Scion Floatplane G-AEZF
The Scion Floatplane G-AEZF one of only 22 of its type, was built by Shorts in 1933. It saw service in Africa and Australia before returning to Shorts at Rochester to be converted into a land plane. It was then used to carry six passengers on various flights such as from Rochester to Southend and Rochester to Ramsgate. After decommissioning the aircraft was stored in various museums around the country both inside and outside allowing to rapidly deteriorate. Coming to the notice of MAPS, an agreement was reached whereby the fuselage and wings were moved from Redhill and brought to Rochester Airport on June 13, 2013. The full restoration will last for three or four years after which it will become the flagship of MAPS, Rochester Airport and Medway.
UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF THE SHORT SCION.
Now beginning to look like a real aeroplane, work is progressing on the fuselage and the wings of this unique aircraft. At the rear end of the fuselage a re-constructed fin is now in place whilst at the other end the cockpit has a temporary frame of thin plywood. This is in place in order to determine the correct profile for the cockpit frame. MAPS has been successful in acquiring a Pobjoy engine which will be arriving in the workshop within the next few weeks.
Work is also on-going on the starboard wing. The rear spar has been completed with the salvaged bracing tubes at the inboard end and replacement bracing tubes at the outboard end riveted in place. With certain parts missing or beyond restoration, much has had to be manufactured from new, something that is very time consuming. However it appears that the work is on schedule and it is hoped that by the end of 2016 the restoration will have reached the halfway stage.
Visitors are welcome to view the progress on the Scion.
Scion II G-AEZF arrived at Rochester Airport on a low loader in June 2013 after being in storage for many years at Redhill Airport. The aircraft is the subject of a long term restoration by MAPS to static condition and will eventually be sited on the airport as the flagship of the society.
The aircraft served in its civilian role in Africa for many years before being returned to the UK and converted to a land-based aircraft at Shorts on Rochester Airport. It served with No. 24 EFTS during wartime after which it flew regular flights between Rochester and Southend. It ended its flying days when it became an exhibit with the Historic Aircraft Society at Southend eventually falling into disrepair and then being moved to Redhill.
Once restored G-AEZF will be a visible reminder of a great aircraft manufacturing company that for many years was the pride of Medway.
Our Scion Floatplane built at Rochester Airport by Short Brothers is being restored thanks to the Rochester Bridge Trust. The Trust, one of the old charities in the country, has awarded MAPSl team of volunteers a substantial grant to allow the continued restoration of this iconic aircraft.