Short Bomber

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Short Bomber
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Short
Introduction 2nd half 1916 [1]
Primary users RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 83 [2][1]
Wingspan 25.9 m (85 ft) [3]
Engine 225hp Sunbeam or
250hp Rolls-Royce Eagle
Armament rear flexible Lewis
8×51 kg (112 lb) bombs
Crew 2
Max Speed 126 km/h (78 mph) [2][4][3]
Climb 2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 21:25
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 45:00 [2][3]
Service Ceiling 2,900 m (9,500 ft) [2][4][3]
Endurance 6:00 [2][4][3]

The RNAS sought to acquire a large land-based bomber and the Short Type 184 was adapted in the form of the Short Bomber. The plane started with the Type 184 fuselage, but stability was improved with a longer fuselage and this change was made soon after the first production planes arrived. The wings were different from the start, adding a bay to extend them for greater lifting power. Later production planes upgraded from the Type 184's original 225hp Sunbeam engine to the 250hp Rolls-Royce Eagle.

At least fifteen Short Bombers were transferred to the RFC around the time of the Somme Offensive in summer 1916. By early 1917 the Short Bombers were starting to be phased out because the Handley-Page O/100 carried a much larger bomb-load. [2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Short Bomber.

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  1. Updated card
  1. 1.0 1.1 Lamberton, p.68.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Bruce'69, p.495.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lamberton, pp.216-218.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.67.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711