Aviation Photo #1282030 Saunders-Roe SR-45 Princess - Untitled

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The first Princess flying boat under construction in the Columbine hangar on the Isle of Wight. Not yet officially registered when this photo was taken. First flight was on 22 August 1952. Sadly the Princess never went into production, and G-ALUN was scrapped in 1967.
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    John Toms
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    Saunders-Roe SR-45 Princess
    Saunders-Roe SR-45 Princess
    Saunders-Roe SR-45 Princess
    SR901
    G-ALUN
    East Cowes
    England
    United Kingdom
    August 12, 1949
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Photo Added: October 18, 2007

Comments (8)

Anonymous
10 years ago
Shame she was obsolete by the time she flew in 1952, even if she was still a magnificent piece of design. Quite a unique photo, don't think there will be any others in the database of her under construction.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic John, I can't speak for anyone else but I think these old shots are little historical gems. Well done! 5*
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photograph, John. I was at Farnborough a few years later to see it fly - a memorable sight, and sound, indeed!
Anonymous
10 years ago
What a beauty (both the plane and the shot)! These kind of pictures make airliners.net so special!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Would have liked to been around when she was built. Proper craftsmanship without the lazy mans tool. Computers!
Cool shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
A classic shot of an unforgetable aircraft which gives an excellent idea of its massive proportions, exemplified by the size of the workmen and hangar which nicely frames the shot.
Anonymous
7 years ago
She's more like a Flying Ship. It looks like a destroyer in dry dock. Epic Spruce Goose proportions.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Thank you very much for sharing this piece of history with as. Although very impressive, I still can’t fathom why anyone would create such aircraft. What was its primary purpose – passenger, cargo? In those days jet aircrafts were already flying, so what’s the point? No wonder it didn’t survive. It should never be built in a first place.

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