Air Enthusiast 2006-04
G.Bussy - 'Forgotten' Flying-Boat /Flying-boats and floatplanes/
The first prototype Lerwick, L7248. Note the original fin and rudder, wing floats without step and the absence of rear turret.
Lerwick L7248 on its beaching gear.
L7250 beached at Calshot in July 1939 while with 240 Squadron for trials.
The third prototype, L7250 - going down the slipway with engines running on its beaching gear, with front turret retracted.
A Lerwick of 209 Squadron moored at Oban, with Short Sunderlands in the background.
L7257 'WQ-F' of 209 Squadron at Oban. The front turret is retracted for mooring.
Lerwick L7250, the third prototype, during sea trials.
Lerwick L7265 'WQ-Q’ of 209 Squadron on the step at Oban.
L7250 in flight, with the final rudder profile.
Lerwick L7249 with final rudder format.
Lerwick L7257 'TA-S' of 4 OTU in flight.
Detail of the rear fuselage of L7248 during the tail layout trials. Note the final form of the rudder, the large finlets and the tufting.
Moored at MAEE Helensburgh, L7248 showing off the twin fin and rudder modification.
Saro Lerwick I. bottom right: Prototype L7248 initial format, centre: Twin fins and rudders as fitted with L7248
A Lerwick of 209 Squadron moored at Oban, with Short Sunderlands in the background.