Short S.17 Kent
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Short S.17 Kent

The closure of Italian and Italian colonial seaports to Imperial Airways in the Mediterranean in 1929 brought a need for a longer range flying boat, with mail carriage a priority. The Kent biplane flying boat was Short's response, and three were built. Imperial Airways also persuaded Short to produce a landplane version of the Kent - the Scylla -which was principally different in The Scylla landplane version pictured here was rebuilt after a serious accident in 1935 and served early into World War II, when it was damaged beyond economic repair by a storm in 1940. having a rectangular fuselage and a fixed undercarriage. The two Scylla examples stayed in service longer, and had very short RAF careers in 1939-40. They were the last of Short's biplane designs and the last in service.

Short S.17 Kent

 MODELShort S.17 Kent
 ENGINE4 x 555hp Bristol Jupiter XFBM nine-cylinder radial engines
    Take-off weight14515 kg32000 lb
    Wingspan34.44 m113 ft 0 in
    Length23.90 m78 ft 5 in
    Height8.53 m28 ft 0 in
    Max. speed220 km/h137 mph
    Ceiling5335 m17500 ft
    Range724 km450 miles

Barry, 28.06.2016

The detail above makes absolutely no sense.

Bradley, 07.09.2009

Why were there only 3 s.17 Kents built?

Lester, 21.09.2008

For a great video of this plane in flight, Thanks for a great site.

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