Short Sunderland (Warpaint Series 25)
By Tony Buttler
Publisher: Hall Park 1999 36 Pages
PDF 12 MB
Today the development and manufacture of almost every new type of military aircraft is a very expensive process and, in consequence, many examples now stay in service for over 25 years. In the 1940s and 1950s things were quite different, aircraft were relatively cheap but. due to the great advances in aerodynamics and powerplants. tended to become obsolete remarkably quickly. So for a front-line military aircraft to enter RAF service before World War 2. to stay in production throughout the war, and then to stay in service until the late 1950s (and overseas through most of the 1960s) was an exceptional achievement. But then the Short Sunderland was an exceptional aeroplane.