1931 (S1595 and S1596
On 13 September 1931 the Schneider Trophy was won outright for Britain on Southampton Water by Flt Lt John Boothman flying Supermarine S6B, S1595, with a record-breaking average speed of 379.08mph.
Ralph Pegram relates the story of the Schneider Trophy competitions and describes the development of British high-speed seaplane designs. He examines the anatomy of the S6B (including the Rolls-Royce R engine), as well as giving rare insights into its flying characteristics and how it was maintained, operated and – of course – raced in the final competition.
Ralph Pegram pursued a career as a geologist in the oil exploration business before retiring to concentrate on his passion for aviation history. He has a particular interest in the Schneider Trophy contests and its aircraft, which he has been researching for more than 30 years. Ralph is the author of Schneider Trophy Seaplanes and Flying Boats (2012) and Beyond the Spitfire: The Unseen Designs of R.J. Mitchell (2016). He lives in Hampshire.