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Sunday, April 15th 2012, 8:57pm

Shipborne Aircraft

Commonwealth CAC-9 Skua (OTL modified Vought V-143)

Advanced/Carrier Trainer

Power: Pratt & Witney 900hp R-1830-64 Twin Wasp

Armament: Four 7.62/0.3in machine guns

Size: Wingspan - 33ft
Length - 27ft
Wing area - 190sq ft

Weight: Empty - 3500lb
Max take-off - 4400lb

Performance: Max speed - 310mph
Ceiling - 27,000ft
Range - 900 miles
Climb - 2900ft per minute

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "Desertfox" (Apr 15th 2012, 8:57pm)


Sunday, April 15th 2012, 8:59pm

Commonwealth CAC-11 Strix (based on OTL Weiss WM-23 Ezustnyil )

Carrier-borne fighter. The wing is a modified version of the Heinkel He-112 wing.

Power: Pratt & Witney 1,350 hp R-1830 Twin Wasp

Armament: Four 7.62/0.3in machine guns

Size: Wingspan - 34ft 9 in
Length - 34ft
Wing area - 250sq ft

Weight: Empty - 5500lb
Max take-off - 9000lb

Performance: Max speed - 340mph
Ceiling - 29,000ft
Range - 900 miles
Climb - 3200ft per minute


Sunday, April 15th 2012, 9:00pm

Fairey Albacore Mk.II

Modified version (not OTL)

(specs to come)


Sunday, April 15th 2012, 9:03pm

Douglas Dauntless

Specs as in OTL


Sunday, April 15th 2012, 9:05pm

Curtiss SOC Seagull

Specs as in OTL


Tuesday, January 22nd 2019, 9:06pm

Hawker Sea Fury FN.Mk.I

A further development of the aborted P.1020 Light Tempest,
the P.1022 was developed under N.7/41 with assistance from Gloster to
make a naval variant of the Tempest. Promising figures of a performance
superior to new Supermarine fighter (465mph at 18,000ft) meant the
Admiralty ordered 100 Sea Fury
Mk.1 fighters off the drawing board and Gloster was to produce all the
production machines. Armament comprises four wing-mounted 20mm Orkileon
FFB cannon and two 1,000lb bombs or 8 2lb RPs can be carried underwing.
The first flight was 21 February 1942.

Dimensions; 38.4/34.8/15.10/280 sq ft; 1x 2,470hp Bristol Centaurus
VIII; max speed 460mph at 18,000ft; range 700 miles with internal fuel
and service ceiling 35,800 ft.


Tuesday, January 22nd 2019, 9:09pm

BCAC (Bristol) Type 162 Bathurst

Again in the spirit of streamlining logistics, reducing costs, and replacing the Albacore and Dauntless, the RAN began looking for a torpedo bomber. the design selected was based on the losing Bristol entry to the competition that lead to the Barracuda. The design was updated with retractable landing gear, and a more powerful Centaurus engine. Together with the Sea Fury the new plane would form the basis for the RAN's carrier air wings. An initial order for 110 (+80 options) being placed.

In 1942 Australia ordered a new naval torpedo-bomber reconnaissance
aircraft in both carrier-based and floatplane forms from Bristol. The
design is based on a tender made to meet the RAF’s Spec S.24/35, but
updated to include retractable undercarriage, a Bristol Centaurus radial
engine, a ventrally-mounted ASV Mk III set can be fitted and new
construction techniques are used to save weight. The usual crew is
pilot, navigator/ bombardier and radio-operator/ gunner. The first
prototype flew on 14 June 1943 and the first deliveries began during the
summer of 1944. The three variants are the basic torpedo-bomber, a
reconnaissance variant with the ASV Mk III which is fully armed except
it cannot carry torpedoes and the seaplane variant with twin floats and
which retains the folding wings for shipboard use.
The production split is: 130 torpedo bombers, 22 ASV-equipped reconnaissance and 38 seaplanes.

