Short S.45 Seaford

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Short S.45 Seaford

Postby davidpepperswash » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:09 pm

Can anyone help me with information on the first production Short Seaford NJ200? I know that it was allocated to No.57 Maintenance Unit at RAF Wig Bay April 1948 and that it was sold to Air Navigation and Trading Company Ltd. at Blackpool on 23 or 24 February 1949. Civilian number G-ALIJ was allocated to it but, according to the CAA, it was never taken up. The registration form records it with a change of ownership in October 1949. Then it seems to disappear.

Does anyone know what happened to it?
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Re: Short S.45 Seaford

Postby sunderlandnut » Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:19 pm

Hello David

‘Shorts Aircraft since 1900’ C H Barnes (Naval Institute Press 1967)
p.528 “S.1292-1299 Seaford 1, NJ200-207”

‘Seaplanes – Felixstowe’ Gordon Kinsey (Lavenham 1978 Rev 1985)
p.32 “One of the ex-RAF Short Seafords, NJ200, was converted for civil use and registered to Mr R L Whyham, as G-ALIJ, but for some unknown reason, the aircraft was not collected from Felixstowe and was eventually scrapped on site.”

‘FlyPast’ July 2000

Caption “Seaford I NJ200 – note the four-bladed propellers, revised fin shape and faired tail turret – nose in to a servicing building. It did not enter RAF service and was civil registered as G-ALIJ in February 1949. By that time it was beached at Felixstowe, Suffolk, but never left there and was scrapped on site.”
Note: Photo was cropped by FlyPast thereby excluding the faired tail turret.

‘The Short Sunderland’ Chaz Bowyer (Aston 1989)
p.178 NJ200 S45 Seaford I, G-ALIJ; registered 17 Feb 1949 to R L Whyham but not collected from MAEE.

‘Short Bros. Commemoration Society Archives’ (private)
S1292 NJ200 S45 Seaford 1. Four Engine Monoplane Flying Boat. 4x1800hp Bristol Hercules 130. RAF MAEE. Short’s 9-7-46 to 13-4-48. 57 MU Wig Bay. Registered 17-2-49 as G-ALIJ to R L Whyham but never collected.

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Re: Short S.45 Seaford

Postby davidpepperswash » Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:16 pm

Thanks sunderlandnut. I have found out that RL Whyham bought the Seaford for Air Navigation and Trading Co. Ltd. (ANT) at Blackpool. He founded the company in 1947. It is still operating at Blackpool providing flight instruction. It is run by members of the Whyham family. I have no connection with this company, other than corresponding about the Seaford.
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