Shorts Aircraft Since 1900 by C. H. Barnes (revised By Derek N. James) soon to be presented for sale on the terrific BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Putnam Aeronautical Books, 1989, Hardback in dust wrapper.
2nd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1967] Jacket illustration: Keith Woodcock’s original painting shows Short Sunderland MR 5 RN273 of No 201 Squadron, RAF, taking off one evening from Sullom Voe, Shetland, in September 1952. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables; Plans;
From the cover: From the first spherical balloons made by Eustace and Oswald Short, the author traces the brothers progress as engineers to the Aero Club till Wilbur Wrights arrival in France in 1908 and their consequent change-over from balloons to aeroplanes a decision endorsed by their eldest brother Horace, who joined them to set up the worlds first aircraft production line.
Their rapid expansion as aircraft suppliers to the Royal Navy and their notable progress with deck-launching, folding wings, buoyancy bags and sprung floats led to enormous production of the famous Short Type 184 during World War I, in which period the firm also built rigid airships.
Oswald Shorts pioneering work with a successful series of metal hulled flying-boats is described and their operational histories recorded.
Appendices list all Shorts constructors numbers, serials and registration marks. The book contains specifications for all Short types and variants, and complete lists to date of type designations and preliminary designs.
For this new edition the section on unbuilt projects has been expanded and the post-1945 story of Rochesters last days and Northern Irelands new industry has been carried down to the present. The Skyvan and Belfast chapters have been up-dated and the 330, Sherpa and 360 have been added to the aircraft coverage, as well as notes on the forthcoming Tucano.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 560 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.