|The SRA-1 started
life in 1943 when Saro proposed the SR.44 a flying-boat fighter (inspired
by the Japanese Nakajima A6M2-N"Rufe" and Kawanishi N1K1"Rex" floatplane
fighters) which could be used in the Pacific Theatre of war. In May
1944 a contract was awarded under specification E.6/44 to Saro for
three prototypes of the SR.44 now called SR.A/1. The first prototype
took to the air on the 15/6/1947 some four years after it's proposal!
The second and third aircraft followed soon after wards, the SR.A/1's
were flown and tested for four years with the second and third planes
being lost in accidents. By 1951 the need for a flying-boat fighter
had disappeared and the last SA.A/1 was retired in June of that year.
And in the air