Short Bros. Solent walkaround
Oakland Aviation Museum — Short Bros. Solent walkaround
37º 43′ 54″ N / 122º 12′ 45″ W
This aircraft is one of only a few Solents on display in the world and the only one in the USA. This Solent Mk III was manufactured by the Short Bros. (no strangers to seaplane designs) and is an evolution of their famous Sunderland line of flying boats and eventually leased to BOAC. She was named The City of Cardiff and began plying the 4½ day route between Southampton England and Johannesburg South Africa. The trip cost what would today be ~$12,500 in USD (I used this web site for the calculation) but the route came to an end in favor of land based aircraft in 1950. In her day she carried 34 passengers in luxury accommodations at a cruising speed of 220 mph (352kph) with a flight crew of five and a cabin crew of three.
The interior of the aircraft (both decks) can be toured and I understand it is in excellent condition but I could view only the exterior on the day of my visit. Here are images of the Solent Mk III:
This is the second post in a series about the Oakland Aviation Museum, the first immediately precedes the date of this one. Three more posts will shortly follow.