Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes
No materials. Plan only
Royal Air Force High Speed Launches of World War 2
The "Hants and Dorset"
FULL SIZE PRINTED PLANS ON TWO SHEETS 35” x 24” and 42” x 30”
Six Pages of description and photos
NOTE: NO building notes Suggest builder with some experience
Scale ½” = 1’
Power Electric or Gas
Suitable for multi-channel radio control
By John Pritchard
REFERRED to as "the type which got by without being noticed" in part one of this series, the 68 ft. Type 3 was the last High Speed Launch to be produced for the RAF by the British Power Boat Company at Hythe. Dubbed the "Hants and Dorset" on one of its early appearances, by an airman of the Marine Branch, it became the major High Speed Rescue Launch by virtue of the numbers built, its advance in design over previous types and the long period it remained in service.
George Selman, who had previously been largely responsible for the Type 2 BPB Co. design, incorporated in this launch all that the RAF Marine Craft Research and Development Unit required in their new specification. His design resulted in a craft with greater range and better sea‑going qualities. ft was far more spacious in accommodation, enabling crews to live on board for long periods, and it had improved facilities for a larger number of rescued personnel.
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