Short decided that there was a need for an inexpensive light transport landplane and the high-wing Scion was developed using
the small but effective Pobjoy engine. It sold in modest numbers, and the Scion was joined by the four-engined Scion Senior (capable
of carrying nine passengers) in 1935. Short, however, wanted to turn its resources back to the flying-boat market. Douglas
Pobjoy purchased the Scion rights in 1936, but the list price thereon often limited sales potential and Pobjoy only built a further six to add to Short's 16, plus another six Scion Senior's built by Short.
The Scion series served all over the British empire and for the RAF during World War II, one example surviving in Australia until 1965.
| MODEL||Short Scion 2|
| ENGINE||2 x 90hp de Havilland Niagara III piston engines|
| Take-off weight||1451 kg||3199 lb|
| Wingspan||12.80 m||42 ft 0 in|
| Length||9.60 m||32 ft 6 in|
| Height||3.16 m||10 ft 4 in|
| Max. speed||206 km/h||128 mph|
| Ceiling||9144 m||30000 ft|
| Range||628 km||390 miles|
|Gerry Boulter, gntx2=hotmail.co.uk, 08.11.2011|
I started work as a 15 year old boy at Tradair, Southend airport in 1959. One of the directors had a Scion under tarpaulins to restore. When we aquired a hanger in 1960 the Scion was stripped and a rebuild started by engineer Ted Cheal. Unfortunately the company got into difficulties and taken over by Channel Airways,who, through it out. The last I heard of it, the Pobjoy engines had been previously overhauled, and the rebuild had started again by someone in the Southend area with photo's in an aviation mag. I've not heard of it since but surely somebody must have it. A valuble aircraft. If only I had known what I know now!
|Dave Smith, dave55thsmith=ntlworld.com, 07.02.2011|
I should have had my first flight in the mk1 from Shorts, Rochester Airport in 1937. My uncle, Hector Smith, was the engine mechanic & had trouble getting one of the Pobjoys to run constantly, hence no flight! He, along with an airframe mechanic,an air controller,a wooden shed,a pilot + 1 a/c (high wing sigle engine- he showed me the photo') started up the Short airfield at Rochester about 1935/6.
|Mike Roach, roachfoxwood=aol.com, 11.12.2010|
The second photo is of a Short S22 Scion Senior (the 4 engines and the floats are a clue!), one of 2 delivered to Rangoon. There is more information and another picture on the S22 page on this website
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?