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Neither of Saunders-Roe’s two commercial jet flying boat projects, the P131 and P192, saw the light of day — but the concepts in themselves were impressive

SARO JET FLYING BOATS

After the Second World War, the future of British flying boats looked bleak. However, while Blackburn and Short Brothers turned their attentions mostly towards landplanes, Saunders-Roe continued to persevere with major new flying boat projects.

Henry Knowler had been the Saro chief designer since 1927, having previously worked at English Electric and Vickers. By the time he retired in 1957 he was acknowledged as one of the leading names in marine aircraft. In the post-war period his team’s creations included a new single-seat jet fighter flying boat, the SRA/1, and a 100-plus-seater turboprop passenger airliner, the Princess.

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