Timeline 1943: Saro proposes SR.44 jet fighter seaplane for use in Pacific Theater. May 1944: Specification E.6/44 announced. July 1947: First prototype SR.A/1 TG263 rolled out. 16 July 1947: First flight of first prototype SR.A/1 TG263. 30 April 1948: First flight of second prototype, TG267. 17 August 1948: First flight of third prototype, TG271. 1949: TG267 crashed into the sea during air show rehearsal with loss of pilot Squadron Leader K. A. Major and aircraft. August 1949: Program cancelled; first prototype used by Saro for experimental research under civil "B-type" registration G-12-1; third prototype sank in the Solent after hitting a submerged object; pilot Captain Eric Brown survived; parts of aircraft recovered. June 1951: Last flying SR.A/1, TG263, retired to Cranfield Institute of Technology as an instructional airframe. 1966: TG263 purchased by Peter Thomas for his Skyfame Museum in Gloucestershire. 1978: TG263 to Imperial War Museum collection at Duxford. 1993: TG263 to Hall of Aviation Museum, Southampton.

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