The Saro SR. A/1 TG263 flying in early configuration. Geoffrey Tyson took the jet fighter into the air for the first time on the evening of July 16, 1947. The take-off run surprised the pilot with its shortness.
TG263, now fitted with metal sliding hood, taking off from the River Medina in April 1951 on a trial flight with Geoffrey Tyson at the controls.
TF271, the third and final SR.A/1, clearly showing the “pen-nib” exhaust fairing. This aircraft was first flown on August 17, 1948 and during the following month appeared at the SBAC’s Farnborough show, where Tyson excited those assembled with his inverted flypasts.
View of TG263 taken off Cowes, Isle of Wight, in July 1947 during a press demonstration by Geoffrey Tyson.
During the early hours of June 15, 1951, Tyson landed TG263, by then wearing the B-Condition marks G-12-1, at Woolwich Reach on the Thames.
During the early hours of June 15, 1951, Tyson landed TG263, by then wearing the B-Condition marks G-12-1, at Woolwich Reach on the Thames. The aircraft was then towed upriver and moored at the South Bank, for British Gas Turbine Week, held in conjunction with the Festival of Britain. The flight from the Isle of Wight is reported to have taken all of 11 1/2 min.
TG263 pictured on July 30, 1947, the day of its first public airing off the Isle of Wight.
G-12-1 (TG263) being towed from Woolwich Reach to its mooring site on the South Bank in June 1951.
Although the perspective of this Flight cutaway drawing of the SR. A/1 is somewhat intriguing, the locations of the aircraft’s components are clearly illustrated.