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    Default Heavy bomber to be built by Shorts circa 1917

    Looking for any additional information on a proposed heavy bomber to be built by Shorts at Belfast. It was intended to carrying 8000 lbs of fuel and 2000 lbs of bombs and be capable of reaching Germany.

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    Default Re: Heavy bomber to be built by Shorts circa 1917

    Try the website COCK AND CROSSADE Its WW1 and nothing else, if they dont know nobody will !

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    Default Re: Heavy bomber to be built by Shorts circa 1917

    Unfortunate mis-reference, bloodhound

    You're refering to the WWI aviation group formerly titled "Cross and Cockade International"
    with its magazine of that title.
    Now called "The Great War Aviation Society".
    See their site at https://www.crossandcockade.com/
    and particularly their forum at https://www.crossandcockade.com/cciforum/

    Also of very useful depth/quality is
    "The Aerodrome: Aces and Aircraft of World War I" site
    Their forum is at
    http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/
    Last edited by Don Clark; 4th December 2022 at 21:22.
    Toujours propos

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    Default Re: Heavy bomber to be built by Shorts circa 1917

    You could also try the Great War Forum at https://www.greatwarforum.org/, specifically the Air personnel and the war in the air section. I've found this and the old Cross and Cockade International forums extremely helpful in the past.

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    Default Re: Heavy bomber to be built by Shorts circa 1917

    Thanks for the input, gents. Will try those sites. Appreciate the help, given I was slightly out of Forum scope.

    Robert

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    Default Re: Heavy bomber to be built by Shorts circa 1917

    Robert

    A possbility? This is from 'Shorts Aircraft Since 1900' by C. H. Barnes, at the end of the entry about the Short 184-derived Short Bomber, page 129:

    The Short Bomber came into existence only as a stop-gap; it did its job and, when no longer needed, bowed itself out and was gone. No further development took place, but apparently a twin-engined Short bomber had been contemplated in 1916, because serials N507-8 were reserved for prototypes of this description; the engines would have been 200 HP Sunbeams (Afridis or Arabs), but the project was cancelled before any work was done on it, probably because of Horace Short's death; it was possibly a landplane derived from the twin-fuselage tandem-engined seaplane depicted in Oswald Short's patent No. 3,203 of February 1915.

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    Default Re: Heavy bomber to be built by Shorts circa 1917

    Thanks, Simon. Could be it.

    Context is that it was referred to by Sir William Weir as an example of what might be done when the Tarrant Tabor was under development.

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 6th December 2022 at 17:01. Reason: Weir added

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