The production line at Shorts Belfast.
Not sure where I got these from or who holds copyright on them at the moment.
The aircraft under tow froman ex RAF airman who was over at lough Erne in the early 1950's when training took place on the Lough , aircraft coming over on detachment from the mainland.
The aircraft shown lost a float on landing , I have another photo of her somewhere (same one used by John Evans in his book "Flying Boat Queen II" ).
Airmen went out onto the opposite wing to counterbalance the floatless to keep it out of the water and the aircraft was towed slowly back to the shelter at Archdale.
The photo above shows her at Pembroke Dock.
Worth looking at the beaching gear, theses wheels had ro be attached when the aircraft was in the water , large heavy and akward , especially hateful in cold weather.
The beaching trolly has to go under the stern trailing edge of the planeing bottom, this meant that the aircraft was beached stern first.
The difference between the engines in the "View from co pilots seat" - Peagasus XXII's , on the post war aircraft P. & W. 1830 which delivered much more power as well as props which could be feathered.
The airmen are from 201 squadron Standing on the bow is Derek Martin.
He told me how he was sent "South" to visit interned aircrew in the Curragh, his hotel room was raided by Irish Police and Army and he was escorted over the border - they musdt have thoguht he was doing more than visiting !
The view from the Co-pilots seat.
Edited by James S, 09 April 2009 - 10:03 AM.