Short Brothers

The Short brothers, Eustace (1875-1932) and Oswald (1883-1969), started Short Brothers, often just called Short or Shorts, in central London in 1908.  The company grew from making the frail, barely-airworthy planes of the nineteen-oughts to World War I military aircraft, then a celebrated series of flying boats, the Stirling heavy bomber of World War II, and passenger and cargo transport aircraft in the postwar years.  In the late 1930s the company gradually shifted its operations to Belfast, Northern Island, where it persists as an aerospace component supplier and license builder to this day.

Early Aircraft