Original Drawings
The dedicated team of researchers at San Diego Air & Space Museum helped extensively, providing us some of the few surviving original Convair drawings.
Historical Research
Hundreds of historical photos were studied in detail extracting as much information as possible. Using these images we made sure we had a sound understanding of the aircraft configuration in 1954.
Surviving Aircraft
Of the five SeaDarts built three still survive and are available to view in the United States. Our team travelled to Lakeland Airport, Florida to study the surviving aircraft on display at the Sun ‘N Fun Aviation museum. We left with thousands of photos, measurements and scan data.
With the Original SeaDart having a complex ski retraction system we felt it beneficial to scan the ski and mechanism on the surviving aircraft. This helped further our understanding and contributed to our prototypical design allowing us to extract real-world geometric data.