Short 184


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Short 184

The Short 184 was the first seaplane to be employed successfully in a naval engagement, and an official letter written to Messrs Short Bros with regard to the work performed by a Short 184 in spotting enemy ships during the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 stated: ' . . . the flight made by Flight Lieut Rutland, with Assistant Paymaster Trewin, as observer, which Sir David Beatty praises so highly, was carried out on a 225hp Short Seaplane.' A Short 184 had previously become the first aeroplane to sink a ship with a torpedo.

First entering service with the RNAS in early 1915, the Short 184 had a long and highly successful career and remained fully active until the Armistice - more than 900 being completed. Its initial power plant of a 167kW Sunbeam gave rise to the often quoted incorrect designation Short 225; several different engines were fitted during the production run. A number of Short 184s were taken on charge post-war by other countries.

Short 184

 ENGINE1 x Sunbeam Maori, 194kW
  Take-off weight2433 kg5364 lb
  Empty weight1680 kg3704 lb
  Wingspan19.36 m64 ft 6 in
  Length12.38 m41 ft 7 in
  Height4.11 m14 ft 6 in
  Wing area63.92 m2688.03 sq ft
  Max. speed142 km/h88 mph
  Ceiling2745 m9000 ft
 ARMAMENT1 x 7.7mm machine-gun, one torpedo or 240kg of bombs

Chuck Beattie, e-mail, 13.02.2013 21:39

My grandfather's time in Russia 1919-1920 was in the Archangel area. Id like more info on exactly where, mission types etc. Data's hard to find...


Chuck Beattie, e-mail, 27.09.2011 18:46

My grandfather was one of the pilots who flew the Short 184 in Russia 1918-1920. I believe that he flew from HMS Pegasis. He trained at Lee-on-the-Solent. He was a Canadian.


Herbert M. Pink, e-mail, 13.03.2011 20:49

I built a model of this aircraft in 1 /72 scale from scratch for a diorama of the Battle of Jutland at the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. It was donated to the museum approxiamtely August 1968. At that time it was the only model in existance of that aircraft.


Coby Wells, e-mail, 02.11.2021 Herbert M. Pink

Hi Herbert, I'm currently in the process of creating a digital model of the Short 184, and I'm having trouble finding sources on how exactly a 14" torpedo would have been mounted. I don't suppose you have any insight in that matter?


Nikolai, e-mail, 26.12.2010 14:48

Following the end of WWI, British Government sent forces in support of the White Russians armies. Among the aircraft sent to fight in South Russia in 1918 - 1920 were Short - 184 seaplanes.


Nikolai, e-mail, 26.12.2010 14:43

Following the end of WWI, British Gavernment sent forces in support of the White Russians armies. Among the aircraft sent to fight in 1918-1920 in South Russia were Short - 184 seaplanes.


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