(Rochester and Bedford)
1914 Tilling Stevens TS3 Petrol Electric with 1908 Short Brothers Bus Body
Coach builders of Rochester, Bedford and London.
1916 Short Brothers concentrated on the construction of heavier-than-air aeroplanes in the Isle of Sheppey/Rochester area, whilst balloon and dirigible construction was concentrated at Cardington. The housing estate built by the company in Cardington to house its employees still bears the name Shortstown.
1919 The Short Brothers partnership was incorporated as Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford)Limited with Oswald Short as chairman and joint managing director
1919 Nationalisation ended the Short Brothers’ involvement with the airship company, which became the Royal Airship Works.
1920 Leyland N Type Short Brothers (1928 rebody)
1927 1124Fl-Short Brothers Flying Boat
1927 Dennis 30 cwt. Short Bros. Single Decker
1928 SOS QLC Short Bros Ch29 new 1928 Gateshead c
1929 Inside 0515Loco-Short Brothers
1930 Tilling Stevens B10A2 ‘Express’, Short Bros. bodied Single Decker
1930 Shorts Brothers-Singapore MKII-Flying Boat
1931 AEC Regent Short Brothers H26-24R RV-719
1931-built Dennis 30cwt (1.5 ton) bus fitted with Short Brothers body for King Alfred Motor Services
1932 Oswald became sole managing director on Eustace Short‘s death
1935 Public company incorporated; principally involved in manufacture of large flying boats for civil and military purposes
1936 Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) and Harland and Wolff agreed to form a new company to build aircraft in Belfast; Shorts would own 60 percent of the company; the shares would be distributed to existing shareholders. The company was named Short and Harland.
1938 First flight of the innovative Short-Mayo composite aircraft.
20 July: The first “heavier than air” commercial crossing of the North Atlantic took place using the Short-Mayo composite – Imperial Airways‘s Short S20 floatplane G-ADHJ was launched from the Short S21 flying boat G-ADHK near Foynes and flew non-stop to Montreal, a distance of 2,930 miles in 20 hours 20 minutes. The return flight was via the Azores and Lisbon.
1939 Established Kent Alloys Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary, to handle the company’s activities in non-ferrous metal casting
1937 Aero-Short Bros
1939 1215 Aero-Short Bros
1943 Company nationalized; after much delay it was decided that the price should be the mid-market price before the announcement but many shareholders disputed this and went to arbitration.
1946 The arbitrator decided a much higher price would have been appropriate but this was overturned on appeal
1947 Decided to concentrate its activities at Belfast. Short and Harland Ltd changed their name to Short Brothers and Harland and decide to acquire parts of Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) which was then liquidated. Oswald Short became Life President of the new company.
1934 AEC Regent built with a conventional double deck body by the Short Brothers
1934 Leyland Tiger TS6T AUF-851Short Bros B40C
1945 Short Bros – Northern Coachbuilders H56R