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Austin Robinson : flying boat testing and delivery - Shorts, Rochester

A small selection of some of the many photographs taken by Austin while at Short Brothers in Rochester

latex miscellaneous Felixstowe F5 flying boat N4041 moving down slipway at Shorts cropped
Felixstowe F3 flying boat showing open cockpit & front gunner's positionFelixstowe F5 flying boat N4041 on the Shorts' slipway outside No. 3 erecting shedN4041 pictured again moving down the Shorts' slipway
latex miscellaneous Shorts F3 flying boats under construction 1
N4041 entering the Medway for the first timeFront of the No. 3 erecting shed at Short BrothersShort F3 flying boats under construction
latex miscellaneous Shorts F3 flying boats under construction 4 cropped
Short F3 flying boats under constructionShort F3 flying boats under constructionShort F3 flying boats under construction
latex miscellaneous Shorts F3 flying boats under construction women 7 cropped
Short F3 flying boats under construction showing some of the female workforce then employed at Short BrothersAnother of Austin's photos of women engaged in flying boat constructionShort F3 flying boats under construction
latex miscellaneous Felixstowe F5 on medway 2 cropped
Felixstowe F5 N4040 nearing completion in No. 3 erecting shedFelixstowe F5 N4041 being tested for seaworthiness on the MedwayAnother shot of N4041 on the Medway