The Supermarine Walrus

When returning to a launch ship, the Walrus would land on water and be lifted aboard by a crane. BOTH KEY

Although originally designed to fulfil a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) requirement, the Walrus went on to serve both the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm and the RAF throughout World War Two. Compared with Supermarine’s most famous design, it was an inelegant and rudimentary looking creation, but it was undoubtedly fit for purpose and proved to be of great value in more than one role.

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