Saunders-Roe SR.A/1 TG263

Colin Smedley

Lincoln, United Kingdom

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TG263, 1st prototype of the Saunders-Roe SR.A/1, is the world’s first jet flying boat fighter. It is pictured out in the sunshine on its beaching gear at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in 1982. The design was conceived as a means of allowing the Royal Navy to take the air war to Japan but the SR.A/1 didn’t actually fly until 1948. Three prototypes were flown of what was unofficially known as the “SARO Squirt” but unfortunately the later two both crashed. With the end of WW2 the requirement for this type of aircraft ceased and no more were built with TG263 finally being grounded in the 1950s. Only one other design of jet flying boat fighter actually made it into the air, the Convair Sea Dart.

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