Short SB.3 Sturgeon
Originally designed as a twin-engined naval reconnaissance bomber for operation from the Ark Royal and Hermes-class aircraft carriers. With the end of the war, the need for such an aircraft receded and so a new specification was drawn up to convert the Sturgeon into a high-performance carrier-based target tug, suitable for towing targets for ground-to-air firing practice, photographic marking of ground-to-air firing, target towing for air-to-air practice by night and day, 'throw-off' target practice and radar calibration.
The FAA received a small number during the early 1950s.
The Short SB.3 had an anti-submarine twin Mamba powered development.
Engines: 2 x 2080hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 140
Max take-off weight: 9840 kg / 21694 lb
Empty weight: 7696 kg / 16967 lb
Wingspan: 18.26 m / 60 ft 11 in
Length: 13.70 m / 45 ft 11 in
Wing area: 48.16 sq.m / 518.39 sq ft
Max. speed: 590 km/h / 367 mph
Ceiling: 10700 m / 35100 ft