Empire Flying Boat specification

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Empire Flying Boat specification

Postby schneiderman » Fri May 24, 2013 8:39 pm

The 1934 Imperial Airways Outline Specification that led to the Short 'C' class required that the 'boat "..should be equipped with provision for fitting a land undercarriage to make it servicable for alternative use as a landplane ..." Did Short ever produce a design to meet this requirement?
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Re: Empire Flying Boat specification

Postby schneiderman » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:43 pm

Ah well, no replies, so then let me make this a statement rather than a question.
The March 1934 Outline Specification for a Four-Engined Flying Boat issued by Imperial Airways Limited requested tenders for an aircraft that cold be fitted with a wheeled undercarriage. I know that Supermarine worked on such a design but I cannot confirm that they actually responded to IAL. As the requirement was met, eventually, by the Short 'C' class the undercarriage part must have been dropped, but it is interesting to speculate whether Gouge ever considered wheels for the aircraft, or whether there could have been an earlier design.
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