The Flying Shoebox - The Shorts Skyvan
While I did not see the program mentioned,
I did fly Shorts Skyvan Sc-7s in service of Summit Airlines
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1978-79. For the first
time since, I have recently located some photos, including
one of one of the aircraft in Summit livery, N10DA,
which I flew many times. Would appreciate information
anyone might have on obtaining a video of the program
mentioned. Am presently flying the B-777 for Continental
Robert Stetser (May 2004)
Unfortunately, there is no official
video of the programme on sale. What was the Shorts
Skyvan Sc-7 like to fly? - Editor
Ciaran Gorman - Feb '07
I grew up in South Belfast and remember the "cornflakes
box with wings" as we called it.
I flew in a few of them over the years as a passenger
and boy were they noisey. Hehe.
Shorts were world class in those days. My how things
I am the Internal Communications Adviser at Bombardier
Aerospace, Belfast (Shorts to you and me). After the
programme on the Skyvan, we asked people in the Company
for their views. Listed below are some of comments made.
Well done to the makers of the programme and to the
BBC for airing it. Many inside the Company like to reminisce
on the old times and the "old timers". It would be good
to see more of these types of programmes, don't you
Thoroughly enjoyable show. Congratulations to the BBC
on a very well made and informative programme. Let us
see more quality programmes about local firms and their
success stories. Too often we see the downside of Belfast
on television. This programme was a refreshing change
- a bit of positivity. Long may it continue.
I thought it was a real compliment to the expertise
of the Shorts workforce to see the Skyvans still being
used on a daily basis and in all weathers around the
globe. Just goes to show that years ago things were
made to last and last and last.
It was also lovely to hear the guy at the end say he
knew that the drawings were still in Belfast and that
he was looking for them to create a Skyvan that could
land on water. How high a compliment was that?
Many thanks to all at the BBC for a wonderful show.
Keep it up.
Excellent programme, I would have like to have heard
from the old timers who built the aircraft. I do remember
them being built and remember the operators who worked
on them. Sad that we no longer build a complete aircraft
but still have pride in the company.
Agreed - an excellent show.
The guy at the end is welcome to try putting floats
on a Skyvan, but after seeing the film of the water
tank testing, I wouldn't want to try a water landing!
It was great to see the programme as it brought back
memories of my very enjoyable times involved with the
Skyvan. It was great to see the engineers,service crews
and pilots again.
The Skyvan was and still is a great workhorse and a
credit to Shorts. Thanks to the BBC for the nostalgia
So good a job of marketing and promoting this programme
did you do, that I set my video to record this documentary
and even told one or two suppliers that it would be
on BBC1 last Thursday. Sad to say it was only screened
in N. Ireland and the poor community over the water
were not party to this production.
Can you please contact the BBC and ask them to screen
the show in England - or can you send me a video recording!
Maybe I can then hawk it round to the UK Suppliers to
tell them what a wonderful company Shorts is!
Generally excellent programme. Would like to see a series
on the other aircraft. Can Shorts help the guy who wants
to put floats on the plane? This would be very interesting.
An excellent programme, which should have been screened
nation-wide. How about a programme on the Belfast freighter,
which until recently, was still working hard for the
Heavylift airline. There is an excellent book on the
Belfast which could be a starting point for ideas for
a programme, and I know a lot of RAF & ex-RAF guys
who still have fond memories of the aircraft.
Or alternatively, the Canberra PRMk9, developed by Shorts
in the late 50's, early 60's - and still working hard
in Bosnia, Afghanistan and the Middle East 40 years
on, and with a suitable similar stable platform still
to be found! Oh why was the Design Authority handed
back to BAe?!!!
It's a pity Michael Ryan took the opportunity at the end of the show to slur
the current workforce by saying Shorts could no longer
make an entire aircraft.The skills are just about remaining
after the cuts he and his predecessor have implemented
but not for much longer I fear. (April 2004)