Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6B Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1931 (S1595 and S1596)


Ralph Pegram


Record-breaking racing seaplane, winner of the Schneider Trophy and forerunner of the legendary Spitfire. (Haynes Manuals)

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. In Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6B Owners’ Workshop Manual, 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.