Supermarine Scylla

The Supermarine Scylla was a flying boat originally designed to replace the Felixstowe F.5, but that was eventually used for taxing trials only.

In 1921 the Air Ministry issued Specification 14/21, for a replacement for the Felixstowe F.5, a successful flying boat of the First World War.

The Scylla went through two very different designs. The first was to be a triplane torpedo bomber, with gun positions in bow and dorsal positions, and the pilots carried in a raised cockpits amidships. It was to be powered by three 550hp Condor engines.

The version that was completed emerged as a monoplane flying boat, powered by two Eagle IX engines. It had a very deep bow profile, with two steps, and a fuselage that curved up towards the tail. It had a biplane tail with twin fins and rudders. It had room for a crew of five, with the cockpit towards the nose.

The sole Scylla was delivered to Felixstowe early in 1924, but it was only ever used for taxiing trials.

Engine: Two Rolls Royce Eagle IX engines
Power: 360hp each
Crew: 5

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (9 March 2017), Supermarine Scylla , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_supermarine_scylla.html

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