Freightdog 1/72 Saunders-Roe SR.177 RAF/RAE complete kit
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In February 1952 the Cowes based Saunders-Roe company tendered to meet specification F.124T to supply a small rocket powered interceptor, able to fire fifty unguided projectiles at its target, then glide back to base, or allow its pilot to escape via a jettison able cabin, like the Bachem Natter. Saunders-Roe were awarded an amended contract on 9th May 1952 now calling for a mixed power project. Work began on the Mach 1.3 capable SR.53 high-speed research aircraft, however the SR.53 would not materialize as a combat ready design, but instead valuable experience gained by the company could prove the concept for a larger more capable aircraft. This project was to become the Saunders-Roe SR.177. In May 1955 the go ahead was given to meet the requirements of the Royal Air Force under O.R.337, and of the Royal Navy under N.A.47. First flight of the Mach 2.3 SR.177 was planned for early 1958. By September 1956 this was refined to cover a batch of twenty-seven airframes, including nine development aircraft for each service. The design was designated P.177R and P.177N, for the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm respectively. The first five aircraft, powered by one Gyron Junior turbojet and supplemented by a Spectre rocket engine were allocated serials XL905-07, 920 and 921. These five would fly without radar or weapons capability to speed development.
The future of the P.177R and P.177N was looking bright, with potential British orders for one hundred and fifty of each variant, along with strong export potential from the West German armed forces (known as the P.177K). Unfortunately, it was not to be, the Defence White Paper of April 1957 resulted in the immediate cancellation of the RAF P.177R, reducing the initial batch from twenty-seven to eighteen aircraft. The Royal Navy P.177N survived until December of that year, while work on the near completed prototypes continued, by Christmas Eve the whole project was cancelled.
Saunders-Roe's last attempt to revive the project, the sale of all five airframes under construction to Japan (including tooling and completed SR.53’s) proved unsuccessful and all partially completed components and tooling was destroyed.
This kit will be dispatched from 15th November 2018.