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    Mann Egerton production line, about 1916

    Someone just sent me scanned copies of two framed photos he recently acquired. They show the production line at the Mann Egerton factory in Norwich. I think the aircraft are "Short Bombers" (rather vague sounding title, but it was the official one). Above one of the airframes is the sign "9480". According to Bruce Robertson's British Military Aircraft Serials Mann Egerton produced 20 Short Bombers for the RNAS (including 9480) or RFC in the block 9476-9495. The date must be about 1916. I can get better photos if anyone is interested.

    I wonder if the aeroplane with the folding wings seen head-on is one of Mann Egerton's own Type B seaplanes. The sign could be 9088.
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    Last edited by l.garey; 12th June 2018 at 16:22.
    Laurence

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    Where are the Short Bomber and Mann Egerton "B" experts?
    Laurence

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    No 2 image reminds me of that Short aircraft remains that they have in the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

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    Where did they test fly these ? The factory was very close to the current Norwich airport, but I believe at the time Mousehold Heath was Norwich Aerodrome.

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    Short Bomber
    See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Bomber
    Or Lewis, P The British Bomber Since 1914 [Putnam 1967, 1974] pp 52,53

    Mann Egerton Type B
    See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_Egerton_Type_B
    Or Lewis, P The British Bomber Since 1914 [Putnam 1967, 1974] p 70

    Short Type 184, Type D/184
    See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Type_184
    Or Lewis, P The British Bomber Since 1914 [Putnam 1967, 1974] pp49-51
    Last edited by DonClark; 15th June 2018 at 23:20. Reason: Addnl. Typo.

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    JagRigger: according to

    http://www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/r...8-8f31df1d6a75

    "A large wooden hangar was constructed on the Mann Egerton site in 1916. The company
    manufactured Short bombers, Sopwith fighters and other aircraft until 1919. The site included a private airfield. The hangar was demolished in 1984."

    DonClark: thanks for the references
    Laurence

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