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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4275 times:

Just curious --

Has anyone ever flown on a Shorts 360? I remember seeing some retired planes (US Air Express and AA Eagle) parked at ABI for parts. These planes look very spartan -- what are they like?


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User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4250 times:

Well, I've flown many time the very similar Short 330 with Olympic Airways, on domestic inter-Islands service... What a funny Aircraft !!!

Who operates the Short 360 now ???



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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4243 times:

The passenger cabin appears to be very large. Is it?


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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4221 times:

And check out this one!


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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1872 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4218 times:

I took a Shorts once. I don't remember the operator, since it was chartered.
From outside, I don't like it. I am still wondering how it can fly....
But I really enjoyed the size of the cabin, and this flight was very nice.
Teva



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User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4191 times:

Hi Ssides

I flew on a Connectair (forerunner of Cityflyer) S360 a few years back between Gatwick and Dusseldorf. We were remote parked at LGW and there were a few American pax (presumeably transferring from a Transatlantic flt) who looked a bit shocked when the bus pulled up at the little white 'shed' on the ramp. The cabin is quite spacious with I'd guess a lot more headroom than an ERJ for example. It's not pressurised so cruises at about 10000ft and is not fast (about 250kt?) so it took us a long time to get to DUS and it was a bit bumpy, but the views were good from the big windows. The other thing I remember is that instead of the usual door to the flightdeck at the front there are two little doors at either side behind the flightdeck seats. The hostie had to go to each door to hand the pilot + f/o their drinks/food.

i don't know of any still in pax service although there are a number flying night freight.


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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3170 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4168 times:

Biz Ex used to fly them when I worked for them. We used to call them "Sky Pigs."

Cabin was large. But the plane is not quite so aerodynamic as others. Because of the shape, and because was not pressurized (and didn't fly at higher alititudes) it didn't take bumps that well.



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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4163 times:

Anyone know what markets the 360 flew in the US? Hopefully, they were mercifully short!


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User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4165 times:

In the British Isles, Aurigny uses a 360 on its inter-island flights between Jersey and Guernsey.
Also think that Loganair still has one in its fleet.
BAC Express Airlines has a number which are mainly used for freight but operate a number of seasonal passenger charters to the Channel Islands.

The aircraft was a very common sight at most UK airports in the late '80's-early 90's with carriers such as Jersey European, BA Express, Loganair, Air UK, Capital, Titan Aiways, Manx, Gill Airways and British Air Ferries amongst others operating the type during this period. However it is becoming something of a rarity these days.



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User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4155 times:

Done 30 rides on "Shed"s in my time... G-BMHX, G-BMHY and G-WACK, all British Midland. Pretty much all of them were EMA to LHR or vice versa. When I worked at British Midland, they were always referred to as the "Shed" or the "Box", but we sometimes used to call them the "Irish Concorde" Big grin

It is often said that if Airfix made a model kit of a Short 360, they wouldn't need a box to put the bits in - they'd just put the other bits inside the fuselage.

Unpressurised, so most flights were at 8000' to 10000', and the big windows made for great views as long as the flight wasn't in IMC, in which case you got bounced around a fair bit. Quite noisy in comparison to modern RJs, but the cabin was far more roomy. I always liked flying on the Shed. I remember one Christmas Eve, when the weather had been bad in Jersey, BD Ops sent one of the Sheds to JER to pick up the straggling passengers who wanted to be home for the holiday. A one hour sector on a jet would've been quite a haul on a Shed. Whilst I'm sure that the pax were greatful to be back home, we had a bit of a grin when we thought about them flying all that way in a 360.

Andy


User currently offlineLuisinho From Portugal, joined Nov 2000, 229 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4146 times:

hiiii

That Shorts 330 from Olympic was used on the movie "SUMMER LOVERS", ehehehe, a very hot film, passed in Santorini island.... lot of good girls and very sexy scenes... ihihih and the poor Shorts 330 in the middle of it!

So... we can say that the shorts 330 is a very "erotic" aircraft!!!

REGARDS  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4132 times:

They are very spacious inside, I used to dispatch them at LBA many years ago. We used to have AirUK, Jersey European and CityFlyer Express operating the SH360 when I worked there.

I remember watching one take of in about 40knt winds that were blowing straight down the cross runway at LBA, the thing was in the air after about 200ft and climbed straight up to about 300ft then just sat there hovering above the airport. It must have taken the thing about 4-5 mins to fly to the airfield boundry. Everyone was just standing watching it with open mouths, it was the only time apart from a Harrier that I had seen a fixed wing a/c almost stationary in the air !!!.

Also once met a flight from LGW-LBA that had flown up during some very very heavy winds. The Cabin crew girl was white as a sheet when she opened that door and said she had not left her seat since she sat in it for take off at LGW. The pax were coming off and handing her bags of vomit, but they had not even used the proper bags, just the plastic bag that protected the inflight magazine as they hadn't had time to take the proper sick bag out !!.

