TAG Aviation helps to return Supermarine Seaplane to the air

The extraordinary challenge – to rebuild an airworthy Supermarine S5 Seaplane - is being led by one of TAG Aviation’s own pilots, Will Hosie

With over 22,000 flying hours, Will has a wealth of experience in aircraft such as Airbus, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Beechcraft, Bombardier, de Havilland and various seaplanes plus aerobatics and charity flights.

It’s likely that without the S5 and S6 seaplanes, the more famous Supermarine Spitfire would never have been designed and built. These British aircraft competed with the French, Italians and Americans in the Schneider Trophy contests from 1913 to 1931. In the 1920s and 30s the Schneider Trophy, a speed contest for seaplanes, was arguably the most exciting and glamorous sporting event in the world. Britain won three consecutive contests and thereby won the trophy outright and forever, setting a new World Air Speed Record for the time.

The original S5
The original S5 TAG Aviation

By 2027, the centenary, the aim is to bring the S5 back to life. The project hasn’t been without its setbacks. COVID meant the team had to move the build from Bordeaux, France to Bodmin, UK - and then a devastating fire struck the hanger. The drawings, the build and the materials were all lost, which meant starting again from scratch. Despite all of this, plans are getting back on track and aviation business specialists TAG report that they’re “excited to be involved in the future progress of the rebirth of this aviation icon.” www.supermarineseaplane.co.uk

Work continues on the project
Work continues on the project TAG Aviation