально, до 454 кг бомб под крылом.
Flight, August 1935
Developed from the Famous "Southampton" and "Scapa," this Vickers-Supermarine Flying Boat Can be Used for Reconnaissance, Bombing, Torpedo Transport, and Flying and Navigational Instruction
ALMOST since the beginning of practical British aviation the name Supermarine has been associated with the production of flying boats. For several years the boats which emanated from the factory at Woolston, Southampton, were of "composite" construction. That is to say, fittings and a few components were made of metal, the rest of wood. Some very beautiful examples of the boatbuilders art were to be found in the mahogany hulls of earlier Supermarine flying boats, and when these had to be supplanted by all-metal hulls there were those who lamented the disappearance of a type of construction in which sheer artistry of workmanship found fine of its highest expressions. However, sentiment could not be permitted to stand in the way of efficiency, and these “wooden walls" had to give way to modern demands, the plane and spokeshave made way for the "tinbasher's" mallet. The reason? The wooden hulls, no matter how beautiful they looked, nor how perfect their seams, would in the course of time soak up a not inconsiderable quantity of water. In a large boat this soakage might on occasion amount to several hundreds of pounds. Clearly, if this was avoidable, it was not to be tolerated, and when experiments had proved that light metal alloys could be protected against corrosion, the way was open for the introduction of the all-metal flying boat hulls we know to-day.
The Supermarine Aviation Works, like other constructors of flying boats, had their difficulties to overcome. Workmen had to be trained and a new technique had to be evolved. The earliest metal hulls had awkward corners in which water had an unpleasant habit of collecting. Modified forms of construction were introduced to avoid such corners, and in the modern flying boat hull "open" sections, that is to say, members in which no moisture can collect, and in which there is thus no inducement for corrosion to start, have helped to reduce corrosion troubles almost to vanishing point.
The first British flying boats with metal hulls had the planking as well as the frames made of Duralumin, anodically treated to enable it to resist corrosion. Of recent years a light metal sheet known as ''Alclad'' has become popular for the planking. This material is in effect a "sandwich" with an inner layer of Duralumin and outer layers of pure aluminium. The aluminium affords the desired resistance to corrosion.
In the Vickers-Supermarine "Stranraer" hull alclad is used both for planking and frames, a form of construction evolved from such successful types as the "Southampton" and "Scapa" flying boats which have helped to make the Supermarine name famous. With the wide practical experience accumulated over a long period of years, the Vickers-Supermarine engineers have been able to incorporate in the "Stranraer" all such features as have been thoroughly proved and tested, and at the same time achieve a very high performance without sacrificing seaworthiness. Very many years ago the Supermarine Aviation Works coined the slogan "A boat that will fly rather than an aeroplane that will float." In other words, they started with a seaworthy hull and made of it the best aircraft which the knowledge and experience of the day made possible. In the "Stranraer" this seaworthiness has been retained, and it may be pointed out that the machine has been operated in gale conditions with satisfactory results. Moreover, the machine will maintain level flight with either of its two Bristol "Pegasus" engines out of action, so that safety and reliability may be assumed to have been attained in a very high degree.
The "Stranraer" is a twin-engined biplane flying boat, in which the hull, as already mentioned, is of all-metal construction, and the wings have alclad spars and ribs, with a covering of doped fabric. The two Bristol "Pegasus" engines are placed in nacelles under the upper wing, a position which has the advantage that the airscrews are well clear of spray when the machine is taking off or taxying. Two alclad petrol tanks, each of 250 gallons capacity, are placed in the centre section of the top plane. The relative positions of engines and tanks are such that direct gravity feed is possible under most conditions, but fuel pumps are used to assist so that during certain manoeuvres an adequate supply is ensured.
In the hull, which is of the two-step type, there is ample accommodation for the crew, even to the extent of enabling the machine to operate as a self-contained unit on a long cruise, for example. In that case, provision can be made for cooking and sleeping on board.
In the extreme bow cockpit is carried the purely marine operating gear, mooring tackle, boat hooks and so forth. In this cockpit is also the front gunner's station, with gun ring and bomb controls. A hinged watertight door is provided in the nose for bomb sighting.
Adjoining the front cockpit is the pilots' cabin, with dual controls, sliding roof and hinged windscreens. Protection is thus afforded the crew in all weather conditions without impairing the view in any essential direction.
Behind the pilots' cabin is the compartment for the navigator and engineer, and aft of that again the W/T operator's station. A table is provided for the navigator, on which he can spread his charts, etc., and the compartment is well lighted.
Two aft gun stations are provided, one just aft of the rear spar frame, i.e., just behind the wireless operator, and the other in the extreme stern of the hull.
The "Stranraer" is a fairly large aircraft, and as it is intended to operate over considerable ranges ease of control is very important. Great care has been taken in the design of the control surfaces, and trimming "tabs" are fitted both to the elevator and to the two rudders. The rudder "tabs" are used for coursekeeping when one engine is pulling more than the other. The extreme case is, of course, one engine completely stopped. By the use of the "tabs," and due to the very powerful rudders, the machine can be turned "against" the running engine.
