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Blackburn B-24 Skua

A rugged monoplane dive bomber. Advanced in concept, it was nevertheless nearing obsolescence when it entered service. The Skua was a low-wing monoplane with a distinctive 'greenhouse' cockpit. Originally intended to act also as two-seat fighter, it was clearly unsuitable for that role. The German cruiser Koenigsberg had the dubious honour, on 10 April 1940, to be the first large warship sunk by aircraft --- 16 Skuas.

All types was removed from first-line service in 1941.

Blackburn B-25 Roc

Fighter developed from 136 aircrafts Skua, armed with a four-gun turret. This shipboard equivalent to the Defiant suffered not only from a bad tactical concept but also from having ridiculous performance for a fighter. After a few months it was relegated to training duties. The Roc could be equipped with floats, but only three ever were.

General characteristics Skua II
Primary function Dive bomber
Power plant One 9cylinder Bristol Perseus XII radial engine
Thrust 905 HP 675 kW
Wingspan 46.2 ft 14.07 m
Length 35.6 ft 10.85 m
Height 12.4 ft 3.79 m
Wingarea 312 sq ft 28.98 sq m
Weight empty 5,490 lb 2,490 kg
max. 8,228 lb 3,732 kg
Speed 225 mph 362 km/h
Ceiling 19,095 ft 5,820 m
Range 800 mi 1,287 km
Armament 5x 7.7mm machine gun;1x 227 kg bomb or 8x 14 kg bombs
Crew Two
First flight 9.2.1937
Date deployed November 1938
Number built 192
General characteristics Roc
Primary function Fighter
Power plant One 9cylinder Bristol Perseus XII radial engine
Thrust 905 HP 675 kW
Wingspan 46 ft 14.02 m
Length 35 ft 10.67 m
Height 12.4 ft 3.79 m
Wingarea 310 sq ft 28.8 sq m
Weight empty 5,018 lb 2,276 kg
max. 8,800 lb 3,992 kg
Speed 196 mph 315 km/h
Ceiling 17,720 ft 5,400 m
Range 800 mi 1,287 km
Armament 4x 7.7mm machine gun; 110 kg bombs
Crew Two
First flight 23.12.1938
Date deployed April 1939
Number built 136


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