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 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.
A really comprehensive work, covering the history of the Schneider races and the people and aircraft involved, in addition to giving very extensive coverage of the S6B's. Technical drawings, factory photographs, press cuttings, walk around shots and a very well written and researched text mean that this is possibly the go-to work for anyone with an interest in the Schneider racers and the S6B's.
Thank you for supplying the above book to me recently. I knew of the aircraft but not the detail that this book contains. The book came very well packaged and arrived securely and as described by yourselves. Really excellent value at this price. Many thanks.
I collect these Haynes aircraft manuals (I now have 36 of them) and this was the best price I could find.
Will certainly be keeping an eye on the shop for further manuals I don’t currently own.