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Porte Super-Baby
Felixstowe Fury


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Porte's ultimate design was a tri-plane flying boat, unofficially nicknamed the 'Porte Super-Baby', but officially designated Felixstowe Fury. With wings spanning 37.5 m (123 ft), the Fury was powered by five 360-hp Rolls-Royce Eagle engines, two as tractors and three as pushers. Flying con-trols, initially, were power-assisted by servomotors. After successful flying trials, the Fury was in the last stages of preparation for a projected flight to South Africa on August 11, 1919, when it was wrecked in Harwich harbour. All work on a second Fury was then stopped and the Fury programme cancelled. In October 1919, John Cyril Porte, the man whose inventive genius had conceived the F-series of flying boats, died in Brighton of tuberculosis.

Engines: 5 x 334 hp Rolls-Royce Eagle VII
Span: 37.5 m (123 ft)
Length: 19.2 m (63 ft 2 in)
Height: 8.4 m (27 ft 6 in)
Maximum speed: 156 km/h (97 mph) at 609.5 m (2000 ft)

 

 


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