The early flights of their heavier-than-air machines...

Lessons were learnt and experiments continued with the pioneering zeal and attention to detail and the quality that Shorts were noted for throughout their years manufacturing aircraft.  Read More

The move to Eastchurch...

However, with the passage of time the site was found to be restrictive as flights got longe.  Read More



1909 - 1917

The training of naval officers led the Shorts to think that aircraft development would be based on using water take-offs and landings as there were no hard runways at that time..  Read More



Shellbeach / Leysdown / Muswell Manor  Timeline: 1909 - 1917