Saro A.36 Lerwick   L7266


`                                       Two shots of the relatively rare Lerwick.  Above is seen an example climbing away from its
                                        manufacturer's base over Southampton Water, while below an unidentified one is taking off.
                                        Never a success like the Sunderland or Catalina were, the Lerwick achieved limited operational
                                        status.   One of the problems (especially for a long range patrol aircraft) was that its hands off
                                        performance was horrible.  One literally had to fly the thing this whole time.  Not a desirable
                                        trait for lengthy sorties. Only 21 were built and all had been retired by 1943.    RCAF No 422
                                        Squadron operating out of the UK during WW II received several of them whilst awaiting their