Title: Short S45 Solent No’s 1 and 2

The Short Solent civil flying boat was adapted from a development of the Short Sunderland military flying boat. A new version initally designated the Sunderland Mk IV was developed using the Bristol Hercules engine. The differences became so extensive that the aircraft was re-designated the Seaford. This model had not entered active service by the end of WW2, and the 20 examples built were converted to civil airliners and re-named Solent.

The Solent only had a short service life before becoming obsolete. A few odd examples remained in service during the 1950’s in the Pacific area.

We offer two titles covering the Short Solent. The first title contains a preliminary pilot’s notes for the Solent and the maintenance manual for the Solent 3 which also contains flying instructions, along with a manufacturer’s brochure on the contemporary Short aircraft range. The second contains the maintenance manual for the Solent 4, Flight Notes for the Solent and a manufacturer’s brochure on the later Sandringham flying boat. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages. Each title is US$9.95.

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Title 1 contains:

  • Manufacturer’s Preliminary Pilot’s Notes for the Short S.45 Solent for BOAC service, publication RSSO/TP/106/PN dated Sept 1947 with approx. 76 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s Servicing and Descriptive Manual for the Short Solent 3, dated January 1951 with approx. 493 pages. (This manual includes a section on flying instructions for the pilot.)
  • Manufacturer’s publicity brochure for the range of aircraft produced by Short Bros, titled “Short Aircraft Data”. Includes Solent, Sandringham, Sealand, etc. Undated with approx. 16 pages.

Title 2 contains:

  • Manufacturer’s Maintenance Manual for the Short Solent 4 Flying Boat. Amended to AL3 dated 21-1-52 with approx. 637 pages. (The table of contests lists “Flight Notes” as the last section, but this is not present in this manual.)
  • Short S.45 “Flight Notes”, undated with approx. 64 pages. (This may be the section missing from the above manual, but came from a different source and does not identify which Solent model it applies to.)
  • Manufacturer’s publicity brochure for the Short Sandringham II Flying Boat. Undated but has Library of Congress stamp dated 1947, with approx. 16 pages.