Short Type 166

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Short 166
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Short
Introduction pre-war[1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built 26 [2][1]
Engine 200hp Salmson radial
Armament (sometimes) rear flexible Lewis
3×51 kg (112 lb) bombs
Crew 2
Max Speed 105 km/h (65 mph)[2]

Though it was designed as a torpedo-bomber, the Short Seaplane, Admiralty Type 166 was used primarily for the traditional seaplane-patrol role. Like the Short Type 135, it used the powerful (for the time) 200hp Salmson radial engine. Unlike the 135, the 166 used king posts to brace the larger top wing rather than diagonal struts. Five were on hand on the Ark Royal in late 1915, and another twenty were built in 1916 by Westland Aircraft Works. [2]

Many served in the Eastern Mediterranean and the last two were retired in mid-1918.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Short Admiralty Type 166.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nowarra, p.110.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bruce'69, p.481.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070