Reconnaissance Flying Boat
The S.35 Shetland is a Short reconnaissance flying boat. In the early 40s, the UK Air Ministry announced the R.14/40 specification for the creation of a long-range reconnaissance flying boat with heavy weapons. According to this specification, the maximum take-off weight of the aircraft was assumed to be 100,000 lb (45.359 kg), with a bomb load of 20,000 lb (9.072 kg). Short and Saunders-Roe have teamed up to design and build an aircraft to this specification, designated the Short S.35. Its design was based on the experience of Saunders-Roe, gained during the development of the Saro A.37 flying boat.
The first flight (DX166) took place on December 14, 1944. The S.35 did not have time to pass tests until the end of World War II, after which interest in it from the British Air Ministry fell. In October 1945, the aircraft was shown at the Farnborough Aviation Exhibition, on January 28, 1946, it burned down at the anchorage.
With the end of the war, the second prototype (serial number DX171) was completed as a civilian transport and received the designation Shetland Mk.II. It was designed to carry 70 passengers, but only 40 passenger seats were installed. Registered as "G-ADUY", Shetland Mk.II. The first flight took place on September 17, 1947. After testing, the plane was delivered to Short's plant in Belfast, but no orders were received, only limited test flights were performed on it, and then it was decommissioned in 1951.