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Short Cromarty

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The Short N.3 Cromarty was a prototype British twin-engined biplane flying boat, designed towards the end of the First World War. Only a single example was built, which first flew in 1921 and was wrecked in 1922. Development In April 1917, the British Admiralty developed a requirement for a long-range patrol flying boat to work in support of the Fleet, and issued Specification N.3(b) (later reissued as Air Ministry Specification XXX) to meet this need. This resulted in designs from Vickers (for the Valentia) and Shorts of Rochester, who, although better known at the time for floatplanes, had gained experience in flying boats, building Felixstowe F.3 and F.5s under licence from April 1917. Short Brothers received an order for three prototypes just after the Armistice ended the First World War. Short's design, the N.3 Cromarty, was a large, twin-engine biplane. It was powered by two Rolls-Royce Condor engines, and had a similar, but larger hull to that of the Felixstowe
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