The Saunders-Roe princess was the last large flying boat created in the world. First flying on 22 August 1952, it featured two decks, capable of carrying 105 passengers on intercontinental flights.
Powered by six Bristol Proteus turboprop engines, it featured a range of 9,210 kilometers and cruised at a 580 kilometers per hour. Only one aircraft took to the sky, as the flying boat era was basically already finished when it was created.
Saunders-Roe Princess Interior
The Saunders-Roe Princess was designed for luxury travel and featured 2 complete decks. Passengers would have had access to an onboard lounge, dressing rooms and even single and twin-berth cabins.
Seating both first-class and tourist class, it promised luxury for long overwater flights. Unfortunately for Saunders-Roe. The world’s first jet airliner, the de Havilland comet one, entered service the same year.
World War II resulted in the construction of many airports with long runways. Which means land planes were now the popular method of travel. They didn’t have the issues with corrosion and safety that the flying boats had, making them far more economical to operate.
The Saunders-Roe princess is another one of those fascinating British designs that never entered service. While their aviation industry was technologically advanced. A number of the designs from that era were very ill-timed.