SEABIRD SB5E SENTINEL VH-SBU
MSN 90003

 

 

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-SBU
   
04DEC90
  Registered VH-SBU to Seabird Aviation Australia Pty Ltd, Pialba, QLD. (Source: 1)
11JAN91
  Flew for the first time powered by the Emdair CF 112, horizontally opposed, twin cylinder, air cooled engine of 87hp (65kW). (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  Cancelled from the Australian Register as withdrawn from use.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
3
25SEP18
Created an individual page for VH-SBU. Previously VH-SBI and VH-SBU had been listed on a combined page.
2
12MAY17
Added an article from AERO Magazine with thanks to Stewart Wilson.
1
11MAY17
Original issue.