Empire Flying Boat Owners Workshop Manual - An Insight Into Owning Servicing & Flying The Short C Class Empire Flying Boats

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  • ISBN: 9780857331588
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  • Publ Date: 2013-01-15
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  • Binding: HardBack
  • Pages: 160
  • Imprint: HAYNES UK
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  • ID - 186849

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The Short C Class Empire flying boats were designed in 1934 to implement the Empire Air Mail Scheme, carrying un-surcharged letter mail throughout the British Empire and Dominions between the terminals at Southampton, Durban and Sydney; later continuing to Auckland, New Zealand. Some of the payload was also available for small numbers of passengers and freight. Short Brothers built forty-two - nearly forty-three - Empire flying boats at their works on the river Medway at Rochester in Kent. The 43rd was nearly three-quarters complete when it was scrapped. Sixteen of the original 42 Empires survived the war, to be broken up for scrap. The very last Empire 'boat remained as a landlocked exhibit in Auckland until it, too, was hauled off for scrapping sometime in 1954.


 

 


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