Short Empire / S.23
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Short - Empire / S.23 - 1936 - Великобритания
Страна: Великобритания
Год: 1936
Летающая лодка

Пассажирская/почтовая летающая лодка
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Short S.23, S.30 и S.33 Empire
  
  По сравнению с большими и громоздкими летающими лодками-бипланами компании "Short Brothers" самолет S.23, появившийся в 1936 году, был совершенно иной конструкции. Он имел четыре двигателя Bristol Pegasus XC мощностью 920 л.с. и конструктивно являлся свободнонесущим цельнометаллическим высокопланом с корпусом обтекаемой формы. Максимальная скорость составляла 322 км/ч, то есть на 42 км/ч больше, чем у стоявшего тогда на вооружении британских ВВС истребителя-биплана Bristol Bulldog.
  Характеристики машины казались столь многообещающими, что "Imperial Airways" заказала 28 машин. В то время британское правительство решило, что вся почта первого класса должна доставляться по воздуху, поэтому самолеты, назначенные для почтовых перевозок, получили название Empire или класс "C" ("C" - class). Первый S.23, названный "Canopus", вылетел из Рочестера в июле 1936 года и поступил в эксплуатацию в начале сентября.
  Каждый последующий самолет поступал к заказчику с интервалом в две недели. Машины базировались в Хите и использовались на маршрутах "Imperial Airways" для полетов в Австралию, Дурбан, Египет, Малайю, Нью-Йорк, на Бермуды, а также в Восточную и Южную Африку. Базовая вместимость самолетов - 1361 кг почты и 24 пассажира днем или 16 пассажиров ночью, однако увеличение массы почты на 454 кг уменьшало число пассажиров до 17 человек. Трансатлантические полеты без полезной нагрузки, проведенные в 1937 году, показали, что S.23 не был экономически выгодным на всех расстояниях, что в итоге привело к созданию Short-Mayo Composite (описан отдельно).

  Кроме того, были проведены испытания по дозаправке в воздухе с использованием самолета Armstrong Whitworth 23 в качестве танкера. Успех этих испытаний привел к заключению контракта с компанией сэра Алана Кобхема, "Flight Refuelling Ltd", которая с помощью четырех самолетов-заправщиков Handley Page Harrow совершила до начала войны 16 успешных трансатлантических перелетов с дозаправкой в воздухе. Еще три S.23 в 1938 году были поставлены "Qantas Empire Airways", которая до того получила три машины от "Imperial Airways". Несмотря на потерю восьми летающих лодок во время аварий за первые два года эксплуатации, S.23 вошли в число одних из наиболее успешных самолетов своем классе в предвоенный период.
  Следом за S.23 появились лодки S.30, которые использовались для перевозки почты на трансатлантических маршрутах при обеспечении их заправкой от воздушных танкеров Harrow. Последним вариантом стал S.33 с двигателями Bristol Pegasus XC мощностью 920 л. с. Общее производство самолетов Empire составило 42 машины, включая 31 S.23, девять S.30 и две S.33 (постройка третьей S.33 была отменена).
  Несколько S.23 в годы войны были реквизированы для службы в британских ВВС. Из них два были модифицированы в вариант S.23M - с бортовой РЛС для обнаружения надводных целей (ASV) и вооружением, состоявшим из двух турелей по четыре пулемета в каждой и шести глубинных бомб. Войну пережили 13 самолетов семейства Empire, они оснащались на тот момент двигателями Bristol Pegasus мощностью по 1010 л. с. Самолеты были переданы компании "QANTAS" и эксплуатировались до 1947 года.
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ТАКТИКО-ТЕХНИЧЕСКИЕ ХАРАКТЕРИСТИКИ

  Short S.23

  Тип: пассажирская/почтовая летающая лодка
  Силовая установка: четыре звездообразных ПД Bristol Pegasus XC мощностью по 920 л. с. (686 кВт)
  Летные характеристики: макс. скорость 322 км/ч; практический потолок 6095 м; дальность 1223 км
  Масса: пустого 10 659 кг; максимальная взлетная 18370 кг
  Размеры: размах крыла 34,75 м; длина 26,82 м; высота 9,70 м; площадь крыла 139,35 м2
S.23 G-ADHL Canopus
Флагман компании "Imperial Airways" самолет S.23 "Canopus" вышел на авиалинию Александрия - Бриндизи 31 октября 1936 года. С 5 марта 1937 года летающие лодки класса "C" сменили на маршрутах компании самолеты аэродромного базирования и связали Великобританию с Австралией, Восточной Африкой, Египтом, Малайей и Южной Африкой.
