Saunders Medina

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A.4 Medina
Role Ten-passenger flying boat
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer S.E. Saunders Limited
First flight 1926
Retired 1929
Status Withdrawn from use
Number built 1

The Saunders A.4 Medina was a British flying-boat built by S.E. Saunders at East Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Development[edit]

The Medina was built for the Air Council between 1925 and 1926 and was a plywood-covered wooden flying boat powered by two 450hp Bristol Jupiter VI radial engines mounted on to and slung from the top wings.[1] It was an inverted sesquiplane, with the upper wing smaller than the lower wing, and used Warren-type interplane struts.[2] It had a crew of two and room for ten passengers.[1] Only one Medina was built, registered G-EBMG, first flying in November 1926. It proved disappointing, having poor water handling, with its hull being prone to leaks.[3] It was withdrawn from use and scrapped in 1929.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from [1][4][5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 10 passengers
  • Length: 49 ft 0 in (14.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 58 ft 0 in (17.68 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
  • Wing area: 1007 ft2 (93.6 m2)
  • Empty weight: 8060 lb (3656 kg)
  • Gross weight: 11560 lb (5244 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Bristol Jupiter VI, 450 hp (336 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 115 mph (184 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 90 mph (145 km/h)
  • Range: 360 miles (580 km)
  • Endurance: 4 hours

See also[edit]

Related lists

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jackson 1974, page 290
  2. ^ London 2003, p.97.
  3. ^ London 2003, p.98.
  4. ^ Flight 5 July 1928
  5. ^ London 2003, pp.262-263.

References[edit]

  • Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 3. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10014-X. 
  • London, Peter (2003). British Flying Boats. Stroud UK: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-2695-3. 

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