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Short Seaford

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Intended to be an improved Sunderland only half a dozen Short Seaford aircraft would be manufactured and these would never serve operationally. In the end they would be re-named as the Short Solent and would serve with the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as passenger aircraft.

Quick Facts
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First flight
30th August 1944
Entered service
Total built

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Rear view
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The Seaford had its roots in the Short Sunderland Mk IV which was designed around Specification R.8/42 which called for a more powerful and more armed flying boat to operate in the Pacific theatre of war. However the new Sunderland Mk was so different from its predecessors it became known as the Seaford. The major changes to the aircraft included strengthen wings, an increase in length by 3ft 3in, and an increase in armament which consisted of two 0.50in machine guns located either side of the fuselage, two 0.50in machine guns located in the rear, two 0.50in machine guns located in the bow, two 0.303in machine guns located in the nose and two 20mm cannons located in the dorsal turret.

Flying for the first time on the 30th August 1944, with power supplied by four 1,680-hp Bristol Hercules XVIII engines, the first of two ordered prototypes took to the air. An order for thirty aircraft was placed whilst these would be powered by the 1,720-hp Hercules XIX, in any case only six were produced.

The Seaford was then sent to No. 201 Squadron who, in conjunction with the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Felixstowe, during April and May 1946 carried out operational trials, although these would be cancelled and the six Seafords already produced would be acquired by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and re-designated Solent Mk 3 and converted into passenger aircraft with a capacity of 39.

A number of Solent Mk 2s appeared in 1948 which could hold between 12-30 passengers and these would remain in service with BOAC until 10th November 1950 when the last Solent departed Southampton although they would serve with other airlines until 1958.


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Never used operationally and became known as the Short Solent.


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On Display

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Variant Location
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