FLEDGED: Canopus, the first of the Short Empire flying boats, took the air at Rochester for the first time last week-end, in the hands of Mr. Lankester Parker. This Flight photograph clearly shows the beautifully clean take-off.
3 июля 1936г.: первый полет в Рочестере, графство Кент, выполнила первая летающая лодка "Short Empire" - RMA Canopus (серия "С"), пилот Дж. Ланкестер Паркер. Первый рейс выполнен 30 октября, с началом ее эксплуатации на линии Александрия (Египет) - Бриндизи (Италия).
The Short "Empire" Commercial Flying-boat (four Bristol "Pegasus X" engines).
FOR CIVIL SERVICE: The Short Empire flying boat is powered with four of the new Pegasus Xc civil-rated radials, the official figures for which have just been made known. The international-rated power is 740 h.p. at 3,500 ft., and 910 h.p. is available for take-off with the De Havilland V.P. airscrew. Flaps for controllable cooling are incorporated in the long chord cowlings. This Flight photograph was taken during the second test flight at Rochester.
The Short Empire boat is fitted with four Bristol Pegasus Xc engines rated at 740 h.p. each and giving 910 h.p. for take-off.
HERALDING THE NEW ERA: The first of the Short Empire boats is now in the Mediterranean after being flown across France by capt. Bailey and Major Brackley. This Flight photograph shows Canopus from a somewhat unusual angle; the fully faired rear step and the forward sloping front step are noteworthy features of the hull.
The Empire boat (four 758/815 h.p. Pegasus X Cs).
The first Short Empire boat being refuelled on Lake Bracciana, near Rome.
C-class boat Canopus moored in Alexandria harbour. G-ADHL was scrapped at Hythe in 1947; it had been the first S.23 Empire flying-boat to fly.
ON the river Nile at Malakal, the terminal port for the Imperial Airways flying boats in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, large islands of floating papyrus (Cyperus Papyrus) and Um Soof (Vossia Procera) are encountered between May and September. This seasonal scourge is caused by the fact that the floods from the great lakes loosen the roots of the vegetation in the swampy areas farther south. Eventually, large sections break away from the main mass and drift slowly downstream, a menace to flying boats. The photograph shows Canopus safely moored with the floating islands drifting past.
G-ADHL Canopus - первая летающая лодка компании "Empire", оснащенная моторами Pegasus. Первый полет лодка выполнила в июле 1936 года, в BOAC ее передали в апреле 1940 года.
For the Empire air routes: The bird's-eye view gives a good idea of the rounded deck, the wing fillets and the trailing-edge flaps of the first of the new boats. The open door leads to the freight and mail hold.
One of the hinged platforms used for giving access to the Bristol Pegasus engine.
One of the beaching trolleys.
G-ADHM Caledonia
The Short "Empire" Commercial Flying-boat. Note the partly-extended Gouge wing-flaps.
"Caledonia" over New York
A flying boat of the Short Empire class; the acme of marine aircraft construction.
"Caledonia" - Imperial Airways Empire Flying Boat (4 Bristol Pegasus Engines) averaged 162 miles per hour between Botwood (Newfoundland) and Foynes (Ireland) on her return flight from New York to Southampton.
Imperial Airways Flying Boat "CALEDONIA" (manufactured by Short Bros. (Rochester & Bedford) Ltd. and fitted with Bristol "Pegasus" Engines)
A remarkable photograph of Caledonia taken just as she was about to "unstick" at the start of a radio test flight from Southampton Water shortly before leaving for Foynes, and, ultimately Newfoundland
On July 6th the Imperial Airways Empire flying boat "CALEDONIA" completed the first East to West commercial survey flight across the North Atlantic.
Caledonia, the second Empire boat, and a Singapore.
The Short "Empire" Flying-boat "Caledonia" which was used, in company with the sister-ship "Cambria," on the experimental trans-Atlantic survey during 1937.
The Imperial Airways flying-boat Caledonia, like all the other craft in its class designed to operate on the great trunk routes of the British Empire, is equipped with controllable-pitch airscrews manufactured in England by the de Havilland Aircraft Co., Ltd.
