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Design and development
The SEV-3 was an all-metal cantilever low-wing monoplane powered by a nose-mounted 420 hp (313 kW) Wright J-6 Whirlwind radial engine. It had two cockpits in tandem, a forward cockpit for the pilot and a rear cockpit for two passengers, both with sliding canopies. It could either be fitted with twin amphibious floats which had main wheels fitted in the floats to allow it to operate from land, or with a fixed tailwheel undercarriage with the mainwheels enclosed in large fairings.
The SEV-3 first flew as a floatplane in June 1933, demonstrating excellent performance as both an amphibian and a landplane. It was built in small numbers mainly for export.
An SEV-3 established a world speed record for piston-engined amphibians in 1933, and on 15 September 1935, a Wright Cyclone-powered SEV-3 set a record of 230 mph (370.8 km/h) which stood for 49 years. A landplane version was also developed with conventional landing gear.
The design influenced a long line of Seversky and later Republic aircraft, eventually leading to the development of the P-47 Thunderbolt. A landplane version was used by the United States Army Air Corps as a basic trainer with the designation BT-8.
- Amphibian for the Colombian Air Force, six built.
- Landplane basic-trainer for the United States Army Air Corps, 30 built.
Data from United States Military Aircraft since 1909
- Crew: 2
- Length: 24 ft 4 in (7.42 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.98 m)
- Wing area: 220 ft2 (20.4 m2)
- Empty weight: 3,017 lb (1,317 kg)
- Gross weight: 4,050 lb (1,841 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985-11 Wasp Junior, 450 hp (336 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 175 mph (282 km/h)
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- Green and Swanborough Air Enthusiast Ten, pp. 9–10.
- Green and Swanborough Air Enthusiast Ten, p. 9.
- "Amphibian Flies Nearly Four Miles a Minute" Popular Mechanics, December 1935
- Swanborough and Bowers 1963, p. 527.
- at sea level
- Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. "The end of the beginning...The Seversky P-35". Air Enthusiast, Ten, July–September 1979, pp. 8–21.
- Howson, Gerald. "A Seversky in the Spanish War". Air Enthusiast, Eighteen, April–July 1982, pp. 32–36.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985) London: Orbis Publishing, 1985.
- Swanborough, F.G. and Peter M. Bowers. United States Military Aircraft since 1909. London: Putnam, 1963.
- Taylor, Michael J.H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions, 1989. ISBN 0-517-69186-8.
- "Fast American Amphibians", Flight, 16 November 1933