Dimensions; 50/ 40/ 13.5/ 450 sq ft; 1x 2,470hp Bristol Centaurus VIII;
max speed 270mph at 11,000ft; range 680 miles (internal fuel and
carrying a torpedo); MTOW 14,000lbs and service ceiling 28,200ft.
Armament: 2x 0.5in Browning machine-guns and one dorsal 0.303in Browning
machine-gun and one 1,500lb torpedo or three 500lb or seven 250lb bombs
in underfuselage and underwing racks or 8x 3in RPs under the wings. Two
90 gallon drop tanks or two supply or rescue canisters can also be
fitted instead of bombs under the wings.



Tuesday, January 22nd 2019, 9:30pm

Gloster G.45 Sea Meteor FSN.Mk.VI

One of the early production Gloster Meteors was fitted with two RB.50 Trent propeller-turbines and it first flew on 20 September 1944. Apart from the engines and the addition of 7ft 11in five-blade Rotol propellers a longer undercarriage was required. This became, in effect, the prototype G.45. As second navalised prototype was built and made its first flight 20 July 1945. Twenty ordered for the RANAS in 1944. Entry into service was during 1946.

Dimensions; 43/ 41.3/ 13/ 374 sq ft; 2x 750shp + 1,250lbs Rolls-Royce RB.50 Trent I; max speed 412mph; range 800 miles; service ceiling 35,000ft and MTOW 13,795lb. Armament: 4x 20mm Orkileon FFB2 cannon and two 250-1,000lb underwing bombs or 8x 60lb RPs.


Thursday, February 7th 2019, 5:00pm

Vought OS2U3 Kingfisher

Twenty aircraft acquired by the RANAS and RNZAF in 1945 for use aboard light cruisers in the reconnaissance role.

Crew: Two, pilot and observer
Length: 33 ft 10 in (10.31 m)
Wingspan: 35 ft 11 in (10.95 m)
Height: 15 ft 1.5 in (4.61 m)
Wing area: 262 ft² (24 m²)
Empty weight: 4,123 lb (1,870 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 6,000 lb (2,721 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-2 radial engine, 450 hp (336 kW)
Maximum speed: 164 mph (264 km/h)
Range: 805 mi (1,296 km)
Service ceiling: 13,000 ft (3,960 m)
Guns: 2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) M1919 Browning machine guns ( one on flexible mount for observer )
Bombs: 650 lb (295 kg) of bombs


Friday, March 15th 2019, 3:25pm

Douglas Skyraider S.1

In 1946 the RANAS began looking for a replacement for the BCAC Bathurst in the torpedo-bomber role, and also becoming interested in dive-bombings as well, issued a new requirement.
Three contenders were assessed, the Fairey Spearfish, Grumman TB3F-1 Guardian and the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider. The Skyraider, being a single-seat offering, was the surprise winner due to its performance and load-lifting abilities while still being compatible with current RAN aircraft carriers. Following a brief handling assessment in November 1947, an order was placed for 90 Skyraiders and deliveries began in July 1948.

Crew: One
Length: 38 ft 10 in (11.84 m)
Wingspan: 50 ft 0¼ in (15.25 m)
Height: 15 ft 8¼ in (4.78 m)
Wing area: 400.3 ft² (37.19 m²)
Empty weight: 10,470 lb (4,749 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 18,029 lb (8,178 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-3350-24W radial engine, 2,500 hp (2,000 kW)
Maximum speed: 321 mph (517 km/h)
Cruise speed: 198 mph (319 km/h)
Range: 1,553 mi (2,500 km)
Service ceiling: 26,000 ft (7,925 m)
Rate of climb: 2,300 ft/min (11.6 m/s)
Armament: 4 × 20 mm Oerlikon FFB(A) with 200 rounds per gun; 15 external hardpoints with a capacity of 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) and provisions to carry combinations of bombs, torpedoes, mines and 3in (76mm) unguided rockets