Saro Shrimp

Saro Shrimp

infobox Aircraft
name = A.37 Shrimp
type = research aircraft
manufacturer = Saunders-Roe Limited

caption =
designer = H Knowler
first flight = October 1939
introduced = 1939
retired = 1949
produced =
number built = 1
status = Scrapped
unit cost =
primary user = Saunders Roe
more users = Air Ministry
developed from =
variants with their own articles =
The Saunders Roe A.37 Shrimp was a 1930s British two-seat four-engined experimental flying boat built by Saunders-Roe Limited ("Saro") at Cowes.


The Shrimp was designed by H Knowler in 1939 as a half-size research aircraft as part of a development programme for the Saunders-Roe S.38 a four-engined patrol flying-boat to Specification R.5/39 - a replacement for the Short Sunderland. The R.5/39 project was cancelled but the Shrimp was completed as a private venture. Registered as G-AFZS, it was first flown at Cowes in October 1939. It was based at Beaumaris, Anglesey where a slipway was built for it. The Ministry of Aircraft Production acquired it in 1944 with the serial "TK850" for tests to help the design of the Short Shetland a successor to the R.5/39 project being developed jointly by Saro and Short Brothers. For this its twin rudder tail was swapped for a single fin.

The Shrimp was scrapped at Felixstowe in 1949.


*Air Ministry
*Saunders Roe


aircraft specification

plane or copter?=plane
jet or prop?=prop
ref=Warplanes of the Second World War, Volume 5, Flying Boatscite book |last= Green|first=William |title= Warplanes of the Second World War, Volume 5, Flying Boats|year= 1968|publisher= Macdonald|location=London |isbn=356 01449 5]

length main= 42 ft 3¼ in
length alt= 12.89 m
span main= 50 ft
span alt= 15.24 m
height main= 12 ft 8¾ in
height alt= 3.88 m
area main= 340 ft²
area alt= 31.6 m²
empty weight main= 4,362 lb
empty weight alt= 1,983 kg
loaded weight main= 5,700 lb
loaded weight alt= 2,591 kg
max takeoff weight main= 6,200 lb
max takeoff weight alt= 2,818 kg
engine (prop)=Pobjoy Niagara III
type of prop= radial engine
number of props=4
power main=95 hp
power alt= 71 kW
max speed main= 113 knots
max speed alt= 130 mph, 209 km/h
range main=
range alt=
ceiling main=
ceiling alt=
climb rate main=635 ft/min
climb rate alt=3.22 m/s
loading main=16.8 lb/ft²
loading alt=82 kg/m²
power/mass main=0.067 hp/lb
power/mass alt=0.11 kW/kg
more performance=*Endurance 3 hours

ee also



similar aircraft=

*List of seaplanes and flying boats

see also=


*cite book |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title= The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985)|year= |publisher= Orbis Publishing|location= |issn=
*cite book |last= Jackson|first= A.J.|authorlink= |coauthors= |title= British Civil Aircraft since 1919|year= 1974|publisher= Putnam|location= London|isbn=0 370 10014 X

External links

* [ British Aircraft Directory]
* [ British aircraft of WWII]

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