No. 12278. Saunders A.4 Medina (G-EBMG c/n A.4/1)
Photographed at East Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK, source unknown

Saunders A.4 Medina

02/28/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The Medina was built by the S.E. Saunders Limited at East Cowes, for the Air Council to Air Ministry Specification 31/24, and Captain F.J. Bailey made the first flight in November 1926. Designed as a civil transport for two crew and six passengers, the machine was powered by two 450 hp Bristol Jupiter VI engines mounted in streamlined nacelles attached to the undersurface of the upper mainplane, which embodied a centre-section fuel tank. Construction was all-wood, with a plywood-covered hull and fabric-covered flight surfaces.

The hull was conventional in appearance, having side-by-side seating in an open cockpit for the crew, and a well-appointed cabin for the passengers, but the mainplane design definitely departed from current practice. The aerofoil section employed was of deep high lift profile, and the mainplanes were of unequal span with a dihedral angle on the shorter upper mainplane only. There were no external bracing wires, these being replaced by a girder-type arrangement of struts. Ailerons were fitted to upper and lower mainplanes, connected by metal push rods, and the wing-tip floats were mounted directly to the lower mainplanes.

Only one machine was built, initially registered G-EBMG, later serialed N214 for military trials. No record exists of its comparatively short operational life which terminated in 1929 when it was withdrawn from use and scrapped."

Created February 28, 2014