Profile Publications No. 142 The Short Stirling

Stirling Mk. V, PJ943, inflight. The Belfast plant produced 160 Mk. V's, u hicli were to have played a leading role in the projected invasion o f Japan. If Shorts had been allowed to have their way with the wingspan of the Stirling, if their proposals for improved aircraft had been accepted, there would have been a lot more written about this bomber. But even without the “ifs” it is a story which can stand against that of any other aircraft and a story which has assured the Stirling of a place among the “immortals” of World War Two. (Geoffrey Norris, 1966. STIR LING PRO DUCT ION Manufacturer No. built Serial Numbers Remarks Shorts, Rochester 2 L7600 and L6705 L7600 crashed on maiden flight STIRLING MARK I Shorts, Rochester 260 N3635-3644, N3646, N3652-3684, N3700-3729, N3750-3769, DJ972-977, R9141-9170, R9184-9203, R9241-9290, EF327- 369, EF384-400. N3645, N3647-51 destroyed on ground replaced by DJ972-977 Short& Harland Belfast 261 N6000-6024, N6029-6030, N6032-6049, N6065-6104, N6120- 6129, R9295-9334, R9349-9358, BF309-358, BF327-416, BF434-454. N6025-6028, N6031 destroyed on ground. Nos. N3657, N3711 & R9188 were built as MK. M’s but converted back to MK. I’s. Austin Motors 191 W7426-7475, W7500-7539, W7560-7589, W7610-7639, BK592-628, BK644-647. STIRLING MARK III Shorts, Rochester 276 EF401-413, EF425-470, EF488-518, LJ440-483, LJ501-529, LJ531-544, LJ557-596, LJ611-653, LJ667-670, PW255-266. 2 1 Aircraft converted to IV's. LJ serials 615,618,620,622,624,627,629, 631, 633, 636, 643,645,647,650,652,667.668640,638, and PW255 and 257. Short& Harland, Belfast 342 BF455-483, BF500-534, BF561-580, MZ260-264, EE871-918, EE937-975, EF114-163, EF177-217, EF231-277, EF289-316. MZ serials ordered to replace N6025-28 and N6031. Austin Motors 429 BK648-667, BK686-727, BK759-784, BK798-818, EH875-909, EH921 -961, EH977-996, EJ104-127, LK375-411, LK425-466, LK479-521, LK535-576, LK589-624. STIRLING MARK IV Short& Harland Belfast 450 EF317-323, LJ810-851, LJ864-899, LJ913-956, LJ969-999, LK114-156, LK169-211, LK226-257, LK270-313, LK436-370, PK225-237, PW384-425, PW438-465. STIRLING MARK V Short& Harland, Belfast 160 PJ878-923, PJ935-959, PJ971-999, PK115-158, PK171-186. TOTAL AIRCRAFT BUILT AND FLOWN :2,371. STIR LING PRO DUCT ION NOTES Total number of aircraft built was 2,382 (this figure includes the eleven aircraft destroyed on the ground in air raids). Aircraft listed as Rochester-built include those built at South Marston shadow factory. Aircraft listed as Belfast-built include those built at Queen’s Island, Aldergrove, Long Kesh and Meghaberry. A number of aircraft listed as Mark I aircraft appeared later as Mark Ill’s after conversion at Maintenance Units and many Mark Ill’s were similarly converted to IV’s. PRINTED IN ENGLAND <Profile Publications Ltd., P.O. Box 26, 1a North Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, England by George Falkner &Sons Ltd., for McCorquodale City Printing Division, London. U.S. 2nd Class Mailing Rates applied for. Profile Publications Ltd. is a member of the Norprint Division of the Norcros Group with world distribution network, retaining all rights in all languages. North American Import Agency rights delegated to J.W .C. Aeronautica, 7506 Clybourn Avenue, Sun Valley, California 91352 North American Distributive Agency rights invested the National Aerospace Education Council, 616 Shoreham Building, 806 15th Street N.W., Washington D.C. 20005. Reproduction of, or any part of, this publication is expressly forbidden under the terms of International Copyright Law except as subject to written permission by the Managing Director, Profile Publications Ltd.
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