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Saunders-Roe

The Saunders-Roe name was adopted in 1929 after Alliot Verdon Roe (see Avro) and John Lord took a controlling interest in the boat-builders S.E. Saunders. The company, commonly abbreviated to Saro, concentrated on producing flying-boats, but none were produced in very large quantities – the longest run being 31 Londons. They also produced hulls for the Blackburn Bluebird. Spartan Aircraft Ltd. was merged into Saunders Roe in 1931. During WW2 Saro manufactured Supermarine Walrus and Supermarine Sea Otters. In 1951 Saunders-Roe took over the interests of the Cierva Autogyro Company, a helicopter design of which was developed into the Skeeter helicopter. In 1952 came the prototype Princess, but the age of the flying-boat was over, and no further new seaplanes were produced at Cowes, Isle of Wight. Modification work on Short-built flying boats continued at Cowes until 1955. The last fixed-wing aircraft built by Saro was experimental SR53 mixed-power interceptor. In 1959 it demonstrated the first practical hovercraft built under contract to the National Research Development Corporation to Christopher Cockerell's design, the SR.N1. In the same year Saro's helicopter and hovercraft interests were taken over by Westland Aircraft which continued the Skeeter family with the Scout and Wasp.
Saunders-Roe SR 53 RAF Cosford has several really interesting experimental aircraft types in its collection, including ...
Saunders-Roe AOP.12 Skeeter XL762 With the Cierva Autogiro Company Ltd running into severe financial woes from which it would not reco...
Saunders-Roe SR.53 XD145 Photographed at Cosford on 18 February 2004. The Saunders-Roe response to specification F.138D was ...
Saunders-Roe SR.A/1 first prototype TG263 Photographed at the Solent Sky Museum, Southampton, on 12 February 2009. There is unfortunately no ...
Saunders-Roe Skeeter Mk 7 AOP Mk 12 XM564 Photographed at the Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset on 15 February 2009. Restoration: 73 Aircraft Wo...
Saro (Saunders-Roe) Skeeter AOP12 Saro (Saunders-Roe) Skeeter AOP12. XL762 On display at the Museum of Flight, East Fortune. Taken on...
Saunders-Roe Skeeter AOP.12 XM533 Photographed on 20 May 2011 at the YAM, Elvington. C/n S2/5107, civil registration G-AWSV. The Ske...
Saunders-Roe SR.53 XD145 at RAF Museum Photographed at the RAF Museum, Cosford, on 23 May 2011. See also picture #7761. 16 May 1957 20-min...
Aeroplane at RAF Cosford museum Another aircraft upon which I have no information. On display at RAF Cosford in September 2011 is th...
Saunders Roe Skeeter AOP Mk.12 XL811 2-seat army observation helicopter, c/n S2/5096, photographed in The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super...
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