This thin book, which contains photographs and deserves to be thicker than that, commemorates the Short family ( and her eponymous firm ) who hold such an important place in aviation history.
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|22 x 31 x 0.3 cm
|NORTH KENT BOOKS
It is now 70 years since the Short Brothers first ventured into winged flight. This slight volume commemorates this remarkable family and firm who hold such an important place in aviation history. Though not themselves the originators of powered flight, they did achieve the feat of having set up the worlds first aircraft factory, producing the dsigns of Orville and Wilbur Wright, as well as to their own plans. In so doing they put Kent on the map as one of the premier centres in aviation. Starting in Sheppey in 1909 and subsequently expanding at Rochester from 1913, Short Brothers can be said to have perfected the seaplane in a process of innovation and design improvement as examplified in the " Empire " and " G " class boats and the Sunderland. Finally, forced out of the area by geographical factors and the needs of modern technology, the firm finally severed its connection with the Medway area in 1962.
This book sets out to give a brief history of the firm and its products as well as an outline of the contribution of each of the brothers.