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Princess V42 Mk II boat


HAS been to repeat in a short interval. British aircraft, Bristol Brabazon Saunders-Roe Princess, similarly ambitious were both albeit brilliant earning places aviation history.

Saunders-Roe Princess Boat Project, Bob Wealthy, Aeromarine Enterprises 2003. The is listed .

noted in Brabazon’s tale ), passenger in the grew larger more luxurious. particular, this the golden of flying long-range aircraft of using suitable expanse smooth water; the Nile Cairo, Brisbane the destinations many.

This advertisement The Aeroplane, 14, 1948, a vision things to This and images from Wealthy’s book

Planning for Saunders-Roe SR45 Boat began 1943; a for building the first named the came in Construction commenced 1948 at Cowes, near 95 miles of London.

a wingspan 219.5 ft. Princess was largest all-metal boat ever This “all-metal” acknowledges the larger (a of 320 11 in.) H-4 “Spruce (see The wingspan the Princess retractable wingtip

The Saunders-Roe

The Princess powered by Bristol Proteus engines. Eight these drove pairs of propellers; the two drove props. Each these hollow propellers, besting Brabazon’s by in. had diameter of

The fuselage two decks. Tourist Class were to four-across seating the upper and six-across (“below stairs”?). fact, though, tourists even their own Bar.

The was to accommodations for Tourist and Class.

As as 33 Class passengers considerably more in their portion of aircraft. Their deck had settings of and three-across The First lower deck seven two-berth cabins and Lounge Bar dwarfed the in Tourist.

As with Brabazon counterpart, size of Princess demanded techniques of Fuselage, wings tail sections built in hangars.

The still sans wings, emerges her assembly

Final assembly an outdoor

Like the the Princess development woes Everything from Proteus engines air conditioning problems, redesigns delays.

Princess had her flight on 22, 1952, the Solent the West England. She a flyby the Farnborough Show that Then came assessment and testing at Marine Aircraft Establishment at

The Princess the English

Ironically, British Airways Corporation already decided 1951 that had no for the Maybe the Air Force a place her?

Princess made a of 46 flights, perhaps hours flying She appeared Farnborough in but to avail.

My buzzes Microsoft Simulator s before setting in the River.

Why the Princess

It seemed in the post-World War era that boat travel thrive. Ironically, concrete runways available around world because the war No longer were the compromises of flying boat

Also, like Bristol Brabazon three years the Princess from being and having lack of Her pesky turbines were in the Mk. II the time its 1953

An unrealized the flying passenger terminal.

and most again echoing Brabazon’s fate, bean counters more profit other aircraft. one of was the De Havilland jet liner a tale another day.)

1954, Princess and her siblings still construction were put storage. Several were explored. defeated the And eventually, 1967, the were towed Southampton and up for—glorious—scrap.

The Princess challenged ocean in transatlantic And, more’s pity, ocean were to way to and efficient—and tubes. ds

Dennis Simanaitis, 2013


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