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Picture of the Saunders-Roe SR-A/1 aircraft

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TG271 (cn G-12-1) Taken with my box camera on a visit to Saunders-Roe, Isle of Wight. Tthis aircraft was flown that day by the well-known test pilot, Eric 'Winkle' Brown. Unfortunately, there was no time to sweep the landing area before he landed and a mast from a dismasted yacht hit his hull, sinking the aircraft. Winkle was trapped in the cockpit and inhaled a lot of water before surfacing. Just as he passed out, he jammed his thumb into a drain hole, preventing him from sinking while unconcious, allowing him to be saved.
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