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A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:44:34 AM »






http://military.discovery.com/tv-shows/top-secret-weapons-revealed/videos/saunders-roe-sra-1-the-jet-seaplane.htm


Conceived as a means of applying the promised advantages of jet propulsion to a single-seat fighter flying boat for use in the Pacific, the SR.44 was proposed by Saunders-Roe (Saro) during 1943. This proposal led to a contract for three prototypes being placed in May 1944 to Specification E.6/44. To be designated SR.A/1 before first flight, the fighter was of light alloy construction throughout, power being provided by two Metropolitan Vickers F2/4 Beryl turbojets and provision being made for an armament of four 20mm cannon grouped in the forward hull above the air intake. The first SR.A/1 did not fly until 16 July 1947, its Beryl turbojets each being rated at 1465kg. The second flew on 30 April 1948 with 1587kg Beryls and the third followed on 17 August of that year with fully rated Beryls of 1746kg. As no operational requirement remained for a fighter flying boat, official interest waned, and, after a brief revival of interest during the Korean War, the last surviving SR.A/1 was retired in June 1951.

CREW   1
 ENGINE   2 x Metropolitan-Vickers F2/4 Beryl turbojets, 1474-1746kg
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight   8633 kg   19033 lb
    Empty weight   5108 kg   11261 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan   14.02 m   46 ft 0 in
    Length   15.24 m   50 ft 0 in
    Height   5.11 m   17 ft 9 in
    Wing area   38.60 m2   415.49 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed   824 km/h   512 mph

Problem?? This plane is soo cool :D
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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2013, 09:40:19 AM »

It's true what they say...you DO learn something new everyday. I've never seen this plane before and it IS cool!
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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2013, 10:08:24 AM »

I saw the prototype a few weeks ago - it's in the Solent sky museum in Southampton. I don't have the pictures with me i'm afraid.
-Matt
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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2013, 11:54:39 AM »


Intresting Inet/exhuast layout.
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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2013, 12:33:16 PM »

That would be a amazing addition.
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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2013, 04:16:03 PM »

 :o
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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2013, 05:47:52 AM »

This must have been awful to handle... But the concept is really interesting!
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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2013, 02:22:39 PM »

I saw the prototype a few weeks ago - it's in the Solent sky museum in Southampton. I don't have the pictures with me i'm afraid.
-Matt
Me too! I was there twice in 2011, sweet little museum, with great aircrafts! And this bird - the only surviving one of the original three built - unbelievably huge! Hard to imagine how big is this aircraft, the DH Sea Vixen was a little sparrow near her!
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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2019, 06:50:15 PM »

Pardon the necro, but since the thread already exists, it seems better to bump this.

I just discovered this aircraft myself. It first flew in 1947, so that might put it in the Jet Age, but development started in the middle of WWII. It would be nice to have one or two early blueprint designs for a 1946 scenario as well (maybe the SR.44 if any documents exist for it).

Even if only the SR.A/1 variant is added, it would be nice to include it in both WAW and the Jet Age. We already have a few 1947 designs in WAW, so it wouldn't be too far-fetched.
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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2019, 06:59:48 PM »

You mean something like this ?  ;)

In the works.






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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2019, 07:04:45 PM »

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Re: A weird jet: Saunders-Roe SR.A/1
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2019, 07:53:34 PM »

One would assume the engine is that way so it wouldn’t ingest a ton of water on takeoff or landing the US made a jet powered float plane as well but the name escapes me at the moment and if I recall it didn’t work very well
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