Sharpe Industries Batfish

Sharpe Industries Batfish

Batfish in flight

In general appearance, the Batfish is indistinguishable from a Consolidated PBY, but differs in several key features. The exterior finish is smoother, and the wings use a low-drag laminar airfoil section; the reduced drag translates to higher cruising and maximum speeds. There are no provisions for bombs or torpedoes as on the PBY, but the mounts for machine guns are retained. Mr. Sharpe likes to point these out as sight-seeing features. Also, as Mr. Sharpe’s primary personal vehicle, the interior appointments are quite lavish. Among other things, guests can enjoy a fully-stocked wet bar. Naturally, there is also a humidor, containing a selection of fine Cuban cigars.

General characteristics

Crew: 8 — Pilot, co-pilot, mechanic/radioman, 5 passengers
Length: 63 ft 10 7/16 in
Wingspan: 104 ft 0 in
Height: 21 ft 1 in (6.15 m)
Wing area: 1,400 ft²
Empty weight: 20,910 lb
Max takeoff weight: 35,420 lb
Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp radial engines, 1,200 hp each
Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0209
Drag area: 43.26 ft²
Aspect ratio: 7.73

Performance

Maximum speed: 250 mph
Cruise speed: 150 mph
Range: 3,300 mi
Service ceiling: 15,800 ft
Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min
Wing loading: 25.3 lb/ft²
Power/mass: 0.034 hp/lb
Lift-to-drag ratio: 11.9
Armament (when installed)
3× .30 cal machine guns (two in nose turret, one at tail)
2× .50 cal machine guns (one in each waist blister)

Sharpe Industries Batfish

Thrilling Tales mcgahatj