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Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat
Technical Information

Background
Built by the Short in Rochester, Kent United Kingdom. Prewar, several were sold to Qantas Empire Airways (QEA) for use delivering air mail. During World War II, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF ) impressed four into military service.

S23 "Centaurus" A18-10, ex G-ADUT destroyed March 3, 1942 during the Japanese air -raid against Broome.

S23 "Calypso" A18-11, ex G-AEUA sunk off Daru, New Guinea August 8, 1942

S23 "Coogee" A18-12, ex VH-ABC, written off in a landing accident at Townsville on February 27 1942

S23 "Coolangatta" A18-13, ex VH-ABB, carried out many successful missions and were eventually returned to Qantas in July, 1943.

S33 "Clifton" A18-14, ex G-AFPZ, was impressed on March 9 1942. This aircraft had a strengthened hull able to carry a payload of 53,000 lbs.

Technical Details
Crew  Five
Engine   4 x 920 hp Bristol Pegasus XC
Span  114'
Length  88'
Height  31' 9 3/4"
Maximum Speed 200 mph
Range  1,200 miles
Armament  (none) Temporary dorsal gun position for .303 machine guns and 50 caliber guns.
Cargo  17-24 passengers and 4,480 lbs of cargo
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