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Short S.10 Gurnard

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A contender to Specification 0.22/26 calling for a high-speed shipboard reconnaissance-fighter capable of being flown with either wheel or float undercarriage and suitable for catapult operation from cruisers and larger warships, the S.10 Gurnard was awarded a two-prototype contract.

One of the prototypes, the Gurnard I, was to be powered by a 525hp Bristol Jupiter X nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, and the other, the Gurnard II, was to have a 525hp Rolls-Royce Kestrel IIS water-cooled 12-cylinder Vee-type engine. A single-bay biplane of metal construction with fabric skinning, the Gurnard had an armament of one fixed forward-firing 7.7mm machine gun and a similar-calibre weapon on a Scarff ring for the second crew member.

The Gurnard II was the first to fly, on 16 April 1929, as a floatplane, the Gurnard I following in landplane form three weeks later, on 8 May. 

 

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Gurnard II

 

Both prototypes were tested at the A&AEE, but the Hawker Osprey was selected in preference and no production of the Gurnard was ordered. The Gurnard II was flown - commencing on 15 June 1931 - as an amphibian with a single main float.

Gurnard II
Wingspan: 11.27 m / 37 ft 0 in
Length: 9.60 m / 32 ft 6 in
Wing area: 39.85 sq.m / 428.94 sq ft
Max take-off weight: 2360 kg / 5203 lb
Empty weight: 1662 kg / 3664 lb
Max. speed: 213 km/h / 132 mph at 10,000 ft
Ladng speed: 54 mph / 87 kph
Endurance full pwr: 30min at SL / + 3 hr at 10,000 ft
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Short S.10 Gurnard

 

 

 


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