Hugh Oswald Short

John Lankester Parker, close friend and Chief Test pilot for 27 years and later a Company director of Shorts and Harland Ltd of Belfast wrote...


“The contribution made by Oswald to the technical side of aviation is, I think, far greater than is generally realised and in my view he has never received the rightful tribute for his imaginative and practical work.

Oswald, personally, sponsored the use of aluminium alloy for the primary structure of aircraft years before the material was accepted as ‘airworthy’.

He pioneered the stress-skinned, all-metal construction with the most fanatical enthusiasm.”


A note in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography by Gordon Bruce - the Company Secretary Shorts and Harland Ltd of Belfast...


“Oswald was an unassuming, courteous man whose physical courage was proven as an aeronaut, pilot and observer on test flights.

He was a lover of music and animal life; his labour relations were paternalistic with a Victorian sense of fair play.”

Born June 1883 Derbyshire

and died in 1969

at Gillham’s Farm,

Lynchmere, West Sussex.

Buried at Lynchmere Burial Ground