Saro SRA-1
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Saro SR.A/1

    Flying-boat Fighter
The SR.A/1 in it's natural environment

    Engine:. 2x Metropolitan-Vickers F2/4 "Beryl" turbojets
    Wing Span: 46'
    Length: 50'
    Height: 16' 9''
    Weight: Empty 11,262 lb / Loaded 16,225 lb
    Maximum Speed: 512 mph
    Ceiling: N/A
    Endurance: 2.4 hours
    Crew: 1
    Armament: 4x 20mm cannons / 2x 1,000 lb bombs or 16x 120 lb rockets
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
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