Re: Flying Boats

From:         pmorten@VNET.IBM.COM
Date:         07 Jul 96 14:16:01 
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BMADDISO@bcsc02.gov.bc.ca wrote:
>
> In article <airliners.1996.901@ohare.Chicago.COM>
> msb@SEI.CMU.EDU (Mark Bell) writes:
>
> >Back in the late 1980's, there was a group of folks around the
> >Oakland CA area that had a Short Soylent flying boat.  Air Classics
> >Magazine ran a story on it, complete with some nice pictures.
> >
> >Unless there is another Sunderland now around the Southern CA
> >area, I believe the So. CA flying boat refered to earlier in this
> >thread is really the Soylent.
>
> You are correct, sir. I unearthed my copy of 'Survivors' recently
> and N9946F at Oakland is indeed a Solent. The fact they have painted
> it in RAF colors with a spurious serial number obviously fooled me !

The serial it carries is not entirely spurious as it is the one under
which it was built (as a Seaford).

> The same reference lists two more Short 'boats still extant, one at
> the Musee de l'Air Paris (Sandringham) and one at Auckland NZ (Solent).

There is also the Sandringham 4 (JM715/ZH-AMH/VH-BRC/VP-LVE/N158C) at
Southampton and Kermit Weeks' Sunderland in Florida.

Philip Morten