The long-range Short boat, Caledonia, moored off Hythe, Southampton. After the necessary fuel consumption and other tests have been carried out this boat will be flown to Foynes for a series of experimental crossings to Botwood, Newfoundland.
ATLANTIC SURVEY: Caledonia taxies to her moorings at Horta, Azores, after her recent survey trip in command of Captain Powell.
Caledonia at Foynes
G-ADUT Centaurus
CENTAURUS SETS OUT: Loading up at Hythe, Southampton, for the inaugural Empire service. Passengers are boarding the machine from one of Imperial Airways' new 37ft. 6in. tenders, supplied by the British Power Boat Company The photograph, incidentally, gives an interesting close-up of the flying boat's wing, with its flap.
The most advanced civil aircraft yet in service: the peerless Short Empire flying boat with four Bristol Pegasus XC engines.
A glorious photograph of Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat G-ADUT Centaurus arriving at Wellington Harbour, New Zealand, on New Year’s Eve, 1937.
Another Empire boat, G-ADUT "Centaurus" (c/n. S.811) was impressed as A18-10 on 21 st September 1939, and also issued to No. 11 Squadron. After a similar history to A18-11's, it was destroyed by enemy action at Broome, Western Australia, on 3rd March 1942
THE SOUTHERNMOST JUNCTION. - The "Centaurus" of Imperial Airways (Capt. Burgess) and the "Samoan Clipper" of Pan American Airways (Capt. Mustek) in Waitimata Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand, in January, 1938. The latter was lost with all hands near Pago Pago soon after this meeting.
CLEANLINESS: The entire lack of avoidable excrescences is obvious in this front view of the Short Centaurus, third of the Empire flying boats, some flying impressions of which appear on the following page. Centaurus will probably be on her way to the Mediterranean by the time this issue appears.
G-ADUU Cavalier
BERMUDA RIGGED. The hull of Cavalier, the Short Empire flying boat which will operate in conjunction with a machine of Pan-American Airways on the Bermuda - New York service, being hoisted, in what is said to be the world's largest packing case, aboard the S.S. Loch Katrine. The case follows the lines of the hull remarkably closely; if the bottom corners were "gouged" out the resemblance would be even more striking.
IN BERMUDA: This somewhat unusual picture shows how Cavalier's hull was towed from the naval dockyard to the Darren's Island base, where the machine is being assembled. The floats on either side are, of course, quite temporary affairs.
SUNSHINE SOMEWHERE: A heart-warming picture, in these chilly British March days, ot the Short Empire Boat Cavalier at the Bermuda Air Base for her experimental Bermuda to New York flights. Leaning from the cockpit is Capt. Armstrong, the commander, and in uniform is First Officer Richardson (second pilot); in mufti on top of the machine is Mr Bell. Short Bros., and Mr. Hayuen, of the A.I.D., is behind the flag mast.
BALTIMORE INAUGURATION: Some of the crowd of 30,000 lining the banks of the Patapsco river to watch the recent inauguration of the new Baltimore Airport for landplanes and marine aircraft. It replaces New York as the terminus of the Bermuda route; the Sikorsky S.42b Bermuda Clipper is seen being brought to the landing stage, and in the background is the Short Empire boat Cavalier.
BALTIMORE SEAPLANE STATION. - The populace turns out to see the "Cavalier," an Empire Boat of Imperial Airways, from Bermuda and a Sikorski "Clipper" of Pan American Airways. Baltimore is the American terminus during the Winter of the Bermuda-U.S.A. airline. In the Summer Port Washington, Long Island, New York, is used.
ATLANTIC TERMINUS: Cavalier flies over the new land-sea air base at Baltimore. The seaplane jetty is in the lower right-hand corner of the picture with the airport site behind it.
Short Empire boat (four 740 h.p. Bristol Pegasus XCs)
G-ADUV Cambria
LONG-RANGE EXPERIMENT: Following Caledonia's non-stop flight from Southampton to Alexandria, the second long-range Short boat, Cambria, made a circuit of Britain last Sunday. This photograph shows Cambria being moored off Hythe at the end of the flight, with the liner Westernland in the background.
Seen at Rochester, Kent, where it was built, Short C-class "Empire" flying-boat G-ADUV "Cambria" made a proving flight down the African route in May 1937. Imperial Airways services with the type started the next month
Caledonia and Cambria, the two Imperial Airways Empire Flying Boats, powered by 4 Bristol Pegasus engines have now both made the double crossing of the Atlantic to scheduled time.
