"The Bigger the Better" seemed to work for airplanes, just like it worked for dinosaurs - for a while - Of course you can fly the latest Airbus today, but vintage giant planes still evoke a certain fascination and a sadness of their demise. Their stupendous size seemed to fuel dreams of daring-do and glamour..
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Saunders-Roe SR.53 (1957) was a British prototype interceptor aircraft of mixed jet and rocket propulsion developed for the Royal Air Force by Saunders-Roe in the early 1950s. Although its performance was promising, the need for such an aircraft was soon overtaken by surface-to-air missile development and the project was cancelled after 56 test flights.