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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Boeing Aircraft of Canada (Blackburn) Shark

Canadian Warplanes of the Biplane Era, 

Boeing Aircraft of Canada (Blackburn) Shark

Data current to 27 Nov 2018.

The Blackburn Shark was a carrier-borne torpedo bomber built in the UK.  It first flew on 24 August 1933 and went into service with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, the RCAF and the Portuguese Navy.  Obsolescent in 1937, it was replaced in the UK by the Fairey Swordfish.  The RCAF purchased seven Blackburn Shark Mk. II (powered by 760 hp/570 kW Tiger VI engines) in 1936 for service with No. 6 (TB) Squadron, later operating as No 6 (BR) Sqn on shipping patrols off the Canadian west coast.  Two Blackburn Shark Mk. IIIs (800 hp/600 kW Pegasus III) were supplied to the RCAF by Blackburn in 1939 as forerunners of 17 similar aircraft built by Boeing Aircraft of Canada at Vancouver, with 840 hp (630 kW) Pegasus IX and used by Nos 6 and 4 (BR) Squadrons.  RCAF Blackburn Sharks, some of which operated as floatplanes, were withdrawn from service in August 1944 and five were then transferred to the RN Air Observers' School in Trinidad.  (Wikipedia)

Blackburn Shark Mk. II (7), (Serial Nos. 501-507); and Shark Mk. III (19), (Serial Nos. 514-526), Boeing Aircraft of Canada Shark Mk. III (Serial Nos. 545-550), for a total of 26 aircraft.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3208198)

Blackburn Shark Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. 525), No. 6 (TB) Sqn, May 1939.

Blackburn Shark Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 502), No. 6 (TB) Sqn, 8 Dec 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583642)

Blackburn Shark Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 502), No. 6 (TB) Sqn, May 1937.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3203457)

Blackburn Shark Mk. II, RCAF  No. 6 (TB) Sqn, May 1939. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545879)

Blackburn Shark Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 503), No. 6 (TB) Sqn, May 1939. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545880)

Blackburn Shark Mk. III, RCAF No. 6 (TB) Sqn, May 1940. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545931)

Blackburn Shark Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 503), 7 Nov 1936.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581009)

Blackburn Shark Mk. II, (Serial No. 503).  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3232302)

Blackburn Shark Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 503).  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3642455)

Blackburn Shark Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 503), 7 Nov 1936.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581010)

Blackburn Shark Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 504) hood. 15 March 1938.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3241747)

Blackburn Shark Mk. II, (Serial No. 504), on skis.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3642460)

 

Blackburn Shark Mk II floatplane (Serial No. 505), RCAF Statino Trenton, Ontario, ca. 1940.  (RCAF Photo)

Blackburn Shark Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. 523), XE-L, No. 6 (TB) Sqn, May 1940. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545930)

Blackburn Shark Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. 525), No. 6 (TB) Sqn, May 1939. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545873)

Blackburn Shark Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. 525), No. 6 (TB) Sqn, May 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545877)

Blackburn Shark Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. 525), No. 6 (TB) Sqn, May 1939. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545876)