Walkaround - Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart Bu.135765

Walkaround - Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart Bu.135765
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport - Florida Air Museum, Lakeland FL, USA
November 9, 2019.

This is a short walkaround of the Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart Bu.135765 which is on static display at the Florida Air Museum, part of the Sun and Fun Complex located at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland FL.

As the dawn of the jet age, the 1950s saw its share of strange aircraft. Some concepts evolved to ideas still in use today, but others were only the result of trial & error practices fed by huge military budgets. The Convair F2Y Sea Dart was one of these bad ideas.

The Convair F2Y Sea Dart was a unique American seaplane fighter aircraft that rode on twin hydro-skis for takeoff. A number of prototypes were tested from 1951 to 1957, but the model never entered production.
lifted off at about 120 knots and took one mile to achieve this in calm seas. Work on the F2Y-1 testint ran until 1957, when the project was was finally closed.

It holds the distinction of being the only seaplane to have exceeded the speed of sound, though.

XF2Y-1 Sea Dart (BuNo 135762) during a landing [ image: commons.wikipedia.org]
Bu.13576 is one of the four Sea Darts preserved in USA;

Specifications  (YF2Y-1)

ManufacturerConvair (previously Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation)
TypeSeaplane fighter
First year of production1951
Production total5 (all prototypes)
Engine2 × Westinghouse J46-WE-12B afterburning turbojet engines
Engine rating4,500 lbf (20 kN) thrust each dry, 6,100 lbf (27 kN) with afterburner
Maximum take-off weight24,373 lb (11,055 kg)
Empty weight16,725 lb (7,586 kg)
Maximum speed 695 mph (1118 km/h) @ 8000 ft (2400 m)
825 mph (1328 km/h) @ 36000 ft (11000 m)
Take off run5,500 ft (1,700 m)
Landing run1,500 ft (460 m)
Range513 mi (826 km)
Fuel capacity 1,000 US gal (830 imp gal; 3,800 l) usable fuel + 6.5 US gal (5.4 imp gal; 25 l) unusable fuel
Thrust/weight0.56 (max. loaded) / 0.96 (empty)
Climb rate17,100 ft/min (87 m/s)
Length51 ft 1.5 in (15.583 m)
Wingspan35 ft 4 in (10.77 m))
Draughtskis retracted: 40 in (1,000 mm) / skis extended: 96.5 in (2,450 mm)
Wing area568 sq ft (52.8 m2)
Airfoilroot: NACA 0003.30-65 / tip: NACA 0004-65 
Wing loading29 lb/sq ft (140 kg/m2)
Power/mass0.210 kW/kg (0.128 hp/lb)
ArmamentGuns: 4x fixed forward-firing 20 mm (0.787 in) Colt Mk 12 cannon 
Rockets: Fin-Folding Aerial Rockets 
Missiles: 2 × air-to-air missiles 

This is a walkaround I made during a visit to the Florida Air Museum, on Nov/2019. 

All in all, an interesting aircraft, not less.

I hope you find these photos useful somehow. If you have any interesting information about the history of this aircraft, please let me know.


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