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Portsmouth Aerocar Major

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The prototype Portsmouth Aerocar Major G-AGTG was flown on June 18, 1947 when it was exhibited at the1947 SBAC Show held at Radlett, UK.

 

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It was powered by two Blackburn Cirrus Major Series III engines of 155hp each. The retractable undrcarriage was pneumatically operated, and the manufacturer envisioned both ski and float versions as well. The pod and boom layout and its multi-role capability attracted much interest, despite the fact that the prototype was somewhat under powered or over weight. But after a promising start, financial backing for full development and production was not forthcoming, and by the latter part of 1948 the Aerocar project was abandoned following re-structuring of the Portsmouth Aviation Company. It was scrapped in 1950.

 

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