VH-ACD. Short S-33C Empire Flying Boat. c/n S.1025.


 

Was the forty-first Empire boat completed and flown by Short Bros at Rochester, Kent

Order placed by Imperial Airways, London - June 7, 1939

Completed as a S-33 Empire Class boat with 920 h.p. Bristol Perseus XII engines

The standard fuel capacity was 650 gallons

It had an all-up weight of 40,500 lbs (18,380 kg) which was later increased to 53,000 lbs (24,200 kg)

The cruising speed was 164 m.p.h. with a standard range of 760 miles / 1,245 km

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register (CofR 9036) - January 27, 1939

First flown as G-AFPZ - April 9, 1940

Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) Issued - April 20, 1940

Delivered to British Overseas Airways - April 22, 1940

Aircraft named 'Clifton'

Used on Southampton - Sydney and Southampton - Durban - Sydney routes

Aircraft was isolated in the eastern sector of Horseshoe Route - February 1942

Ownership transferred to Qantas Airways in exchange for Qantas aircraft VH-ABF

VH-ABF 'Cooee' had been isolated in the western sector when Horseshoe Route was cut during WWII

Due to wartime emergency this aircraft was impressed by the R.A.A.F. - March 1942

Impressed by the Royal Australian Air Force as A18-14 - March 9, 1942

Converted for general reconnaissance duties at Rose Bay, Sydney

Aircraft was fitted with a temporary dorsal gun position equipped with 0.303 machine guns

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - July 13, 1942

Returned to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd at Rose Bay, Sydney - June 25, 1943

Ownership transferred to Qantas - June 25, 1943

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ACD (CofR 785) - July 1, 1943

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Aircraft destroyed in a night landing accident at Rose Bay, Sydney - January 18, 1944

Flight crew: Captains W. Hussey, A. L. Ashley

Capt Ashley had been undergoing night landing practice under instruction from Captain Hussey

Aircraft bounced on landing, stalled and subsequently broke apart on impacting the water again

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - January 18, 1944

 


 

G-AFPZ. British Overseas Airways - in the wartime livery at Rose Bay, Sydney, date unknown.

G-AFPZ. British Overseas Airways - in the wartime livery at Rose Bay, Sydney, date unknown.

G-AFPZ. British Overseas Airways - in camouflage livery at Rochester, date unknown.

VH-ACD. Qantas Empire Airways - in camouflage livery at Rose Bay, Sydney, October 1943.

VH-ACD. Qantas Empire Airways - in camouflage livery at Rose Bay, Sydney, date unknown.

VH-ACD. Qantas Empire Airways - in camouflage livery at Rose Bay, Sydney, date unknown.