FLYING BOAT FLEETS
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Postcard showing Short S25 Sandringham
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The lists below show the aircraft used by airlines that operated flying boat services to Southampton water.The aircraft registration is followed by the c/n(Manufacturers serial number),or ex-RAF serial.
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AQUILA Airways
Operated srvices from Southampton to various destinations in UK and Europe from 24/3/49 until 30/9/58.
Sunderland 3.G-AGER ex JM660 ~ G-AGEU ex JM663 ~ G-AGHZ ex ML727 ~ G-AGIA ex ML728 ~ G-AGJJ ex ML751 ~ G-AGJK ex ML752 ~ G-AGJL ex ML753 ~ G-AGJM ex ML754 ~ G-AGJN ex ML 755 ~ G-AGKY ex ML789 ~ G-AGLA ex ML791 ~ G-AHEO ex JM716 ~ G-AHER ex PP142
Sandringham 1.G-AGKX ex ML788.
Solent 2.G-AHIN S.1302
Solent 3.G-AKNU S.1299 ~ G-ANAJ S.1293.
Solent 4.G-ANYI S.1558 ~ G-AOBL S.1556.
Flight Postcards showing Short S25 Hythe and S45 Solent.Both Aquila Airways.
Aquila Airways Summer 1958 timetable(David Zekria collection)
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British Marine Air Navigation Co.
Operated service Woolston to Guernsey C.I.from 15/9/23 until 28/2/29.Used Supermarine Sea Eagles.
G-EBFK 1163 ~ G-EBGR 1164 ~ G-EBGS 1165
G-EBGS Supermarine Sea Eagle.
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IMPERIAL Airways/BOAC
First flying boat services were those operated by British Marine which was absorbed by Imperial in 1924.Operated the Empire Services from mid 30s until final termination of flying boat services on 3/11/50.Listed are all flying boats operated by the company.(Not all aircraft operated from Southampton).
Short S8 CalcuttaG-EBVG S.712 ~ G-EBVH S.713 ~ G-AADN S.748 ~ G-AASJ S.752 ~ G-AATZ S.754 .
Short S.17 KentG-ABFA S.758 ~ G-ABFB S.759 ~ G-ABFC S.760.
Short S.23 EmpireG-ADHL S.795 ~ G-ADHM S.804 ~ G-ADUT S.811 ~ G-ADUU S.812 ~ G-ADUV S.813 ~ G-ADUW S.814 ~ G-ADUX S.815 ~ G-ADUY S.816 ~ G-ADUZ S.817 ~ G-ADVA S.818 ~ G-ADVB S.819 ~ G-ADVC S.820 ~ G-ADVD S.821 ~ G-ADVE S.822 ~ G-AETV S.838 ~ G-AETW S.839 ~ G-AETX S.840 ~ G-AETYS.841 ~ G-AETZ S.842 ~ G-AEUA S.843 ~ G-AEUB S.844 ~ G-AEUC S.845 ~ G-AEUD S.846 ~ G-AEUE S.847 ~ G-AEUF S.848.
Short S.30 Empire.G-AFCT S.879 ~ G-AFCU S.880 ~ G-AFCV S.881 ~ G-AFCW S.882 ~ G-AFCX S .883
(LEFT)Postcard of G-AETX Short Empire Flying Boat.(RIGHT)Dutch Postcard of G-AEUD"Cordelia" Empire Class
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Short Mayo Composite.G-ADHJ S.796(S-20) ~ G-ADHK S.797(S-21)...Postcard images below.
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Short S.26 G-Class.G-AFCI S.871 ~ G-AFCJ S.872 ~ G-AFCK S.873 .
Short S.33 Empire.G-AFPZ S.1025 ~ G-AFRA S.1026 ~ G-AFRB S.1027 .
Boeing 314A.G-AGBZ 2081 ~ G-AGCA 2082 ~ G-AGCB 2083.
BOAC Boeing B314A G-AGBZ in WW2 markings
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Short Seaford.NJ201/M-OZZA.Used for trials by BOAC during 1946.
