Short S.17 Kent
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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.