Vickers Supermarine Type 529

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Introduction: The Type 529 is the straight wing prototype predecessor of the Type 525 which would later become the Supermarine Scimitar.

Background: This aircraft was made as a specification for a new carrier based jet-aircraft which eventually became the Supermarine Scimitar. This specific prototype was the straight wing version which afterwards became the Type 525 which had swept wings.

Description: The Supermarine Type 529 has its origins in the late 1940’s when the Royal Navy was testing a flexible rubber deck for an aircraft carrier where aircraft would land on the underside of its fuselage. However, in 1948 the Admiralty had second thoughts and it was decided to fit a tricycle undercarriage to the aircraft and this became the Type 508. The type 508 had a V-tail and was powered by two Rolls-Royce Avon engine mounted on the side of the fuselage. It flew for the first time on the 31st of August 1951 and carrier-trails were tested aboard HMS Eagle. They had added a Slightly larger tail-cone to accommodate a tail warning radar (kind of an RWR) and it carried the planned 4x 30mm cannons. It was significantly different enough to be designated as the Vickers Supermarine Type 529. Both the 508 and 529 were in straight-wing configurations.


Performance and Weaponry:

General Characteristics:

Wing span: 41ft (12.50); folded 20ft (6.10m)

Length: 50ft (15.24)

Gross wing area: 340sq ft (31.62 sq m)

Weight: 21,100 IB (9,571KG)


Powerplant: 2 x Rolls-Royce Avon RA.3 turbojets each 6,500 (28.9kN) thrust

Max level speed: 607 mph (977 km/h) or Mach 0.89 at 30,000ft (9,144m)

Service ceiling: 50,000ft (15,240m)


Armament: 4 x 30mm Aden Cannon

Conclusion: I think it would be a very good fit for an event or battlepass vehicle. I think it would be a good fit in around 8.0-8.3 BR. Thanks to AVROVULCANXH558 for helping me with finding the sources!



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