Torpedo

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Torpedo

Post by don » 30 Mar 2002 22:05

Here's one
How fast would a torpedo go? How far would one go? Any information about firing one would be great too.

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Post by Takao » 01 Apr 2002 07:13

In 1939, the average 21 inch(diameter) torpedo could travel at 45 knots for a distance of 2.5 nautical miles or at a slower pace of 35 knots for 4 nautical miles. The speed and length of run would vary with different torpedoes. Most usually had three speed settings, the fastest speed travelled the shortest distance, while the slowest speed went the furtherest. I don't have the stats for German torpedoes in front of me, but you could try http://www.uboat.net

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Post by Andy H » 01 Apr 2002 18:16

Not really my area but the following is from "Submarines of WW2" by Ermino Bagnasco.

21" Steam Torpedo used by allied nations;- 3,000-3,300lbs in weight, Warhead Weight between 550-660lbs, Speed between 48-50knots with a range of 4,376yds (4,000m)

21" German Electric Torpedo;- similar weights with a speed between 30-35 Knots and a range of 10,940yds (10,000m)

The 18" Torpedo naturally being smaller carried a smaller warhead and had less range but could hit 47knots.

The Japanese Type 95 Oxygen Torpedo has a range of 20,000mtr's at 50 knots or 37,000mtrs at 36 knots and had the added advantage of leaving no wake.

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Post by don » 02 Apr 2002 13:15

Thanks guys
I always wanted to know how fast they went .
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