The Sturgeon development started during the middle to late war years first as a high-performance torpedo bomber carrier-borne soon to be changed into a carrier-borne recon bomber. First flown in 1946, the Sturgeon proved to be sound and very promising, but the war had ended: the carriers from where it was designed to operate were cancelled taking with them the possible future of “wet feet” Sturgeons. In order to not waste such good design a humbler new life was found for them, as land based target tugs. The long-nosed TT.2 was the main production model.
Contra-rotating Rotol props in those RR Merlin 140 engines and a performance to match. Some tug.