|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||August 2000|
|SIZE:||280 x 220 mm|
|INSIDE:||180 Black and White Photographs|
The Short Sunderland was the largest aircraft used by RAF Coastal Command during World War Two. Designed as an anti-submarine patrol aircraft, its design owed much to the Empire Class flying boats built for Imperial Airways. Its size and range allowed it to roam over vast areas of ocean and its considerable armament led to it being nicknamed 'The Flying Porcupine' by respectful German aircrews.
It was one of very few Allied aircraft to remain in service throughout WW2 and went on to serve for several more years before being replaced by land-based aircraft. The Sunderland played an important role in the Berlin Airlift and served with several foreign air forces.