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Supermarine Southampton

The Flying Boat that Made R.J. Mitchell

Jo Hillman Colin Higgs

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Air World
01 December 2020
The Supermarine Southampton was the first in a series of successful flying boats designed by Supermarine's R.J. Mitchell and was the first one to be designed for the RAF after the First World War. Produced between 1924 and 1934 it entered into RAF service in 1925 and became the second longest serving (behind the Short Sunderland) and one of the most successful of the inter-war flying boats. In an unusual move for the times, the Air Ministry ordered six Southamptons straight from the drawing board as the design had been based on the success of the experimental Supermarine Swan amphibious aircraft. So successful was the aircraft that a further twelve were ordered in July 1925. The Southampton was a hugely successful aircraft for the RAF, the aircraft's main sponsor, and was used for reconnaissance duties and as a patrol aircraft. It became best known for a series of publicly lauded long-distance flights, the intention of which was partly 'flag waving' and partly for gaining valuable experience of flying boats in remote waters. The 1927 Far East Flight became known for the Southampton's display of its prodigious range and reliability. The Southampton was a very successful series of flying boats with sales also being made to Argentina, Turkey and Japan almost doubling Supermarine's business in just a few years. A total of eighty-three of all types were built, all of which are revealed in this unrivalled collection of archive images, the majority of which, having been drawn from private collections, have not been published before. AUTHOR: Coming from a background in BBC television rights and management Jo Hillman entered into the world of aviation via a specialist distribution company and involvement in the filming of air shows. A keen, if amateur, historian she is now the Archive Manager for A Flying History and spends much of her time researching, marketing and developing the Peter Keating and John Stroud archives and the A Flying History brand. Colin Higgs has more than thirty years of experience in the publishing, broadcast and home entertainment industries and for much of that time has co-produced, written and researched aviation documentaries together with Bruce Vigar of Leading Edge TV. Colin's business, A Flying History, was created to make accessible the unique and substantial Peter Keating and John Stroud aviation image collections. 249 b/w illustrations
By:   Jo Hillman, Colin Higgs
Imprint:   Air World
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781526784940
ISBN 10:   1526784947
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   01 December 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

COLIN HIGGS has more than thirty years of experience in the publishing, broadcast and home entertainment industries and for much of that time has co-produced, written and researched aviation documentaries together with Bruce Vigar of Leading Edge TV. Colin's business, A Flying History, was created to make accessible the unique and substantial Peter Keating and John Stroud aviation image collections. Coming from a background in BBC television rights and management JO HILLMAN entered into the world of aviation via a specialist distribution company and involvement in the filming of air shows. A keen, if amateur, historian she is now the Archive Manager for A Flying History and spends much of her time researching, marketing and developing the Peter Keating and John Stroud archives and the A Flying History brand.

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