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The Supermarine Seamew was a Britishmarker twin engined amphibian, built by the Supermarine company, intended as a small, shipborne aircraft.

Design and development

The Seamew featured a wooden hull and two bay biplane wings with mainplanes utilizing a metal composite construction with fabric covering and braced tail unit with twin fins and rudders. Amphibian equipment included a retractable main undercarriage with fixed tailskid. The crew of three had a single pilot in the nose cockpit, a forward gunner behind the pilot but forward of the lower wing and rear gunner aft of the lower wing. The Seamew prototype N212 made its maiden flight on 9 January 1928.

Operational history

Only two Seamew examples were built as the later Supermarine Walrus was considered more viable. The fictional "Biggles" character in the W.E. Johns' adventure series flew a Supermarine Seamew.


Specifications (Seamew)



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  • Thetford, Owen. British Naval Aircraft Since 1912, Fourth Edition. London: Putnam, 1978. ISBN 0-370-30021-1.

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