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Saunders Medina

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Top speed  184 km/h
Length  15 m
Wingspan  18 m
Manufacturer  Saunders-Roe

The Saunders A.4 Medina was a British flying boat built by S.E. Saunders at East Cowes, Isle of Wight.



The Medina was built for the Air Council between 1925 and 1926 and was a plywood-covered wooden flying boat powered by two 450 hp Bristol Jupiter VI radial engines mounted onto and slung from the top wings. It was an inverted sesquiplane, with the upper wing smaller than the lower wing, using Warren-type interplane struts. It had a crew of two and room for ten passengers. Only one Medina was built, registered G-EBMG, first flying in November 1926. It proved disappointing, having poor water handling, with its hull being prone to leaks. It was withdrawn from use and scrapped in 1929.


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General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Capacity: ten passengers
  • Length: 49 ft 0 in (14.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 58 ft 0 in (17.68 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
  • Wing area: 1007 ft2 (93.6 m2)
  • Empty weight: 8060 lb (3656 kg)
  • Gross weight: 11560 lb (5244 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Bristol Jupiter VI, 450 hp (336 kW) each
  • Performance

  • Maximum speed: 115 mph (184 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 90 mph (145 km/h)
  • Range: 360 miles (580 km)
  • Endurance: 4 hours
  • References

    Saunders Medina Wikipedia

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