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Supermarine Aviation Co

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1922 - "The company built a vessel British flying boat especially for the Schneider Cup held in 1922, and won the race. The vessel was piloted by Mr H. C. Baird. Though small in size - only measuring some 28ft across the wing tips-it was equipped with a 450 horsepower engine. During its early trials a speed of 150 knots was attained and descents into the sea from a height of 80ft. were made without damage to the hull.

The light and tough construction of the hull was doubtless an advantage in the first part of the trial, when the boat had to float at anchor for six hours unattended, thereby proving its buoyancy and seaworthiness. After the landing trials had been made the real race of 200 miles over a closed triangular course was run. The trophy was first offered in 1913 by Mr. Jacques Schneider, and its permanent holder will be that country which wins it three times in five years. The two previous races were won by Italian machines. In consequence of Mr. Baird's victory the race will next year be flowwn in British waters, possibly at Eastbourne."[1]


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  1. The Engineer 1922/08/18, p 165.