SEABIRD SB5N SENTINEL VH-SBI
MSN 89001 PROTOTYPE

 

 

QAM thanks Seabird Aviation Australia for the donation of this aircraft.

 

It should be noted that the Seabird Sentinel was originally offered with a choice of engine. The SB5N was powered by a Norton engine while the SB5E was powered by an Emdair engine. Unfortunately, Seabird Aviation were let-down by both engine types and it became necessary to modify the design to accommodate a Lycoming engine with the type eventually entering production as the SB7L Seeker. The donation of the two locally produced prototypes, 001 and 003, represents a very significant acquisition for QAM. (002 was a static test airframe)

 


VH-SBI
   
The aircraft was built at Toogoom, Qld (near Hervey Bay). Initially it was marketed as the Seabird 2, a development of the Seabird 1 which subsequently became the Rouseabout. (Source: 2)
04AUG89
Registered VH-SBI to Seabird Aviation Australia Pty Ltd, Pialba, QLD. (Source: 1)
01OCT89
As the Sentinel prototype, the aircraft flew for the first time powered by a Norton NR 642 twin rotor rotary engine of 90hp (67kW). (Source: 2)
06AUG04
Cancelled from the Australian Register as withdrawn from use. (Source: 1)
12APR17
Donated to QAM by Seabird Aviation.
19APR17
Arrived at QAM Caloundra by road.
   
     

 

SEABIRD AVIATION AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION LIST

 

The QAM Seabird Collection
Rouseabout Mk 3 10-0281
SB5N Sentinel VH-SBI
SB5E Sentinel VH-SBU
SB7L-360A3 Seeker VH-EQN

 

 

Click on the image to read more about the Seabird Sentinel and Seeker.

Source:
AERO Magazine (#28 Oct/Dec 2010)
with permission of the author and publisher.

 

SOURCES
1
Tony Arbon, AustAirData
2
Peter Adams, Seabird Aviation

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
4
25SEP18
Created an individual page for VH-SBI. Previously VH-SBI and VH-SBU had been listed on a combined page. Also added an image of VH-SBI suspended from the hangar rafters at Hervey Bay.
3
30AUG17
Added seven new images of VH-SBI thanks to Peter Adams.
2
12MAY17
Added an article from AERO Magazine with thanks to Stewart Wilson.
1
11MAY17
Original issue.