The Saunders-Roe Princess was the last large flying boat produced in the world. First flying on 22 August 1952, it featured two decks, capable of carrying 105 passengers on intercontinental flights.
Powered by six Bristol Proteus turboprop engines, it featured a range of 9,210 kilometres and cruised at a 580 kilometres per hour. Just one aircraft took to the sky, as the flying boat era was essentially already finished when it was produced.
Saunders-Roe Princess Video
Following on from the last video about the Boeing 737-100, this time we cross the Atlantic and look at the Saunders-Roe Princess flying boat. The video is produced by the excellent Mustard channel on YouTube and runs for around 10 minutes.
Lush animation is a hallmark of the videos produced by Mustard, and this one continues the trend. All aspects of the Princess are covered, such as the details of its design, the reasoning behind making the aircraft and why it was not a success.
Saunders-Roe Princess Interior
The aircraft was designed for luxury travel and featured two complete decks. Passengers would have had access to an on board lounge, dressing rooms and even single and twin berth cabins.
Seating both first class and tourist class, it promised luxury for long overwater flights. Unfortunately for Saunders-Roe, the world’s first jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet 1, entered service the same year.
World War II resulted in the construction of many airports with long runways, meaning land planes were now the preferred method of travel. They did not have the issues with corrosion and safety that the flying boats had, making them far more economical to operate.
The Saunders-Roe Princess is another one of those interesting British designs that never entered service. While their aviation industry was technologically advanced, some of the designs from that era were very ill timed.
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