Saunders-Roe Duchess

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Duchess
Role Flying boat airliner
Manufacturer Saunders-Roe
Status cancelled

The Saunders-Roe Duchess also known as the model P.131 was a British design for a large jet-powered flying boat from Saunders-Roe, based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The Duchess was designed to follow the propeller-driven Princess. The Duchess would have been a high-wing cantiliver monoplane with a conventional tail and a full-length planing bottom. It also had retractable stabiliser floats at each wingtip. It was to have had a pressurised and air-conditioned cabin for 74 passengers in two compartments with a freight hold in the centre. The six de Havilland Ghost turbojets were to have been mounted inside the wing roots. The company displayed a model of the aircraft at the 1950 Farnborough Air Show. Tasman Empire Airways considered ordering the aircraft for journeys between Australia and New Zealand but the aircraft was cancelled.

Specifications[edit]

Data from Saunders and Saro Aircraft since 1917[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: four and two cabin crew
  • Capacity: 74 passengers and 600 cu ft (17,000 L) of cargo
    (66 lb luggage per passenger and 3,500 lb cargo)
  • Length: 124 ft 6 in (37.96 m)
  • Wingspan: 129 ft (39.33 m)
  • Height: ()
  • Wing area: 2364 sq ft (219.7 m²)
  • Loaded weight: 130,000 lb (59,100 kg)
  • Powerplant: 6 × de Havilland Ghost turbojet engine, 5,000 lb (22.2 kN) each

Performance

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Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ London 1988, p. 316.