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1917 - 1947

In 1926, following the fitting of a new design of metal hull to an otherwise standard ‘F’ Class flying boat, the Singapore 1, a completely ‘new’ aircraft emerged.

ROCHESTER 1926 -1928

 

ROCHESTER

Rochester Timeline: 1917 - 1947

This new design was used to develop the civilian Calcutta flying boat that provided an extremely high standard of passenger comfort having amenities such as a wash basin, a proper lavatory, a buffet and cooking facilities.

A military version was also developed and was known as the Rangoon to be used for patrol duties with the Royal Air Force Londoners were treated to a close-up view of Britain’s latest commercial flying boat when in 1928 John Lankester Parker, Shorts Chief Test Pilot, with Oswald Short on board, put a Calcutta down on the River Thames at Westminster for the Members of Parliament to inspect.

 

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The luxurious interior of the passenger version

Winston Churchill and John Lankester Parker in the cockpit with Oswald Short raising a finger