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The Wight Seaplane was a British twin-float seaplane produced by J Samuel White & Company Limited (Wight Aircraft). It was also known as the Admiralty Type 840.

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Wight Type 840 on anti-submarine patrol 1915
Role Biplane floatplane
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer J Samuel White & Company Limited (Wight Aircraft)
Designer Howard T Wight
Introduction 1915
Retired 1917
Primary user Royal Navy
Number built 52


Design and developmentEdit

Designed by Howard T Wright and built by the aircraft department of the shipbuilding company J Samuel White & Company Limited, the Wight Seaplane was a slightly smaller version (61 ft (18.59m) span) of the Wight Pusher Seaplane. The aircraft was a conventional two-float seaplane with tandem open cockpits and a nose mounted 225 hp (168 kW) Sunbeam engine. Fifty two aircraft were built and delivered and an extra 20 were produced as spares production being undertaken by Portholme Aviation and William Beardmore & Co., Ltd.[1]

Operational historyEdit

The Wight Seaplane served with the RNAS at Dundee Felixstowe, Scapa Flow and Gibraltar, being used for anti-submarine patrols between 1915 and 1917.[2]


Specifications (Seaplane)Edit

Data from The British Bomber since 1914 [1]

General characteristics


One 810 lb (370 kg) 14 inch torpedo or equivalent weight in bombs.

See alsoEdit

Related development


  1. ^ a b Mason, Francis K (1994). The British Bomber since 1914. London: Putnam Aeronautical Books. ISBN 0-85177-861-5.
  2. ^ Thetford, Owen (1982). British Naval Aircraft since 1912. London: Putnam Aeronautical Books. p. 455. ISBN 0-370-30480-2.
  • Mackay, Chales Edward (2012). Beardmore Aviation: The Story of a Scottish Industrial Giant's Aviation Activities. A Mackay. ISBN 978-0957344303.

*The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.