Short S.8 Calcutta
1928
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Short S.8 Calcutta

The Calcutta biplane flying boat originated from an Imperial Airways requirement to service the Mediterranean legs of its services from and to India. The Calcutta itself was derived from the Short Singapore military flying boat; however, it is noteworthy for being the first stressed skin, metal-hulled flying boat. Imperial Airways operated five of the seven Calcuttas produced, and a single sale to the French government was followed by the French company Breguet licence-building four Calcuttas as the Bizerte. Further examples were built for the RAF as the S.8/8 Rangoon.

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Short S.8 CalcuttaA three-view drawing (592 x 778)


Specification 
 CREW4-5
 PASSENGERS12-15
 ENGINE3 x Bristol Jupiter XI F, 390kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight10200 kg22487 lb
    Empty weight6280 kg13845 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan28.3 m93 ft 10 in
    Length20.4 m67 ft 11 in
    Height7.2 m24 ft 7 in
    Wing area171.0 m21840.63 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed190 km/h118 mph
    Cruise speed156 km/h97 mph
    Ceiling4000 m13100 ft
    Range w/max.fuel1040 km646 miles

Short S.8 Calcutta

Comments
Ronald D. Simpson, 07.03.2007

This type aircraft used in Experimental Airmail Service between Liverpool to Belfast from Sept. 24-29, 1928.

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