Short Type 827

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Short 827
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Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Short
First flight 1914
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built ≥107 [1]-108[2]
Variants Short Type 830
Engine 150hp Sunbeam Nubian vee
Armament (sometimes) rear, flexible Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 98 km/h (61 mph) [1]

Developed at the same time as the Short Type 166, the Short Seaplane, Admiralty Type 827 was a smaller plane using the 150hp Sunbeam Nubian vee-eight. Its sister type was the Short Type 830, the same airframe with the 135hp Salmson radial instead. They were built and used over most of the war, and over time the Type 827 came to outnumber the 830. Production deliveries began in 1915 and the plane flew all the way to the Armistice, carrying out patrols off England's coast as well as Africa, the Mediterranean, and Mesopotamia, and a few were converted to wheeled undercarriages for land use. [1]

By November 1918 only two were still in service: one stored at Bogton and No.8649 at Port Said.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Short Type 827.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bruce'69, p.483.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nowarra, p.110.
  • 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