Short Brothers

The Short Brothers business (also known as Short and Shorts) started in 1897 when brothers Eustace and Oswald Short bought a second hand coal gas filled balloon and started manufacturing balloons. The manufacturer of balloons started in 1902 in Hove, Sussex. In 1905 they won a contract for three balloons for the British Indian Army and so impressed the Army that they recommended them to other people who started to buy the balloons.

In 1908 after seeing the Wright Brothers demonstration at Le Mans in France they finished ballooning and 'began building aeroplanes at once'. The first aircraft, a glider was bought by Charles Rolls of Rolls Royce fame. In 1909 they started serial construction of aircraft, the first company in the world to undertake volume production of an aircraft.

During the First World War Short built a variety of aircraft including the Type 184 and two flying boats the F.3 and F.5 of which 50 were built.

During the 1920s & 1930s flying boats were favoured for long-range civil aviation and produced the first of three designs known as the Singapore. The company also developed the Short Calcutta and Short Empire and in 1937 the famous Short Sunderland. In 1936 the company opened its first factory in Belfast, later to become the base of all its operations.

During World War 2 the Short Sunderland became a effective anti-submaring patrol bomber with Coastal Command. Short also won a contract to build a heavy four engined bomber, the Short Stirling and in 1944 the high speed Short Shetland.

By 1947 Short had moved entirely to Belfast and in the 1950s Short was involved in VTOL research with the SC1 SB5 and SB4 Sherpa, the company also built a back up bomber in case the V Bomber development failed. In the 1950s Short built the English Electric Canberra bomber and Bristol Britannia airliner. In the 1960's the company found a niche in short haul freighter aircraft with the SC7 Skyvan later also building the Short 330 ans 360. In 1964 Short built the SC5 Belfast heavy lift aircraft for the RAF with 10 being built. Short also built missile systems including the Seacat, Tigercat, Javelin and Blowpipe.

Short Stirling Heavy Bomber of World War 2

In 1989 Short was bought buy Canadian company Bombardier and builds components for military and civil aircraft.


The poster is printed on 220gsm silk paper and is delivered in a cardboard tube to protect it in transit.

Cockpit Posters

We also have a range of cockpit poster. These posters are available as prints and digital downloads.

Aircraft Profile Print

Short Stirling LK137

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    Cockpit posters are A0 (841 x 1189mm - 33.1 x 46.8inch) or A1 (594 x 841mm - 23.4 x 33.1 inch) Profiles are A3 (420 x 297mm high - 16.53 x 11.69inch) or A4 (297 x 210mm - 11.69 x 8.3inch) and printed on 220gsm gloss paper. Other media and sizes are available on request.

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    The digital download is available immediately on order completion. The download is in pdf format and is the same resolution as the print. The digital download comes free with the A3 print purchase.

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Cockpit Revolution has been developing cockpit posters for the last 5 years and are drawn by a Flight Engineer using his expertise in aircraft engineering and training.

All the posters are based upon the manufacturers documentation, visits to the aircraft and simulators and photographs.

The posters are drawn to no specific configuration, phase of flight or switch position. If you require a specific configuration, phase of flight or switch position then please contact us.