Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Big Boy on the Water


  1. That's a nice work stand setup for the engines.

  2. Short Sunderland: I believe there may be one undergoing restoration. One of these famously shot down or damaged several Junkers 88s over the Bay of Biscay.

  3. After WW2 many were converted into Sandringhams for commercial use. One that wasn't officially converted to a Sandringham but was converted for commercial use is now owned by Kermit Weeks in his Fantasy of Flight collection in Florida. For many years it operated for Antilles Air Boats until the owner, Charles Blair, was killed in an accident. It wound up in southern England at Calshot where it spent many years as the plaything of Edward Hulton. I used to go and see it periodically and watch it fly. It was not as attractive as a proper Sandringham conversion but is still a magnificent aircraft and spectacular in flight. The sound of those four engines is truly wonderful. Hopefully Kermit Weeks will fly her again one day although it has been some time since it last took to the air. Will probably require significant work before it flies again.

  4. THANK YOU for posting this!

    Until now, I had never heard of this wonderful aircraft, and it's valorous history!

    Here's the web site URL for a high resolution color photograph of the Short S.25 Sunderland British flying boat patrol bomber:


    Here's the web site URL for a detailed description of the Short S.25 Sunderland British flying boat patrol bomber, and it's long colorful history with multiple nation's armed forces:


  5. Someone sure did a good job on that model.

    1. Ha! If you hadn’t made me take a closer look, I’d have never guessed!

  6. It’s (for me, anyway) the guy standing up: just unnatural.