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Picture shows the first flying boat on the Thames for 21 years-passing under Tower Bridge
Picture shows the first flying boat on the Thames for 21 years-passing under Tower Bridge. The visit of the BOAC short solent flying-boat to London is part of the commemoration this year of the 30th anniversary of British Air Transport.
The Short Solent is a passenger flying boat that was produced by Short Brothers in the late 1940s.
The first Solent flew in 1946. New Solents were used by BOAC and TEAL, production ending in 1949. The aircraft could be fitted for 24 passengers with day and night accommodation or 36 day passengers. The cabins (four on the lower deck and two on the upper) could be used to sleep four or seat six. The upper deck included a lounge/dining area next to kitchen; the lower deck had two dressing rooms, toilets and three freight compartments. The Solent 2 introduced by BOAC could carry 34 passengers and 7 crew. Between 1948 and 1950, BOAC operated their Solents on the three-times weekly scheduled service from Southampton to Johannesburg taking a route down the Nile and across East Africa. The journey took four days, including overnight stops
Picture taken Circa 10th May 1950