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Sunderland Flying Boat

Sunderland Flying Boat
Sunderland Flying Boat
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The Sunderland, S.25, was a flying boat patrol bomber, developed for the Royal Air Force by Short Brothers, based on their successful S.23 Empire flying boats, the flagship of Imperial Airways. First flew on October 16, 1937.

The Sunderland Flying Boat was constructed using metal except for most of its control surfaces which are made of metal frames and covered with fabric. In 1941 it was fitted with ASV Mark II radar or Anti-Surface Vessel. This was a radar system with primitive low-frequency that operates at a wavelength of 1.5m.

The Sunderland continued being in the service even after World War II. In 1948 during the Berlin Airlift, the aircraft Sunderland shipped food to the British Sector landing on Lake Havel. They also used it in maritime patrols over Yellow Sea in the Korean War and it had a counterinsurgency role during the British War against the Malayan guerrillas.

In 1954, the RAF started to phase out the Sunderland flying boat. But before that the Sunderland helped supply the British Greenland expedition from 1951 to 1954. However, in 1951 19 Sunderlands were reconditioned in Belfast for the Aeronavale, French naval air arm. Another 16 Sunderlands were reconditioned this time in England for the Royal New Zealand Air Force or RNZAF.

In 1960, the Lockheed P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft replaced the Sunderlands for Aeronavale and RNZAF. And in 1958 Avro Shackletons replaced a number of Sunderlands operated by the South African Air Force. As of today a Sandringham, owned by Kermit Weeks, a well-known American warbird collector is still flying. Today, they are doing their best to get more Sunderlands and put it back up in the air.