Supermarine Walrus

A British single-engine amphibious biplane reconnaissance aircraft designed by R. J. Mitchell

Announcement / Release
June 21, 1933
Discontinuation
around 1944
Birth Place
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

About

The Supermarine Walrus was a biplane designed for use as a fleet spotter to be catapult launched from cruisers or battleships. Later the Walrus was employed in other roles, notably as a rescue aircraft for aircrew in the sea. The Walrus continued in service throughout the Second World War, with the Fleet Air Arm (FAA), Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). It was the first British squadron-service aircraft to incorporate in one airframe a fully retractable main undercarriage, completely enclosed crew accommodation and all-metal fuselage.

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