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P.5 Kingston
Role reconnaissance and anti-submarine flying boat
Manufacturer English Electric
Designer W.O. Manning
First flight 1924
Number built 5 (8)
Developed from Phoenix P.5 Cork

The English Electric P.5 Kingston was a British twin-engined biplane flying boat built by English Electric.


When the English Electric Company was formed in 1918 from several companies, the Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Company brought with it the two prototype reconnaissance flying boats, the Phoenix P.5 Cork. Redesigned by English Electric it appeared as the English Electric P.5 Kingston with a production order for five aircraft.

The Kingston had redesigned wingtip floats, extended upper-wing ailerons, and a larger fin and rudder. The first aircraft flew in 1924 but was lost during trials at Felixstowe in April 1925. This was followed by four Kingston I. With a change to a new duralumin hull came the sole Kingston II. The last aircraft to be built had yet another hull, but this reverted to wooden construction, and was known as the Kingston III.

With no orders forthcoming the English Electric Company closed its aircraft department in 1926 for the next 22 years.

Specifications (Kingston I)

Data from British Flying Boats[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 6 (pilot, observer, three gunners, engineer)
  • Length: 52 ft 9 in (16.08 m)
  • Wingspan: 85 ft 6 in (26.07 m)
  • Height: 20 ft 11 in (6.38 m)
  • Wing area: 1,282.5 ft² (119.2 m²)
  • Empty weight: 9,130 lb (4,150 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 14,508 lb (6,595 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Napier Lion IIIB 12-cylinder piston, 450 hp (336 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 104.8 mph (91 knots, 169 km/h)
  • Endurance: 8–9 hours
  • Service ceiling: 9,060 ft (2,760 m)


See also

  • Phoenix P.5 Cork


  1. London 2003, pp. 260–261.
  • London, Peter (2003). British Flying Boats. Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-2695-3. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 

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