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Saunders-Roe: Kittiwake

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1920.
1920.

Note: This is a sub-section of Saunders-Roe Aircraft.

An amphibious Flying Boat, called the Kittiwake.

The Saunders Kittiwake was a British amphibian flying-boat built by S. E. Saunders at East Cowes, Isle of Wight. It was designed to compete for the 1920 Air Ministry Commercial Amphibian Competition although it was too late to enter.

The Kittiwake was a wooden amphibian biplane flying boat powered by two ABC Wasp II radial engines mounted on struts between the upper and lower wing. It had a crew of two and room for seven passengers.

The prototype and only Kittiwake, registered G-EAUD, first flew briefly on the 19 September 1920 with Norman Macmillan at the controls. The aircraft was damaged making a forced water landing immediately after takeoff when the leading edge camber gear was lost. It made a number of experimental flights in 1921 before it was scrapped in July 1921. It was the first of a family of Saunders and Saunders-Roe flying boats.

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