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Short Brothers: Calcutta

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November 1932. (G-EBVH). (Flight 1932/11/17).

Note: This is a sub-section of Short Brothers Aircraft.

The Short Calcutta or S.8 was a civilian biplane airliner flying boat made by Short Brothers.


  • Biplane Flying Boat


Number produced

  • 7


The Calcutta biplane flying boat originated from an Imperial Airways requirement to service the Mediterranean legs of its services to and from India. Derived from the Short Singapore military flying boat, the Calcutta was noteworthy for being the first stressed skin, metal-hulled flying boat. It was equipped with three Bristol Jupiter engines mounted between the wings. The two pilots flew the plane from an open cockpit while the radio operator shared the main cabin with the 15 passengers.

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