Model Aircraft [Short Sandringham]
Short Brothers and Harland Limited, Manufacturer
Several Sunderland planes were converted to be used commercially as civilian flying boats. This plane was built by Blackburn at Dumbarton as a Sunderland Mk III aircraft in 1944. It was transferred to Short Bros & Harland, Belfast for conversion to Sandringham Mk IV Tasman Class in 1946. It was delivered to TEAL in Auckland on September 4, 1946. First TEAL scheduled service September 17, 1946. First Sandringham flight to Fiji - May 1947. Made last TEAL scheduled service December 19, 1949. Subsequently sold to Barrier Reef Airways in 1950, registered as VH-BRD and renamed 'Princess of Cairns'. Operated between Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns and various offshore islands. The aircraft sank in the Brisbane river after being damaged at its mooring by a ship on September 10, 1952.
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