Saunders- Roe Princess Flying Boat

Picture: Global Aviation Resource

A Blast From The Past: The Saunders- Roe Princess Flying Boat

Picture: Global Aviation Resource

Seaplanemagazine.com Facebook commenter Margaret E.Denham LeBoutillier recently made us aware of a special plane from the past which we immediately earmarked for our “Blast From The Past” queue. The SR.45 Princess was a large flying boat, being the largest all-metal flying boat to have ever been constructed. The Princess featured a rounded, bulbous, “double-bubble” pressurized fuselage which contained two full passenger decks; these decks had sufficient room to accommodate up to 105 passengers in great comfort. On August 22, 1952, the prototype, G-ALUN, conducted its maiden flight, which lasted for 35 minutes and circled the Isle of Wight.

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