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Short Brothers: Seamew

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1955. Landing on HMS Bulwark.
1956. Landing on HMS Bulwark.
Sept 1956.

See Short Brothers and Harland.

Please note: This is a sub-section of Short Brothers Aircraft.

An anti-submarine reconnaissance and attack aircraft.

The Short SB.6 Seamew was a British aircraft designed in 1951 by David Keith-Lucas of Shorts as a lightweight anti-submarine platform to replace the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA)'s Grumman Avenger AS 4 with the Reserve branch of the service. It first flew on 23 August 1953, but, due to poor performance coupled with shifting defence doctrine, it never reached service and only 24 production aircraft had flown before the project was cancelled.


  • SB.6 Seamew
    • Three prototype anti-submarine aircraft, one completed as a structural test rig.
  • SB.6 Seamew AS.1
    • Production anti-submarine aircraft for the Royal Navy, 60 aircraft ordered later amended to 30 but only 24 completed.
  • SC.2 Seamew MR.2
    • Production aircraft for the Royal Air Force, 30 aircraft ordered but only 14-built that were converted or completed to AS.1 standard.

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