By Phillip E. Sims

This can be a tale from a bygone age recalling the main winning flying-boat airliner ever outfitted. Designed to a specification for Imperial airlines, then Britain’s nationwide airline, it carried passengers and, extra importantly, mail during the British Empire. The airliner provided sumptuous commute for the privileged few, each trip being an experience shared through passengers and crew.

Short Brothers equipped forty two Empires at their manufacturing unit in Rochester throughout the overdue Thirties. Imperial airlines have been increasing their community to the furthermost outposts of the British Empire, when laying down the foundations of scheduled airline operation.

This is the story of the conclusion of a dream and the efforts of these who made it attainable. in the course of global conflict II, the army Sunderland model turned an icon.

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