SPLICING THE MAINBRACE: One of the new Shell refuelling tenders ministering to the Empire boat Cambria during a demonstration at Southampton last week These tenders carry 2,500 gallons of spirit and 200 of oil, and deliver the former at 120 gall./min. Twenty-one are under construction, by Dunstans, of Doncaster, Rowhedge Ironworks, of Colchester, and Thornycrofts. Others are being built for use along the routes.
G-ADUW Castor
Pre-war shot of Short S.23 Empire flying-boat G-ADUW Castor, which flew the first leg of the journey, with an Imperial Airways boarding launch alongside.
Castor moored in the Solent shortly before the war.
G-ADUX Cassiopea
Short S.23 Empire Boat Cassiopeia on the tarmac in front of the hangar at Hythe.
This view from the Airport Officer's office shows Cassiopeia nearest.
G-ADUZ Cygnus
CYGNUS plays the lead - an attractive "still" from Paul Rotha's documentary film, The Future's in the Air, now being completed by the Strand Film Co. The picture deals with our Empire airways.
G-ADVC Courtier
The Sikorsky is seen from under the wing of an Empire flying boat, Courtier.
G-AETV Coriolanus
WINGS ON THE WATER AT MARSEILLE. - The Imperial Airways "Empire" boat, "Coriolanus," on the Etang de Berre at Marignane. This was on the mid-day halt between Southampton and Rome, and the passengers are in the airport restaurant. Behind is the Loire Long-range Commercial Flying-boat (four 720 h.p. Hispano-Suiza motors) the "Bretagne".
G-AETW Calpurnia
INCIDENTS at Hatfield last Tuesday: Mr. J. Lankester Parker is demonstrating the Short Empire boat Calpurnia.
Empire Boat Calpurnia secured to a mooring buoy. This aircraft crashed in Iraq in November 1938, the year these photographs were taken.
G-AETX Ceres
Short S.23 Empire Boat Ceres, taxiing out from Hythe before takeoff.
BASRAH'S NEW AIRPORT (MARGIL). - The combined marine and land Airport at Basra, Iraq, the water-front on the River Tigris, with S.23 G-AETV Coriolanus moored outside the terminal building.
G-AETY Clio
G-AETY Clio, одна из летающих лодок S.23, переданных Береговому командованию ВВС Великобритании. С установленным оборонительным вооружением и РЛС лодка состояла на вооружении 201-й эскадрильи, пока не разбилась в 1941 году.
G-AETZ Circe
Passengers coming ashore at the Imperial Airways terminal at Southampton in April 1938.
G-AEUA Calipso
Short S.23 G-AEUA Calypso (later the RAAF’s A18-10), and Corio at 108 Berth at Southampton Docks in 1938. Both aircraft have been docked in Braby Pontoons, which allowed the passengers to walk to their aircraft and made freight-loading a much easier process than back in Australia, where the facilities were somewhat cruder.
Short S.23 C-class Empire flying-boats VH-ABA "Carpentaria" (ex G-AFBJ, transferred to Qantas in November 1937) and G-AEUA "Calypso” off Hythe, 21st June 1938
Short C-Class flying-boat A18-11 (c/n. S.843, ex-G-AEUA "Calypso"). Impressed by the R.A.A.F. on 21 st September 1939, it served with No. 11 Squadron until 18th November 1941 when it was transferred to No. 20 Squadron. Later, on 12th February 1942, it was taken over by No. 33 Squadron, and on 8th August 1942 crashed into the Torres Strait off the Fly River, Papua
G-AEUC Corinna
G-AEUD Cordelia
FAR EASTERN SURVEY: The Short Cordelia, which has recently returned from a survey of the new boat route as far as Singapore, swings at her moorings in Kallang Basin. Singapore airport is in the background and the personnel to be seen are, from the left, First Officer Stone, Capt. Egglesfield and Radio Operator Coster.
FAR EASTERN SURVEY: Another attractive picture of Cordelia in preparation for refuelling at Singapore. The tropical uniforms seen in this picture make a European winter appear to be particularly hard.
G-AEUH Corio
Short S.23 Empire VH-ABD, named Corio, in service with Qantas Empire Airways at Karumba, Queensland, circa 1938. The brainchild of Arthur Gouge, the Empire represented a quantum leap in flying-boat design, offering previously unheard-of levels of comfort for passengers and crew alike.
