That folks is the tale of the Kiwi-based Short flying boats, from A to Z
There are still some details to be sorted out, particularly the date sequence of the Mk.5 Sunderlands.
Here is a listing of these aircraft in order of delivery. If anyone can add to or correct any of these dates I'd be glad to hear from them at firstname.lastname@example.org
F = delivery flight ended at Fiji
H = delivery flight ended at Hobsonville
* = NZ4110 was converted to INST183 as at that date, INST183 SOC 14Apr1964
# = NZ serials gives dd for NZ4117 as 9May1953, Harrisons "Golden Age' book gives dd as 9May1955. 1954 appears more logical.
Its been a bit of a mission getting here. There are a few minor amendments that have come to hand since this project started in February, but that will have to wait as I'm away for a while.
Thanks are due to the late Leo White, Marcus Bridle, Alan (Sunderlandmr5), the late Bill Pennaligan, Don Noble, Nev Mines, John Rankin, Mary Garden, Peter Layne, Peter Wheeler, Bruce, the mysterious Whatakraka, Robin Klitscher and Richard Cornwall. I also acknowledge additional data from adfserials and "The Golden Age of New Zealand Flying Boats" by Harrison/Lockstone/Anderson.
It's a pity we will not see sights like this again, but I'm glad to have seen a very small part of it.
In the meantime - that's all I know!Ends