Short Solent
1946
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Short Solent

The Solent was the civil version of the Seaford flying-boat, 18 of which were operated by BOAC as 30-passenger Solent 2s (12) and 34-passenger Solent 3s (6) before the company abandoned the use of flying-boats in 1950. Power for these was provided by Bristol Hercules 637 engines. Four Solent 4s were operated by Tasman Empire Airways with Hercules 733 engines and accommodation for 42 day passengers.

Short Solent


Specification 
 MODELSolent 3
 ENGINE4 x Bristol Hercules 637, 1260kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight35650 kg78595 lb
    Empty weight21860 kg48193 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan34.38 m113 ft 10 in
    Length26.72 m88 ft 8 in
    Height10.45 m34 ft 3 in
    Wing area156.72 m21686.92 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed430 km/h267 mph
    Ceiling4725 m15500 ft
    Range3540 km2200 miles

Comments
David Inglis, 05.06.2016

My mother-in-law flew in a flying boat between Southampton and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in the late 40s-early 50s, and is trying to get in touch with any other passengers. Does any here know of any way of doing that? Thank you. davidinglis2@comcast.net

allan wilkinson, 30.07.2014

I'm not sure if this particular aircraft was the one that uplifted myself and about thirty other soldiers from either Evans Bay in Wellington or Auckland Mechanics Bay to Australia and on our way to Korea about 1952> It was however definitely a Solent Flying Boat. Would be great to hear from someone who also had the same experience

Zelda Wilkins, 03.04.2013

In November 1949 I flew with my brother (14) and my parents to East Africa from Southampton. I was 9 so do not remember it very well. The weather was very bad so much so that we had to fly through the Alps because we could not gain enough altitude to go over them. We were not fed on board only when we landed subsquently because it was so bumpy we were all very sick. They ran out of sick bags! In fact my parents told me there were only two people not sick on the flight - one being my mother. Even the stewards were sick. We landed on Lake Naivasha and were transported to Nairobi in a bus with wooden slated seats. The journey took 36 hours and was one I will never forget.

Zelda Wilkins, 03.04.2013

In November 1949 I flew with my brother (14) and my parents to East Africa from Southampton. I was 9 so do not remember it very well. The weather was very bad so much so that we had to fly through the Alps because we could not gain enough altitude to go over them. We were not fed on board only when we landed subsquently because it was so bumpy we were all very sick. They ran out of sick bags! In fact my parents told me there were only two people not sick on the flight - one being my mother. Even the stewards were sick. We landed on Lake Naivasha and were transported to Nairobi in a bus with wooden slated seats. The journey took 36 hours and was one I will never forget.

Vernazza mario, 26.11.2012

GIANNI 26/11/2012
Vedevo, Solent ANA-J City of Funchal,ammarare nel golfo del Tigullio sulla costa ligure nel 1956 una meraviglia, ho assistito all'incidente e alla demolizione del velivolo sulla spiaggia di S margherita Ligure. Avevo 8 anni non l'ho mai dimenticato, ho anche le foto . Gianni

Vernazza mario, 26.11.2012

GIANNI 26/11/2012
Vedevo, Solent ANA-J City of Funchal,ammarare nel golfo del Tigullio sulla costa ligure nel 1956, ho assistito all' incidente e alla demolizione del velivolo sulla spiaggia di S margherita Ligure. Avevo 8 anni non l'ho mai dimenticato, ho anche le foto . Gianni

Connie, 13.11.2012

My Mother and sister were on flight from Augusta (Sicily) to Sydney December 1948 on a sea plane. I remember mum telling me the flight took almost a month due to engine problems, she mentioned places:- Singapore, Cairo, Calutta,Karachi etc.
I would like to know more information if any one can help please.

Peter Pardey, 02.07.2012

My father william pardey I believe flew to Southern Rhodesia and landed at Victoria Falls ( jungle junction ) on one of the solent flying boats.
Are there any passenger lists of the Southampton/Vaaldam route in archives anywhere as I would like to know the date he landed on the Zambesi.
Thank you.

John H A Butler, 27.09.2011

Like Albert Leonhard I flew from Southhampton UK with my parents and sister(s)on a Short Solent "Hungerford" to Australia in November - December 1948. It was an unforgetable journey

Ian Barr, 13.05.2011

The TEAL Solent is still very much a part of what is now MOTAT in Auckland. They are building new hangarage for the larger aircraft which also includes a late mark Sunderland.

Anthony Craddock, 12.04.2011

In 1950 my father and I emigrated to East Africa on one from Southampton waters owned by BOAC. Two engines had problems over France so we did a forced landing in the harbor at Marseille France where they were patched up and we flew on to the first scheduled stop in Augusta, Sicily. There we waited for a week in a hotel at BOAC's expense for the next weekly flight to bring us out new parts. Then we continued on to Nairobi via Alexandria and I think Khartoum. I remember I was airsick over France, and then seasick in the choppy waters of Marseille harbor.

gordon, 18.08.2010

Moving back to Belfast after the war(1947) our new home was on the Antrim side of the Belfast Lough,not too far east of Sydenham on the Co.Down side. I will always remember the sounds of engine testing at S&H and watching the flying boats on the Lough.
Gordon H.

Chris Forester, 28.11.2009

In 1971 there was a Solent in Auckland. It was part of the Auckland transportation museum. Its probably still there.

Alec Knight, 13.11.2009

I worked on this aircraft when i was 16. I fitted the tieplates and stringers in the fuselage.

Scott Buckingham, 03.08.2009

There is a nice Solent MkIII at the Oakland Aviation museum in Oakland, CA. It has the original mid-50's updated interior and was used in "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Check it out at oaklandaviationmuseum.org.

albert leonhard, 16.06.2009

Hello!
in spring 1949, I was 11 years old, my parents ad siter flew from sout hampton via augusta, cicily,(staying overnignt) to alexandria, Egypt (overnigh stay)to Bahrein Islands (afternoon tea)to Karachi, Pakistan. landing at night. When the doors opened a harbour security man entered the airplane and sprayed us wit a flit gun..
Never ever forget this trip.
Some years ago I climbed into a solent in oskosh, wisconsin, and had a long talk with the owner..
Keepem flying
Albert leonhard
www.fliegerjacken.de

Bernard David Snell, 06.05.2009

I flew in G-AKNU from Southampton to Singapore in the early 1950's the trip took eight days with stops in Bizerta, Cyprus, Karachi, Bahrain, Goa, and another Idian stop and then Colombo and finally Singapore.

Frank, 22.03.2007

I am searching for other color photos of the Short Solent in BOAC livery.Thanks

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