Corio on the step while in service with QEA before the war. In January 1942 the aircraft would be attacked by Japanese Navy Mitsubishi Zeroes during a flight from Darwin to Koepang on Timor.
Corio on final approach along the Norman River to alight at Karumba in Queensland, before the war. August 1938 saw the inauguration of Stage 3 of the Empire Air Mail Scheme with the departure of service SW1 (‘‘Sydney Westbound”), which brought Australia into the Scheme.
G-AFBJ Carpentaria
The first of the Qantas Empire flying-boats to be used over the Singapore-Brisbane section of the Empire Air Mail Scheme, VH-ABA Carpentaria, arrives at Southampton from the Short factory at Rochester on December 5, 1937. Within days the aircraft had departed Southampton for Karachi, and on to Australia to enter service.
G-AFBK Coolangatta
ACHIEVEMENT. - The Qantas Empire Airways Flying-boat, "Coolangatta," in front of Singapore Airport on its way out to Australia. On the left is the Royal Singapore Flying Club Building. Qantas Empire Airways, Ltd. is the product of a wedding of Queensland and Northern Territories Air Service Ltd. and Imperial Airways - a fine piece of diplomacy. Without Imperial Airways there would have been no need for the Singapore Airport for years to come. And Imperial Airways was, beyond dispute, created by Mr. George Woods Humphery.
 
S.30 G-AFCU Cabot
G-AFCU Cabot сфотографирована в начале отрыва от водной поверхности. Это одна из улучшенных S.30, выполнившая первый полет в декабре 1938 года. В декабре 1939 года лодку передали британским ВВС, а в мае 1940 года она была уничтожена в норвежском Бодё.
Handley Page Harrow G-AFRL and Short S.30 G-AFCU Cabot demonstrate flight refuelling over Southampton.
В июле 1939 года, еще до начала полетов между Саутгемптоном и Монреалем, в районе Саутгемптона отрабатывались дозаправки от самолета Handley Page Harrow.
G-AFCW Connemara
S.30 имели большую взлетную массу и оснащались двигателями Bristol Perseus XIIC мощностью по 890 л. с. Имея вдвое большую дальность, чем S.23, они с успехом применялись на регулярных трансатлантических почтовых перевозках. "Connemara" (G-AFCW) был четвертым самолетом в серии.
G-AFCY Captain Cook
In April 1940 Garden and copilot Christopher Griffiths delivered the 37th Short Empire flying-boat from Southampton to Auckland. Registered as ZK-AMC and named Awarua (“two rivers”), the aircraft went on to fly more than a million miles in TEAL service before being broken up in Auckland in August 1948.
G-AFCZ Australia/Clare
24 ноября 1939г.: неэффективность авиакомпании "Imperial Airways" привела к ее слиянию с "British Airways" и созданию объединенной компании "British Overseas Airways Corporation" (BOAC). BOAC начала свои полеты 24 ноября на летающих лодках Empire.
G-AFDA Aotearoa
The Short Empire Modified "C" Class Flying-boat (four Bristol Pegasus engines).
G-AFKZ Cathay
Short S.30 Cathay, which flew the second leg, at Hythe before being camouflaged.
View of Short S.30 C-class Cathay in flight.
The view from an Imperial Airways C-class flying-boat, showing one of the four Bristol Pegasus radial engines.
 
The frame in way of rear spar is shown on the left. Note the straight sides and small beam-depth ratio. On the right, a view inside the hull of boat No. I, looking aft.
Interior of the hull of a Short Bros. "Empire" flying boat under construction.
A view of the cantilever tail
On the stocks. A view in the Rochester works, showing hulls 1 to 5.
Even this excellent view of activity in the Short works does not do justice to the impressive scene, for it does not include the row of nine towering hulls packed side by side for plating. Incidentally, when a completed boat is moved out on to the slipway there is a clearance of about six inches between the tail and the lintel.
The engine nacelles for boat No. 1 nearly completed, with others in jigs. The details of the wing construction are somewhat similar to those tried out in the Short Scion.
The "box " section wing spar of one of the first boats in course of construction.
The great flaps of the Empire boat are operated by this little Rotax electric motor. Note also in this view the wing construction and tanks.
Cylindrical petrol and oil tanks. Note the baffle plates, and the numerous tie rods which brace the tank ends.
More than thirty-six hundred horse-power is delivered for take-off to the finely pitched blades of the D.H. variable-pitch airscrews. It is provided by four of these Bristol Pegasus Xc radials.