By Ralph Pegram
Ralph Pegram relates the story of the Schneider Trophy competitions and details the development of British high-speed seaplane designs.
On 13 September 1931 the Schneider Trophy was won outright for Britain on Southampton Water by Flt Lt John Boothman flying Supermarine S6B, S1595, with a record-breaking average speed of 379 mph. He examines the anatomy of the S6B (including the Rolls-Royce R engine), as well as giving rare insights into its flying characteristics and how it was maintained, operated and - of course - raced in the final competition.
This book is Hardback.
Haynes have done it again! I've been reading online about this very exciting era of the Schneider Trophy and our British entries between the wars, and just had to have a book on the subject!
Author Ralph Pegram has produced a very readable and superbly illustrated book here. This book really delves into the technical side of the Supermarine company's trophy winner, the rather unromantically named model 'S6B'. As many will already know, and the reader will soon learn, this aircraft, being developed around the 1930-mark, enabled Supermarine to really understand the subject of speed agility in one aircraft design, and that experience was ultimately utilised a few years later; just in time for the start of the Second World War, where the design became known, of course, as the Supermarine Spitfire. The reader will really get to grips with all the technicalities of the design work and all the trials and tribulations of producing a new aircraft for a particular purpose. A very well-researched book. Top marks Haynes, yet another winner!!
This will be gift
To anyone remotely interested in aviation and or engineering this aircraft was so advanced for it’s day in thinking outside the box and this book explains all with plans and period photos .
This is a superb book, even by the usual high standards of this series. The author is a real expert on the period and provides an excellent background chapter on the Snyder Cup competition and early entrants. The Supermarine floatplanes are then covered in detail, with a superb technical description of the S6 and S6B. These were highly stressed racing aircraft, pushing the technology of the day as far as it could go, and the danger (both physical and technical) becomes very apparent. The chapter from the pilots' point of view is positively hair raising. The text is also very well supported by drawings and period and modern photographs.
So good to see the Haynes books now including a set of line drawings for their subject. These, along with the superb reference material for which this publisher is now renowned, make the manuals a must for the scratch model maker.