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Supermarine Scimitar F.1 Jet Fighter Plane

The Supermarine Scimitar was a navel jet strike fighter first flying in January 1956 and entering service with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm the following year, it is of note that it was the last fighter built by Supermarine. The design incorporated many advanced ideas which proved to be problematic in operation requiring vast amounts of maintenance and having a poor safety record - 39 aircraft were lost in accidents, partially due to the aircrafts need for a longer carrier flight deck than those operated by the FFA at the time.

Supermarine Scimitar F.1 Jet Fighter Plane

 

As a result of the Scimitars safety and maintenance problems only 76 aircraft were built, these were totally withdrawn in favour of the de Havilland Sea Vixen in the interceptor role and the Blackburn Buccaneer in the attack/bomber role by early 1966, some of the remaining aircraft were operated as tanker aircraft or FRADU aircraft until the last of the Scimitars was finally stuck off in December 1970.

Supermarine Scimitar F.1 Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 55 ft 4 in (16.87 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 2 in (11.33 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 3 in (4.65 m)
  • Wing area: 485 ft (45.06 m)
  • Empty weight: 21,000 lb (9,525 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 34,200 lb (15,515 kg)
  • Engine: Twin 11,250 lbf (50.0 kN) Rolls-Royce Avon 202 turbojets
  • Maximum speed: 710 mph (1,145 km/h) at sea level
  • Range: 600 mi (965 km)
  • Service ceiling 50,000 ft (15,200 m)

Supermarine Scimitar F.1 Armament:

  • Guns: Four 30 mm ADEN cannons
  • Hardpoints: Four which could be fitted with the following combinations-

          Four AGM-12 Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
          Four AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
          Four Rocket Pods fited with 8, 16, or 24 3in (76 mm) SAP or HE unguided rocketsx

 

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