Short S.25 Sunderland III (Hythe Class)G-AGER ex JM660 ~ G-AGEU ex JM663 ~ G-AGEW ex JM665 ~ G-AGHZ ex ML727 ~ G-AGIA ex ML728 ~ G-AGJJ ex ML751 ~ G-AGJK ex ML752 ~ G-AGJL ex ML753 ~ G-AGJM ex ML754 ~ G-AGJN ex ML755 ~ G-AGJO ex ML756 ~ G-AGKV ex ML786 ~ G-AGKW ex ML787 ~ G-AGKX ex ML788 ~ G-AGKY ex ML798 ~ G-AGKZ ex ML790 ~ G-AGLA ex ML791
Short S.45 Solent G-AHIL S.1300 ~ G-AHIM S.1301 ~ G-AHIN S.1302 ~ G-AHIO S.1303 ~ G-AHIR S.1304 ~ G-AHIS S.1305 ~ G-AHIT S.1306 ~ G-AHIU S.1307 ~ G-AHIV S.1308 ~ G-AHIW S.1309 G-AHIX S.1310 ~ G-AHIY S.1311 ~ G-AKNO S.1294
Postcard showing BOAC Short Solent Flying Boat.
Short S.25 Sandringham V(Plymouth Class)G-AHYY SH.31C ~ G-AHZA SH34C ~ G-AHZC SH39C ~ G-AHZD SH40C ~ G-AHZE SH36C ~ G-AHZF SH41C ~ G-AHZG SH37C ~ G-AJMZ SH56C
Short S.25 Sandringham VllG-AKCO SH57C ~ G-AKCP SH58C ~ G-AKCR SH59C
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PAN AMERICAN Airways
Operated services from USA to Southampton from 8/7/37.(Initially only mail/freight carried).Operations moved to Poole during WW2,but maintenance remained at Hythe.
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Sikorsky S-42.NC822M 4200X ~ NC823M 4201 ~ NC824M 4202
Sikorsky S-42A. NC15373 4203 ~ NC15374 4204 ~ NC15375 4205 ~ NC15376 4206
Sikorsky S-42B.NC16734 4207 ~ NC176735 4208 ~ NC16736 4209
Boeing B-314 .NC18601 1988 ~ NC18602 1989 ~ NC18603 1990 ~ NC18604 1991 ~ NC18605 1992 ~ NC18606 1993
Boeing B-314A.NC18609 2083 ~ NC18611 2085 ~ NC18612 2086
There is an excellent site with a very detailed history of all Panam's aircraft to be found at The Clipper Heritage.
Postcard showing Pan American Sikorsky S.42B.NC 16736 Clipper III.c/n4209.
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SUPERMARINE
Operated services in summer of 1919 using Channel Mk.1 aircraft.
G-EAED 978 ~ G-EAEE 977 ~ G-EAEK 971
Supermarine Channel Flying Boat.

In addition to the Airlines and aircraft listed above,other airlines visited Southampton Water, mainly from Europe,but occasionally from further afield.Details are scarce but a few known visitors are listed below.

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D-1929. Dornier X , Dornier.(Lufthansa pilot).visited in early 1930s
F-AMSX. Breguet 530 Saigon,c/n 2(one of two of this type op by Air france)
F-ANPA.Loire-et-Olivier H242-1 c/n 4,Air France(Air France had at least 6 of these)
F-BAHE.Loire-et-Olivier H49 c/n 01,Air France(one of at least four of this type)
F-BDRA.Latecoere 631 c/n 4.Air France(one of nine a/c )
LV-AAR Sandringham, F.A.M.A./Aerolinas Argentinas ,visited Hythe possibly on 4th June 1946.(can anyone confirm this?)
ZK-AML Solent, TEAL,visited Hythe 25-08-49 to 30-08-49 made 5 local flights.
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Any further information,particularly concerning the Air France aircraft would be appreciated.

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