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Supermarine S.6

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Part 2 of the

Golden Age of Flight Series

Instructions

-When on water, prevent flipping by using full UP elevater at speeds above 50mph or 30% throttle

-Takeoff using 50% throttle, full up elevator. Liftoff occurs ~110mph

Nose-level at ~310mph (75% throttle)

-Landing use 5% throttle, do not touch the surface until speed is BELOW 100mph, maintain FULL UP elevator until speed falls below 50mph

Flight Characteristics

Purpose built for maximum speed below 3000 feet over a 150 mile triangular race course . Stall speed ~90mph. Handling is sluggish below 200mph and distinctly nose-heavy below 300mph. Oversized ailerons give strong roll response at race speeds. At 75% throttle, she will top out and fly level with a gentle climb around 310mph (altitude dependant). Maximum speed is ~358mph with distinct nosing up.
The aircraft wasn't designed to fly at high altitude, so performance above 3000 feet will deviate from history.

TLDR she flies best at full throttle



Champion of the 1929 Schneider Trophy Air Race, the S6 would set a world speed record of 357mph later that year. But this was not the first Supermarine to become a world champion, nor would it be the last. What sets the S6 apart from all the other gorgeous and innovative planes of the Schneider Trophy era was its legacy. This plane marks the first partnership between RJ Mitchell, the man who would design the Supermarine Spitfire and Sir Henry Royce, the man who would begin work on the legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.

The story of any great airplane is really the story of a great aircraft engine. Mitchell had already won big with the venerable Napier Lion W-12 in his Supermarine S.5, but he knew the engine was at the end of its development life. Smaller W12 engines were popular for their lightness, but they couldn't be enlarged without seriously compromising aerodynamics, and Mitchell needed a bigger engine. At the same time, Rolls-Royce was getting nowhere with their massive V-12 Buzzard engine and the board of directors would have preferred to focus on more lucrative projects. But Henry Royce prevailed over the naysayers within his company and presented Mitchell with a revised design of the Buzzard that used forced induction. The result was their mediocre 800hp engine had been transformed into a 1,900 horsepower supercharged monster.

This experience convinced Royce that the supercharged V12 was the way of the future and he had the company set to work designing a new engine from the ground up to be as powerful as the Buzzard-R but massively more reliable. The British Air Ministry wasn't interested, and Rolls-Royce had to develop the whole thing out of their own pocket. Royce called it the PV-12 (standing for Private Venture, 12-cylinder) but he did not live to see it reach production. That engine became known as the Rolls-Royce Merlin.

Please check out my other planes in this series:
The Curtiss JN4D "Jenny"
The mobile version of the Curtiss JN4D "Jenny"

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • This plane has been featured
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 29.6ft (9.0m)
  • Length 29.0ft (8.8m)
  • Height 13.1ft (4.0m)
  • Empty Weight 17,931lbs (8,133kg)
  • Loaded Weight 19,012lbs (8,623kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.368
  • Wing Loading 12.8lbs/ft2 (62.7kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,481.4ft2 (137.6m2)
  • Drag Points 6740

Parts

  • Number of Parts 489
  • Control Surfaces 5
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    Also incredible.

    7 months ago
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    @PlanesOfOld Yeah, SP has come a long way, and so have your planes!

    1.6 years ago
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    41.6k PlanesOfOld

    here it is, can't believe it was almost 3 years ago. @F104Deathtrap

    1.6 years ago
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    @PlanesOfOld I'VE SEEN THAT ONE! Very impressive that you got the shape so close with only panels. At least I think I saw it but I can't seem to find it now. Did you upload it?

    1.6 years ago
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    41.6k PlanesOfOld

    I remember making one of these in the old days before fuselage blocks, good times.

    +2 1.6 years ago
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    @MasterGunner51 I'm glad you like it! Yes, there aren't many seaplanes on here, and fewer that fly well, so I tried my best to keep the controls fun and sharp.

    1.6 years ago
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    This is awesome! I can pull of stunts in this thing!

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    1,711 Davisplanez

    W-W-Wow...

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    7,156 Mustang51

    Yeah I guess it makes it almost easier to build it in the game but at the same time they also just look so much nicer in my opinion @F104Deathtrap

    +1 1.6 years ago
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    1,876 KSPFSXandSP

    @F104Deathtrap Great! I'll prepare my upvote finger!

    1.6 years ago
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    @Mustang51 Thanks! Yeah, I really do love 50's and 60's jets but I seem to have more luck with older planes. I think it has to do with how people used to design them based off of "look and feel" rather than a solid understanding of fluid dynamics.

    1.6 years ago
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    7,156 Mustang51

    I didn’t realise how much I would learn from other people in SimplePlanes hahaha. Also on your current type of builds, I used to love your older stuff (the jets and such) but these have been really fantastic. I would say these type of aeroplanes are the ones you really show your skills for. @F104Deathtrap

    1.6 years ago
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    43.8k Sgtk

    @F104Deathtrap Anytime. She's a beautiful bird!! Superb work!!

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    @F104Deathtrap thank you

    1.6 years ago
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    @RaZoRgAmInGxD Working on a low part count version, yes.

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    @F104Deathtrap can you make a Android version of it or just 200 parts please

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    Thanks for the spot @SGTK

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    @KSPFSXandSP Thanks! My next project tells a very similar story, I think you'll dig it.

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    @Mustang51 Doolittle was an amazing person. He graduated from MIT with a doctorate in aeronautical engineering, the first american to earn such a degree, and was the first person to take off, fly and land an airplane solely by cockpit instruments (the windows were completely covered over). The 20's and 30's were full of amazing people like that, hence the series I'm working on.

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    1,876 KSPFSXandSP

    I love this aircraft almost as much as its far more famous successor, the Supermarine Spitfire!

    1.6 years ago
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    7,156 Mustang51

    I had no idea that Doolittle was a racing pilot! It must have really been terrifying up there. I started looking into this now a lot more now and it’s really interesting. @F104Deathtrap

    1.6 years ago
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    @MisterT Thanks man! Lemme know if there's anything you want to see improved in my next plane.

    1.6 years ago
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    24.8k MisterT

    It's finally here ! I was waiting for this one, it looks like a sexy girl ! You have my upvote before my download !

    1.6 years ago
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    @BogdanX Thank you for checking this thing out. Good find! I thought they just built it w/out flaps, like a Catalina or something. As for trailing edges, I will dissect a few of your planes, is there anybody else who makes great wings that I should look into?

    1.6 years ago
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    238k BogdanX

    Pros:
    1. Beautiful shape overall, plane looks cool. Wait, it's a replica, so is quite accurate.
    2. Flies really well, no stability issues. Plausible agility too. It can take off easily from water.
    3. Accurate paint scheme, looks similar to one on wiki file.

    Cons:
    1.no flaps... but on this one flaps are tricky, because they are (i quote)
    The wings had ailerons and flaps, with the flaps inboard of the ailerons. The two were links, so that the ailerons moved when the flaps did.
    2. Is time to learn to make better custom controls, with sharp trailing edges, instead of round. (look at my recent builds, how i do them).

    PS: i didn't check the official specifications and performances

    1.6 years ago
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