Supermarine Seagull V (Walrus Mk. II)  The Shagbat

These photos were taken by Scott Brown 

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Photos directly below were taken at the Royal Australian Air Force Museum, Point Cook, Victoria, Australia on multiple visits.

In 1947 the aircraft depicted here, Supermarine Seagull V (Walrus Mk. II) HD-874, was painted all over yellow and issued, by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), to the Department of External Affairs for their Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE). It only flew one survey mission before being wrecked on Heard Island by an Antarctic storm. It remained there until 1980, when it was salvaged by the RAAF and returned to Point Cook RAAF base for storage until restoration by a group of volunteers began in 1993.

Restoration finished this aircraft is on display at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook and is one of only four survivors of the type in the world.

Nose shot showing ropes
starboard front view
Starboard wing float clearly showing wing skin of clear perspex
Starboard lower wing


Nose Detail showing rope attachment points
Looking along Port wing toward engine
Port view of tail assembly
Port wing lower float and landing light assembly


Port wing float looking toward tail support struts
Port wing float showing bracing cable
Port outer wing strut showing pitot tube on strut and wire brace detail
Port landing gear anchor point


Close up of bow mooring rope attachment point
Starboard view showing engine mount struts, cabin windows and ID plate
Starboard wing showing clear perspex covering
Starboard view looking toward the tail


During restoration

Photos and text 2006 by Scott Brown (Ozgenie)