The Short 360 is an unpressurised commuter airliner designed and built by Short Brothers in Belfast. Powered by two Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-65AR turboprops, it was designed to fly short routes up to 1,595 kilometres (991 miles) in length.
Designed as a larger version of the Short 330, it first flew on 1 June 1981 and entered service in November 1982 with Suburban Airlines in the USA. With seating for up to 36 passengers, it proved a popular niche aircraft for many airlines.
Short 360 Video
Following on from the last video about the Antonov An-225 Mriya, this week we head over to Northern Ireland for a look at the Short 360. The video below runs for under three minutes and shows a take-off at St. Kitts in the Caribbean.
Its short take off and landing characteristics are quite evident. There is also another video here, running for about two minutes, created in the 1980s. It is a brief look at the cabin of the aircraft, plus the interesting cockpit door layout. I have never seen that style anywhere else.
The unusual square fuselage has resulted in some disparaging nicknames for the Short 360 over the years. The flying box or the flying shoebox are ones you will commonly see bandied around. You can kind of see why!
There were 165 Short 360s produced during its 10 year production run from 1981 to 1991. It saw service around the world, with airlines such as Sunstate in Australia (operating for Australian Airlines then Qantas), Aer Lingus, British Midland, Manx, Olympic Airways, TACA, Philippine Airlines, Thai Airways, Allegheny Commuter, US Airways Express, United Express and American Eagle among others.
Today the Short 360 is in service with mainly cargo airlines. Air Cargo Carriers out of Milwaukee operate “the world’s largest fleet of Short Brothers aircraft”, with something like 15 in service. Transair Cargo in Hawaii operate five and there are a smattering of others around the world.
Have you ever flown on board a Short 360 before? What was it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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