Short Solent

ZK-AMO 'Aranui'


Taken at the Museum of Transport and Technology, 1991. This aircraft, the pride of the Solent Preservation Society, is the last of its type. It operated up until 1960, flying the 'Coral route' from New Zealand through Fiji, Samoa, and Aitutaki to Tahiti - about as romantic as flying gets - the two deck giant carrying only 45 passengers.

The image shows the size of the hanger (one of two) and some of the other aircraft present. The strange object in the foreground is the tail-turret from the Avro Lancaster VII, the tail of which is just visible at the right.

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