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Short Silver Streak

Silver Streak
Role Experimental all-metal biplane
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Short Brothers
First flight 1920
Number built 1

The Short Silver Streak was the first British all-metal aircraft.[1] Designed and built by Short Brothers at Rochester, Kent, England.[1] Although Flight magazine claimed that is was the first instance of stressed skin construction in the world,[2] it was preceded by a number of Dornier designs, including the Dornier-Zeppelin D.I, which was ordered into production.[3][4]


The Silver Streak was a single-seat biplane with a semi-monocoque duralumin fuselage and duralumin covered wings.[1] It had a conventional landing gear and was powered by a 240 hp (179 kW) Siddeley Puma engine.[1] The Silver Streak was exhibited in July 1920 at Olympia in London.[1] Registered G-EARQ, it was first flown at Grain on the 20 August 1920 by test pilot J.L. Parker.[1] It was later modified as a two-seater and delivered to the Air Ministry in February 1921 for both flight and static testing.[1] The Air Ministry issued a specification for a two-seat reconnaissance biplane and Shorts produced the Springbok based on the Silver Streak.


Data from [1]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 1 (later 2)
  • Length: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
  • Wing area: 370[5] ft2 (34.4 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1865 lb (846 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2870 lb (1302 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Siddeley Puma 6-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engine, 240 hp (179 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 120 mph (193 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 90 mph (145 km/h)
  • Range: 450[5] miles (723 km)

See also

Related development



  • "Shorts Silver Streak, all metal aeroplane" FLIGHT, November 10, 1921, complete 3 view photos of Silver Streak, bottom half of page 736


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