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Saunders-Roe A.37 Shrimp

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After designing the S.38 four-engined patrol flying-boat to Specification R.5/39, Saro built, as a private venture, a two-seat half-scale model as the Saro A.37, often called the Shrimp. The R.5/39 programme did not go ahead, but the Saro A.37 was completed in time to make its first flight in October 1939. Powered by four 63kW Pobjoy Niagara III engines, it was later modified to have a single fin and rudder, and other features representative of the Shetland flying-boat jointly developed by Shorts and Saro. In this guise, it acquired the serial TK580, and was tested from early 1944 until after the war had ended. The Shrimp was dismantled in Felixstowe in 1949.

Saunders-Roe A.37
Engines: 4 × Pobjoy Niagara III, 95 hp / 71 kW
Length: 42 ft 3.25 in / 12,89 m
Wingspan: 50 ft / 15,24 m
Wing area: 340 sq.ft / 31,6 sq.m
Height: 12 ft 8.75 in / 3,88 m
Empty weight: 4,362 lb / 1,983 kg
Loaded weight: 5,700 lb / 2.591 kg
Maximum takeoff weight: 6,200 lb / (2,818 kg
Maximum speed: 113 kt / 130 mph / 209 km/h
Climb rate: 635 m/min / 3,22 m/s
Wing loading: 16,8 lb/sq.ft / 82 kg/sq.m
Power loading: 0,067 hp/lb / 0,11 kw/kg
Endurance: 3 hours
Seats: 2

 


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