Supermarine Seafang: Sea Hunter

This aircraft was created as part of a project by Supermarine to design a new wing with a laminar profile. This began in November 1942. The machine, designated ‘Type 382’, was based on a Spiteful single seat fighter, despite the fact that the production order for that aircraft had been cancelled.

Specifications for a single seat fighter designated N.5/45 for naval aviation were finalized only in April 1945. Almost immediately two prototypes were ordered, and the machine got its name — Seafang. By May 1945 nearly 150 fighters were ordered for production.

The Seafang F. Mk.32 was a second production series that differed drastically from the first Mk.31 variant, and this was the version planned for mass production.

Since Supermarine was building the machine from scratch, the prototype designated VB895 was only finished in early 1946. The aircraft was equipped with a system that allowed the wingtips to fold up for carrier flight decks. The fighter was powered by a 2350hp Rolls-Royce Griffon 89 engine and coaxial propellers. The design included all the necessary equipment to operate from aircraft carriers.

Four 20-mm Hispano cannons made up the main armament, additionally the fighter could carry rockets and bombs.

 

Despite good flight parameters the production order was cancelled, and attempts to interest other countries in purchasing the Seafang also failed.

All the produced aircraft were used extensively for various testing programs.

In game, the Supermarine Seafang closely resembles its Spitfire siblings from the Great Britain research tree. Just like them, it is a medium-altitude, high-speed, manoeuvrable fighter. Four 20mm cannons provide good accuracy and firepower in close and medium-range engagements. Additionally, it can be equipped with four rockets or a pair of 500lb bombs, making it effective against ground targets too. The Seafang retains it's good manoeuvrablity in a wide range of altitudes, and its powerful boost gives it the ability to move between ground-skimming and high-altitude fights very quickly.

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