[jhb_airlines] Re: Lightning

  • From: "bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 15:17:50 -0000

Yep - Shorts built the Sturgeon and the Seamew.

Much earlier (1929) they also built a horrible floatplane thing called the
Short Mussel (I kid you not). It didn't fly very well so they banged a new
engine in it and called it the Mussel 2. That wasn't any better so they
shoved it in a corner and forgot about it.

A couple of years later De Havilland got in touch with Shorts and asked if
they could design a set of floats for the Tiger Moth. Shorts pulled the
Mussel out, stripped the floats off it and sent then to DH. Apart from being
surprised about the speed at which Shorts could knock a pair of floats up
<g> DH found them to work on the Tiger perfectly - and so the Queen Bee was

It was this float design I added to the FS model. It took longer than the
original aircraft to research and build but I ended up with a set of float
drawings, found out all about their history and, much later on, I discovered
that only one pair are left in existence thanks to a chance picture on the


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Fred Stopforth
Sent: 15 November 2007 14:10
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Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Lightning

Seamew --was that built by Shorts?  Fred
----- Original Message -----
From: "bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
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Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2007 1:29 PM
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Lightning

>I didn't see a Gannet until I went to the Yeovilton Museum in 1969 and
>it  amazed me how big the brute was. As you say, not the prettiest of
>aircraft  but neither were the Sturgeon or little Seamew.. <g>
> bones
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Peter Dodds
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> Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Lightning
> There used to be a Fairey Gannet outside Deeside College (West of
> chester south of the Dee Estuary, not Scotland)).  It stood between
> the road and the main college building so looked very imposing,
> although it isn't a pretty aircraft.
> Just found this on the web.
> "The aeroplane, which up until 2003 was sited outside the front of the
> College, was a Mark 6 Fairey Gannet. During trials in June 1950 on HMS
> Illustrious, this had become the first turbo-prop aeroplane to land on
> an aircraft carrier. The Fairey Gannet went into production in 1953
> and into operation in 1955 (Lee-on-Solent, HMS Eagle and HMS Ark
> Royal). In 1970, Flintshire College of Technology already had four
> aircraft and bought the surplus Gannet from the Ministry of Defence
> for £750, to add to its collection.
> The aircraft was flown from RAF Lossiemouth into Hawarden Airport in
> 1971 and was then towed to the college using an agricultural tractor!
> Even with the wings folded they had some difficulty getting it under
> the bridge at Shotton. Nevertheless it reached Connah's Quay safely
> and was fully utilised by the Aeronautical Engineering Department for
> training purposes until 1995,
> when it was put out to grass to stand on guard at the entrance to the
> College.
> In the summer of 2003, the Fairey Gannet was dismantled by 750 Thorne
> Squadron, Air Training Corps and taken off to South Yorkshire Air
> Museum.The college donated the aircraft to the Air Museum for tender
> loving care and restoration by young air cadets."
> Peter
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