Short Sealand


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Short Sealand

The Sealand twin-engined light commercial amphibian flying-boat was first flown on 22 January 1948. Power was provided by 254kW de Havilland Gipsy Queen 70 engines and accommodation was for five to eight passengers. Only a small number were produced, including three for the Indian Navy.

 ENGINE2 x de Havilland Gipsy Queen 70, 254kW
  Take-off weight4128 kg9101 lb
  Empty weight3205 kg7066 lb
  Wingspan18.75 m62 ft 6 in
  Length12.85 m42 ft 2 in
  Height4.57 m15 ft 0 in
  Wing area32.79 m2352.95 sq ft
  Max. speed298 km/h185 mph
  Ceiling6340 m20800 ft
  Range958 km595 miles

Peter Carr, e-mail, 12.06.2011 11:20

Missionary Air Fellowship used a Sealand in West Papua ( New Guinea) now occupied by Indonesia as Irian Jaya. It crashed while carrying a heavy load. Contact MAF for details.


Barry, 28.04.2011 18:43

One of the Indian Sealands is currently on display at the Indian Naval Air Museum at Goa.


deaftom, e-mail, 27.03.2011 19:32

I photographed a Sealand in the collection of the New England Air Museum at Hartford, Connecticut, during the 1980s. I believe it has since been sold on to a new owner, as it didn't really fit the Museum's scope. I don't know where it is now.


David W Webster, e-mail, 13.11.2010 00:52

The Short Sealand is mentioned in the book "Cannibal Valley" Copyright 1962 by Russel T. Hitt, Publisher, Harper & Row. Library of Congress number 62-14577. It was flown by an Albert J. Lewis, a former Canadian Ace and former RCAF flight instructor, in New Guinea, for the Christian & Missionary Alliance. It was named "The Gospel Messenger" and was dedicated in a ceremony November 13th, 1953 at the Belfast factory. It reached New Guinea in February of 1954.


Fred Schrank, e-mail, 20.07.2007 16:14

Hello, I'm in the process of building a radio control electric Sealand, 74" w.s., 53" fuselage. Looking for paint schemes and documentation. Intend to install full lighting system. Any info. appreciated. THank you


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