ZK-AML Short S.45 Solent 4
The Short Solent was the civil adaption of the more
powerful Sunderland aircraft built for
as the Seaford. Four new machines were built for Tasman Empire
Airways in 1949.
(Another, previously-owned Solent 3 also joined the fleet
later). ZK-AML was the first and is
seen in the
above photograph by the manufacturers, Short Brothers and Harland
Ltd. It was
christened Aotearoa ll" by (the then) H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth on 26
May 1949. In addition to
operated on the trans Tasman Sea routes, the Solents were also used on
"Coral Route" from Auckland to Fiji, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Tahiti.
was sold to Aquila Airways back in the U.K. in 1954 and wound up
derelict on a
beach in theTagus estuary near
Lisbon, Portugal, being eventually sold for scrap in 1971.