Simplicity was the name of the game for Saunders-Roe’s new trio of flying boats

The first Cutty Sark, G-AAIP, on the River Medina at Cowes, Isle of Wight. Starting life as a flying boat, it featured a conventional hull employing stringer construction. AEROPLANE

The late 1920s was a time of widespread austerity and tough business decisions, affecting many companies across the aviation industry and elsewhere. For S. E.

Saunders Ltd, based at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, this was especially true. By 1929 Samuel Saunders’ firm faced financial troubles, stemming not least from its aircraft department’s unalleviated commercial failure.

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