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Of Schneider Trophy interest; an Omega glass ball keyless wi...





Of Schneider Trophy interest; an Omega glass ball keyless wind desk timepiece, the dial painted with the Supermarine S.6B racing seaplane, the propeller being the seconds dial, Arabic numerals, the movement signed and numbered 4110302, nickel mounts, diameter 60 mm.
The S.6B was developed by R.J. Mitchell for the Supermarine company to take part in the Schneider Trophy competition of 1931. The principal design differences between the S.6 and the S.6B were made in its more powerful Rolls-Royce R engine and redesigned floats, providing much needed additional cooling; minor aerodynamic refinements typically aimed at drag reduction were also implemented. A pair of S.6Bs, serials S1595 and S1596, were constructed for the competition. Flown by members of RAF High Speed Flight, the type competed successfully, winning the Schneider Trophy for Britain. Shortly after the race, S.6B S1596, flown by Flt Lt. George Stainforth, broke the world air speed record, attaining a peak speed of 407.5 mph.
Mitchell and his team's experience in designing high speed Schneider Trophy floatplanes greatly contributing to the development of the later Supermarine Spitfire, the iconic fighter aircraft flown in large numbers by the Royal Air Force.

Auction Date: 28th Feb 2020 at 10am

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