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by HW 22 Aug / 2

Published on 22, 2012

the early the Saunders-Roe Princess was largest flying ever built Britain and, one of largest aircraft conceived in It could 105 passengers style and comfort of sleeper cabins two decks a pressurized Fine seats, bars, a and spacious were part the deck All of comforts of air travel envisioned, making plane the jewel of travel.  Further, Princess would linked Britain the Far since the boasted a range of 5,000 miles.  it could cruised at feet of Yet the was doomed the start, no buyers its extraordinary Caught at crux of it was pinnacle of boat designs into the of the land-based jet

The Bristol engines with propellers on wing of S.R.45 Princess.

Technical Triumph


Saunders-Roe S.R.45 was an marvel.  Not was the huge, nearly the scale the rather capable Spruce but it featured new turboprop power The Princess fitted with Bristol Proteus engines, eight which were in tandem drive counter-rotating while the two outboard each drove single prop.  Proteus engines over 3,000 each and the aircraft have produced combined 30,000

The interior of the Princess as in the s promotional advertised as Richard Lonsdale-Hands click to the details the layout.

on design offered by Ltd. the Government requested three of giant seaplanes built specifically serve BOAC trans-Atlantic route London and York.  The Princesses were constructed in largest hangar the Saunders-Roe located at on the of Wight.  then, the were so that they to be down to that the foot high cleared the doors.  Only the prototype was outside the hangar the engines fitted.  Thereafter, plane was the tail G-ALUN and for its test flights.

First Flight Years Ago

On August 1952 (sixty ago today!), Saunders-Roe S.R.45 prototype G-ALUN taken out the company pilot, Geoffrey Once motoring on the waves off Solent, Tyson that the were perfect a test and likewise, Saunders-Roe management it would a public coup to the plane than planned.  more extensive of taxi-trials skipped over the plane its first lifting off waves and the Solent.  reached 225 while the rolled and first flight 120 miles distance flown, in a touchdown back the Solent.

The Saunders-Roe Princess in

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After landing, Tyson described Princess as like a plane, not a huge at all perfect public coup.  The was stable, on the and had abundance of After its flight, the returned to carefully outlined program and soon issued type certificate.  short order, was advertising giant flying to as airlines as could, reaching as far Australia s with offers it to an early customer.  Meanwhile, faltering support BOAC, the two aircraft construction at Cowe hangar held back.  1953, the was brought the Farnborough in an to drum business.  It made a flyover to amazement of crowds.

The of the

Despite the efforts of marketing team, projected high costs of Princess drove the few who might been enticed consider the flying boat their line Put simply, engines and huge hull had to constantly maintained salt water carried a cost.  Furthermore, the early commercial airlines abandoning seaplane They opted acquire land-based as being cost-effective.  Ultimately, the giant s original BOAC, abandoned project entirely.  and the of Britain an ill-fated to proceed with the but with de Havilland That fateful would not spell the of Saunders-Roe a fixed commercial airline but also in the of the

The S.R.45 in all its glory, the day its first 60 years today in history.

Certainly Saunders-Roe SR.45 would have a new for luxury travel.  Certainly would have airlines in different direction, at least while longer from land-based toward seaplane around the Yet also the Princess have been maintenance and hungry nightmare.  would have non-competitive from start.  With failure of Saunders-Roe Princess, era of seaplane and boat had to an Today, as sit cramped the cattle section of modern airliners ply the between Europe the United and Asia, can look with wonder the luxury would have within reach the Saunders-Roe

Above all, was a plane, the flying boat of history.

de Havilland 1, the s first produced jet entered in early 1950s.  the start, flaws resulted a number crashes in first few of the s service Many lives be lost at first to unknown A government of inquiry convened to and fix plane s and after research, the of the pointed to number of issues to The one that everyone to as most compelling a simple The de designers had the common or oval windows in of more interesting square The square of these were stress that soon from the of metal This seemingly issue resulted catastrophic inflight failures with loss of lives the literally came in midair.  later iterations the Comet design, the s flaws resolved and would go to fly decades in commercial and service.

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