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User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4102 times:
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There were Shorts active in southern California in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Golden West flew 330s and Imperial 360s on LAX-SAN and other routes.
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User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4087 times:

Just flew on Aurigny's Shorts 360 from Jersey to Guernsey vv. two months ago. As I was directly connecting from a Dash8-Q400 flight, it was quite a remarkable jump in aviation history Big grin

Nevertheless, the Shorts is less noisy inside than one would expect (OK, I sat in the second last row...) and offers great views through the large windows. Definitely an enjoyable aircraft for the 15min hop!

Cheers,

Tom


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4084 times:

Skymonster,

You think JER-EMA is bad, Air UK once sent G-DASI from LBA-CDG and back !!!. They had to leave the catering behind so they could carry enough fuel for the journey. Flight time was about 2:30 on that thing.

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User currently offlineDispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4073 times:

Zrs70,
I remember a BOS - ACK - BOS on a Business Express 360.
Had a great omelet at Nantucket and flew back into the afternoon heat at Logan. Can't remember when I was thrown around an aircraft more than that afternoon.
With my 6 foot something I could stand up so yes, it had a lot of space, but you really needed it  Nuts

Peter


User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4054 times:

Leezyjet,

Talking of long sectors on the Shed, Guernsey Airlines used to run a weekend JER-MAN sector on their's. On occasions when there were good headwinds, the Shed used to have to tech-stop en-route for fuel! Happy days - flying was so much simpler in those days! Long live the Irish Concorde Big grin

Andy

PS: I remember G-DASI though I never flew on it.


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4036 times:

Andy,

Yeah I used to dispatch DASI at LBA. The damn thing was tech every Monday morning as it was only mainly used on the LBA-EDI-LBA route and used to sit around from Friday evening until Monday morning. Every week, without fail something would be wrong with it. That a/c must has been operated by so many differant airlines. It came with the route each time the route changed hands between the airlines they got stuck with G-DASI.

Wonder whats happened to her now, think I'll do a search actually. She was such a sweet thing really and people who worked at LBA were very fond of her, last I knew of her she was wearing Gill Air's colours when they operated the route.

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User currently offlineMeechy36 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4037 times:

I was a flight attendant for Command Airways and have extensive experience on the 330 and the 360, we refered to it as either the Vomit Comet or the Chuck Wagon. You have never seen so many airsick passengers on a plane until you were on one of these in turbulence and heat.

The airline marketed it as "Fly our widebodies to White Plains."

It was a fun plane to work, the windows were huge, passengers had a great view. I have great memories or flying POU to LGA down the Hudson and flying by the World Trade Center and actually having to look UP at it as we passed and on the other side The Statue of Liberty.

Passengers had a love/hate relationship with them, they hated that it was unpressurized and a turboprob but it was usually the only alternate to B-1900, at least on us they got a lav and a drink, usually.

Mike-BOS


User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4008 times:

G-DASI was broken up at Gurnsey in October 2000  Sad

User currently offlineAvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3990 times:

I heard somewhere once that the Shed was originally conceived as a market replacement for the aging DC-3 fleet, but that it fell short on a few fronts. Any truth to this, or did I hear a load of B.S.?
Also, something I do know is that there were a fleet of meteorological equipment laden Shorts in Canada at one point in time. It made them even more un-aerodynamic because of all the extra antennas and radars and gee gaws hanging off of it.



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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3981 times:

I'm surprised some Hillbilly hasn't bought one of those to use as a house, looks like it would fit in a trailor park quite well.

User currently offlineWestjet_8 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3971 times:

Pacific Costal Airlines still has a fleet of 2-5 Shorts in service from Vancouver's south terminal to places like Powell River.


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User currently offlineUkair From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3960 times:

Skymonster what do you mean by referring to the Shorts 360 as the 'Irish Concorde' ? Please explain.

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3958 times:

Is the B-1900 pressurized?


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25 Erfly : Yes, the 1900 is a pressurized airliner. IIRC, it has a service ceiling of 25,000. As far as the Shorts 360, I know CCAir (USAir Express) operated the
26 Raven111 : I have flown on several of the 360's. USAir Express used them out of CLT years ago. My coworkers nicknamed it "A Winnabego with wings" I always enjoye
27 GDB : Shorts produced the Skyvan transport in the 60's, a civil/military transport, the 330 was a pax development of it, I say development, that's how it st
28 Skymonster : UKair: Skymonster what do you mean by referring to the Shorts 360 as the 'Irish Concorde' ? Please explain. Humour... It was built in Northern Ireland
29 Post contains links and images GDB : 'Irish' jokes in the UK are similar to 'Polish' jokes in the US. Shorts started out with the Skyvan, which had a 20 year production run, mostly milita
30 Post contains images BFS : Well now Skymonster, although that misinterpretation of the Irish being "slow" compared to the superbrains that occupy mainland Britain (which I can c
31 E1FAIL : Boy were those things slow and hot. But on the other hand they were incredibly safe. You could land it gear up, jack it, drop the gear, and fly it awa
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