Short 184

The Short 184 was one of Ihe major seaplane types of World War I. It was designed in response to a British Admiralty specification, issued in September 1914, for a torpedo-carrying seaplane with a 225-hp Sunbeam engine.
The resulting aircraft, produced by the Short Brothers’ company, was designated Admiralty Type 184. after the serial number allocated to the first prototype.
From the spring of 1915 a more than 900 Short 184s were limit. They mostly operated off seaplane carriers, the forerunners of aircraft carriers. The seaplane was lowered over the side of the carrier by crane and took off from the water: at the end of its mission, lady luck permitting, it landed near the ship and was lifted back on board.
On 12 August 1915 a 184 carried aboard HMS Ben-My-Chree became the first aircraft to sink a ship at sea using a torpedo. The seaplane was also used for bombing ports and shore installations, and for reconnaissance: indeed, on 31 May 1916 a 184 from HMS Engadine supplied valuable information about enemy ships preparing for the Battle of Jutland. Short 184s served in virtually every maritime theatre of the war, from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean. They were still in production when hostilities ended.

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