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Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 4 x 895kW Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90B Twin Wasp
Speed: 343 kph, 213mph mph
Range: 4,330km, 2,691miles
Seats: 10
Length: 26.0m, 85ft 4in
Span: 34.38m, 10ft 10in
Empty Weight: 16 738kg, 36,900lb
Max T/O Weight: 29 484kg, 65,000lb
Period of Service: 1945 - 1957

Weapons:
None specified

Squadrons:
None specified

Attrition:
3 incidents recorded

Sunderland GR-5

Status: Retired
Manufacturer: Shorts
Country of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Role: Maritime patrol
 
Description:

Following the end of the Second World War, Britain offered it's Commonwealth air forces a gift of surplus aircraft in recognition of their role during the war. This included 12 Sunderland Mk Vs, while a further three were purchased to retain the fifteen aircraft compliment that was already serving with 35 Squadron.


Images:

Sunderland 1706 O-RB at Congella, Durban. Sunderland 1712 J-RB at Congella, Durban. Sunderlands at Congella, Durban. Sunderland 1710 'D'. Sunderland V of 35 Squadron at Langebaan.