Supermarine seaplane S6B S1595

Supermarine Aviation Works Ltd1931

Science Museum

Science Museum
London, United Kingdom

Winner of the Schneider Trophy in 1931, this aircraft was designed by Reginald J Mitchell (1895-1937), the designer of several world-beating seaplanes and the famous Supermarine Spitfire. It was a development of Mitchell's earlier S4, which had won the 1925 Schneider Trophy air race. The S6B was powered by a supercharged Rolls-Royce 1900 HP engine, and represents one of the major technical achievements in British aviation between the two world wars.

Not only did the plane win the 1931 Schneider Trophy, but also, two weeks later, it became the fastest vehicle on Earth, setting an absolute speed record of 407.5 mph.

Credit: Royal Aircraft Establishment
Object no: 1932-532


  • Title: Supermarine seaplane S6B S1595
  • Creator: Supermarine Aviation Works Ltd
  • Date Created: 1931
  • Location: Southampton, United Kingdom

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