Walkaround #705

Supermarine Seagull V (Walrus Mk. II) The Shagbat 

Reference photos by Scott Brown

Nose shot showing ropes

 

      

These photos were taken at the Royal Australian Air Force Museum, Point Cook, Victoria, Australia on multiple visits.

In 1947 the aircraft depicted here, Supermarine Seagull V (Walrus Mk. II) HD-874, was painted all over yellow and issued, by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), to the Department of External Affairs for their Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE). It only flew one survey mission before being wrecked on Heard Island by an Antarctic storm. It remained there until 1980, when it was salvaged by the RAAF and returned to Point Cook RAAF base for storage until restoration by a group of volunteers began in 1993.

Restoration finished this aircraft is on display at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook and is one of only four survivors of the type in the world.

Scott Brown

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starboard front view

Starboard wing float clearly showing wing skin of clear perspex

Starboard lower wing
Nose Detail showing rope attachment points

 

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Looking along Port wing toward engine

Port view of tail assembly

Port wing lower float and landing light assembly
Port wing float looking toward tail support struts

 

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Port wing float showing bracing cable

Port outer wing strut showing pitot tube on strut and wire brace detail
Port landing gear anchor point
Close up of bow mooring rope attachment point

 

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Starboard view showing engine mount struts, cabin windows and ID plate

Starboard wing showing clear perspex covering

Starboard view looking toward the tail
During restoration

 

Photos and text by Scott Brown