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.
| MODEL||Short S.17 Kent|
| ENGINE||4 x 555hp Bristol Jupiter XFBM nine-cylinder radial engines|
| Take-off weight||14515 kg||32000 lb|
| Wingspan||34.44 m||113 ft 0 in|
| Length||23.90 m||78 ft 5 in|
| Height||8.53 m||28 ft 0 in|
| Max. speed||220 km/h||137 mph|
| Ceiling||5335 m||17500 ft|
| Range||724 km||450 miles|
The detail above makes absolutely no sense.
Why were there only 3 s.17 Kents built?
For a great video of this plane in flight, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmuNQXst6nI&feature=related Thanks for a great site.
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