Scanning model of a classic aircraft

Jan 26, 2016 | 3D Scanning, Classic Aircraft, Reverse Engineering

Our latest project is scanning a large scale model of a classic aircraft for a client.

The Convair F2Y Sea Dart was a unique American seaplane fighter aircraft that rode on twin hydro-skis for takeoff, and is the only seaplane to have exceeded the speed of sound. It flew only as a prototype, and never entered production.

The Sea Dart began as Convair’s entry to a 1948 U.S. Navy contest for a supersonic interceptor aircraft. At the time there was much scepticism about operating supersonic aircraft from aircraft carrier decks, as the supersonic designs from that era had characteristics that would be troublesome in carrier operations.

The Sea Dart test programme in 1953-54 was troublesome, and as by then the U.S. Navy had also solved the issues with supersonic carrier aircraft, the Sea Dart project was dropped.

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