Fit for a Princess - Britain's largest flying boat

An iconic building on the Isle of Wight serves as a reminder of Britain’s largest flying boat. Ken Ellis outlines its brief career

“We rarely took off with all ten engines working. On one occasion we departed on nine and came back on seven.” The words of a flight test observer during the trials of the Princess, the largest flying boat ever built in Britain. At first glance, it appeared to be six engined, but only the outboard ones were singles, the others were coupled turbines driving contra-rotating propellers – that’s ten!

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