New additions to the Archive
As part of our ongoing work to document and make accessible the Society's historical and reference collections, we also receive donations from our members and the public. The items outlined have been recently collected and were apparently saved from Vickers-Armstrongs South Marston prior to closure. Amazing to consider that the 1936 file concerning the Spitfire I contains the hand written and drawn work of those involved in the early development of the aircraft. The annotations inside suggest it was retained in the vault at the Supermarine factory at Woolston in Southampton and therefore survived the bombing raids during the Battle of Britain.
Vickers-Armstrongs printed drawings of Seafire III general arrangement and Addendum I to Report No 30027: Strength of Fuselage. 1943-1944.
One original file and one photocopy file of Supermarine I Production Type Record: Type Record Master Tracings. Certification of Design, Dimensions and General Particulars, Weight Sheet Summary, Centre of Gravity Diagram, Aerodynamic Particulars, Wing Characteristics, Airscrew Characteristics, Gliding Flight at Ground Level, Engine on Flight at 17,000ft, Stressing Assumptions, Particulars of Engine Installation, Strength of Wing Structure, Strength of Aileron, Strength of Tailplane and Elevator, Strength of Fin and Rudder, Strength of Tail Wheel, Strength of Fuselage, Strength of Flying Controls, Strength of Pilot’s Seat, Strength of Engine Mounting, Strength of Undercarriage, Strength of Tail Trimming Controls, Strength of Landing Flap, Strength of 2 Blade Wood Airscrew, Short Length Compression Tests on Rib Boom Section, Test on Braced Nose Ribs, First Weighing Production Spitfire (K9787), Undercarriage Retracting Gear, Undercarriage Retracting System, Fuel System, Oil System, Glycol Cooling System, Engine Starting and Ignition, Pneumatic System (Wheel Brakes, Gun Firing, Trailing Edge Flaps and Landing Lamps), Installation of 20mm Bore Cannon, Strength of Integral 4 Blade Wooden Airscrew, Structural Strength of at 7250lbs/1200lb of Lead Weights in Wings, Structural Strength with 30 Gallon Overload Wing Tank, Cancelled by T/R 331/1 Production, Strength of Wooden Rudder, Cancelled by T/R 350/1 Prototype, Strength and Stiffness of Wooden Elevator, Spitfire N3297, Spitfire R6700, Strength of Fuselage (Inverted Landing), Certificate of Design (51st and Subsequent Aeroplane), Certificate of Design (First 50 Aeroplanes), Strength of Airscrew Covering Use of 100 Octane Fuel, Cancelled by 340/1 Prototype, Cancelled by 357/1 Prototype, 170 Gallon Tank (Boulton Paul Aircraft Limited), Fitment of 29 Gallon Fuselage Tank etc (Boulton Paul Aircraft Limited) and Wooden and Metal Elevators with Increased Horn. 1936.
Vickers-Armstrongs Limited Supermarine Works Sea Otter (Civil Version) Specification. 7 Feb 1946.
Vickers-Armstrongs Limited Supermarine Works Attacker Specification. 1946.