Short Scylla

Short Scylla

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The Short L.17 Scylla was a British 4-engined 39-seat biplane luxury airliner designed and built by Short Brothers at the request of Imperial Airways to supplement the Handley Page H.P.42's already in service after Handley Page quoted an excessive price for the aircraft.

Imperial Airways used the Scylla for scheduled flights between London and various European cities such as Paris. Two aircraft were built, the Scylla (G-ACJJ) and the Syrinx (G-ACJK). Both served with the airline until its merger into BOAC in 1939, and both were finally taken out of service the following year.

Design and development

The Scylla was a land-based development of the Short Kent (S.17) flying boat, essentially using the Kent's aerostructure above a redesigned fuselage. It was a large, all-metal biplane (wingspan of 113 ft, 34,44 m) powered originally by four Bristol Jupiter XFBM radial engines mounted on vertical struts between the upper and lower planes. The square-section braced-framed fuselage was mounted below the lower wing. The tail unit comprised a single vertical fin and a horizontal tailplane mounted on the fin at approximately one quarter height. The Scylla was originally fitted with a Flettner trimming aerofoil to ease the forces on the rudder controls; an experimental servo tab on the rudder was tested on G-ACJJ Scylla for a...
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