Of special equipment which the "Stranraer" carries may be mentioned two folding drogues, a collapsible dinghy, an engine ladder, and a platform from which to carry out work on an engine, and a spare airscrew. When the machine is used for extended cruises provision is made for sleeping accommodation, food and water storage, cooking table, etc. A special derrick can be supplied, by means of which an engine can be changed while the aircraft is afloat.
Not carried on board, of course, but intended to be available at any base from which the machine may operate is a launching chassis. This is of nonmagnetic material to avoid interference with the compasses, and consists of port and starboard units. Each is attached to the hull at two points and to the wing at one point by quick-release pins. A small auxiliary wheel is fitted to facilitate manoeuvring on the ground.
Owing to the fact that the inter-plane strutting is so arranged that there is a clear space on the roof of the hull and on top of the lower wing roots, it is possible to carry externally some heavy and bulky object such as a torpedo or a spare engine. The extra drag will not improve the performance, but the ability to carry, on occasion, a heavy load in this position may often be found of considerable advantage.
The standard engine type fitted to the "Stranraer" is the Bristol "Pegasus" IIIM, which is a medium supercharged type, but the Pegasus X can be fitted without modification and gives improved performance, although the range is then slightly reduced.
Reference has already been made to the fact that the petrol tanks are carried in the top centre section. Two oil tanks, each of 19,5 gallons capacity, form the leading edge of the top centre section. Oil coolers are incorporated with the tanks. Hand starting and automatic starting by compressed air are provided. Openings are provided in the engine nacelles to give access to all parts likely to need periodic attention.
A considerable number of Supermarine Stranraer flying boats with 820 h.p. Pegasus engines is to be built for the Royal Air Force.
"Стрэнрир" британских ВВС в полете
With two Pegasus X engines the Supermarine Stranraer biplane flying boat has a performance comparable with that of some foreign monoplane boats in the same class.
The "Stranraer" (two Bristol "Pegasus") making an overland journey
THE FASTEST TWIN-ENGINED BRITISH FLYING BOAT (PEGASUS ENGINES). "CLIMBS ON ONE ENGINE WITH FULL LOAD."
FOR OPEN-SEA RECONNAISSANCE: The new Vickers-Supermarine flying boat, fitted with two Bristol "Pegasus" engines.
The latest Supermarine flying boat, the Stranraer, is shown here. Note the simple bracing.
Vickers Supermarine "Stranraer"
SEAFARER: The first machines of a batch of Supermarine Stranraer flying boats will soon be seen at Southampton. This is the latest version of the prototype, with 840 h.p. Pegasus Xs in place of the earlier IIIs, and three-bladed Fairey airscrews.
Three Vickers-Supermarine Flying Boats in Formation: In the lead is the Walrus, on the right is the Stranraer, and on the left the Scapa.
The flying boats: In the vee, left to right, are the Vickers-Supermarine "Scapa" and "Stranraer," Short "Sarafand" and "Singapore III," and Saro "London"; bringing up the rear is the Saro "Cloud" (Short "Knuckleduster" ???)
Visitors from the seas: the Saro London, two Short Singapore IIIs (centre) and the Supermarine Stranraer.
HIGH-SPEED SERVICE DEVELOPMENT: In a leading article last week Flight called attention to the threat to British commercial flying boat supremacy. On the Service side progress is steadier, and the new Vickers-Supermarine flying boat (Bristol "Pegasus" engines), shown in this remarkable photograph, is one of several types now undergoing trials.
MAKING FRIENDS AT FELIXSTOWE: The new Supermarine "Mark V" flying boat (two "Pegasus III"), on test at Felixstowe last week. Her remarkable take-off is due in no small measure to the 775 h.p. available for that purpose from each of her engines.
Летающая лодка Stranraer из 240-й эскадрильи взлетает на патрулирование в период 1940-1941 годов. Под каждой нижней плоскостью она несет 110-кг глубинную бомбу.
Supermarine Stranraer flying boats with 850 h.p. Bristol Pegasus X engines are under construction for the R.A.F. Note, in this view, the "bomb tanks" for long-range work.
A bird's-eye view of the "Stranraer" alighting on the water.
Pegasus X " engines of 820 h.p. will power the Supermarine " Stranraer." This flying boat has an exceptionally fine all-round
"Стрэнрир" канадских ВВС стоит на якоре в бухте Элфорд (о-ва Королевы Шарлотты)
A close-up of the Supermarine "Stranraer" Flying-boat (two Bristol "Pegasus" engines).
The great crane fishes the new "Pegasus"-powered Supermarine "Mark V" out of the water.
Lowering the big new Supermarine on to its land chassis with Felixstowe's 50-ton crane.
Stern Defence: The rear gunner's cockpit in the "Stranraer." Note also the control "tabs" on rudders and elevator.
The hull of the Supermarine Stranraer recently returned from Canada and now at RAF Henlow to be restored before going to Hendon.
The interior accommodation ot the "Stranraer." On the left, is a view looking towards the pilots' cockpit and forward gun station. The navigator and engineer are accommodated in the compartment ait of the pilots' cockpit. On the right, a view looking towards the tail.
THE FASTEST TWIN ENGINED BRITISH MILITARY FLYING BOAT [PEGASUS ENGINES]