Air Enthusiast 1992-12
P.MacDougall - Medway Dynasty
Short 184 8081 lying off Rochester. One of a batch of 75 to be built by Shorts at their new Seaplane factory, the '184 represents the Company’s earliest success in large scale production.
A development of the Type 184 was the ’310. Illustrated is the Sunbeam Cossack-powered Type A prototype, 8317, which first flew in July 1916. Following structural strengthening, the Type A4 was standardised on and 74 were built by Shorts with Sunbeam building a further 50.
Moment of separation of the Short-Mayo Composite.
The 'Knuckleduster', K3574, built to Specification R24/31 and first flown on November 30, 1933. It was powered by two Rolls-Royce Goshawks.
S.31 - уменьшенный в два раза прототип бомбардировщика
The half-scale Stirling that was used to test out design problems for Short’s first, an only, four-engined bomber. Powered by four 90hp Pobjoy Niagara III radial engines (later replaced by Niagara IVs), this miniature carried both a pilot and observer.
Second Stirling prototype, L7605, seen at Rochester Airport. Eventually taken over by the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, this particular aeroplane was eventually written-off following a heavy landing in October 1942.
Singapore II N246. Really the prototype of the Singapore III, only one of this type was ever built. Seen here above the River Medway, the aircraft is in its much improved version having an enclosed cockpit, triple rudder replacing a single rudder and a planing unit with a pointed main step.
Sunderland prototype K4774 seen on the slipway. Initially powered by Pegasus Xs, it first flew on October 16, 1937.
Well-weathered 210 Squadron Sunderland I (L2163, the sixth production example) in warpaint, serving with No 210 Squadron early in the war. This photograph shows the open gun positions introduced in the upper rear hull, and the bomb-aiming "V” window extended beneath the nose turret. It served a variety of units until it was sunk in a gale off Stranraer on January 15, 1942, whilst with 228 Squadron.
Short Sunderland III
THE SHORT EMPIRE FLYING-BOAT: fitted with four "Bristol" Pegasus engines. An all-metal high-wing cantilever monoplane flying-boat of high performance, with two-deck, two-step hull, and wing flaps. Provides accommodation for 24 passengers and baggage and 1 1/2 tons of mail. Maximum speed, 200 m.p.h. "Cambria" holds the record for the Trans-Atlantic flight - 10 1/2 hours.
The Empire, or C-Class flying boat, Canopus. The successful prototype of a long-range of aircraft, Canopus entered service with Imperial Airways on October 22, 1936. Again seen on the River Medway, both Rochester Castle and Cathedral can be seen.
Photo from a pamphlet produced by Shorts to mark the Royal visit to Rochester of 1936. C-Class Canopus (top) is seen nearing completion.
Shetland I DX166 underway. It first flew on December 14, 1944.
Launching Shetland 2 G-AGVD. First flown on September 17, 1947 it was broken up at Sydenham in 1951.
Factory grouping around the last Solent 2 for BOAC, G-AHIY Southsea, 1948.
Short Calcutta. The interesting point about this photo is the excellent view it provides of the Seaplane factory which was sited about half-a-mile down river from Rochester bridge.
Rangoon S1433, first flown September 24, 1930. A development of the Calcutta, it boasted Jupiter XIFs, greater fuel capacity and an enclosed cockpit.
The last flying Sunderland anywhere, Edward Hulton’s Mk 5 G-BJHS was built by Shorts at Belfast.
Sandringham 5 G-AHZB Portland of BOAC about to touch-down. It was built initially as Sunderland III NJ171 by Blackburns.
Легкий самолет Silver Streak вызвал интерес у министерства авиации, но заказ на два прототипа вскоре был отменен по экономическим причинам.
The Silver Streak was built entirely of metal and was shown at Olympia in 1920.
Sarafand S1589, built to its ‘own’ specification (R6/28) and powered by six Rolls-Royce Buzzards. It first flew on June 30, 1931 and was scrapped in 1936.