S.40 Shetland 2
Design of a
Sunderland replacement was actually begun before the outbreak of WW
resultant design was undertaken
in conjunction with, and cooperation from, Saunders-Roe.
result two prototyes of the Shetland were laid down. The war
machines, which had military serials DX166 and DX171. After the
war it was decided
converted the second machine to a civilian transport (the first was
when it caught fire at its
moorings at Felixstowe after a rating accidentally left a primus stove
burning!). By 1949 however the airlines were convinced that
landplanes were the solution to
long range air transport, causing
the Shetland to be scrapped in 1951.