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Shorts SD330/360

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The Shorts 330, sometimes known as the Shed, is a stretched 30 seat version of the SC.7 Skyvan STOL utility transport, manufactured by Northern Ireland-based Short Brothers.

An engineering prototype of the SD330 flew for the first time on 22 August, 1974 while a production prototype flew on 8 July the following year. The SD330 entered service in August 1976, powered by two 1,173 shp PT6A-45 turboprops driving five blade constant speed Hartzell propellers.

The SD330 retains the Skyvan's square fuselage cross section and has a longer wingspan and fuselage. Two Pratt & Whitney PT6A turboprops drive five blade props, and fuel is contained in tanks located directly above the passenger cabin.

Production of the Shorts 330 ceased in September 1992.

The Shorts 360 is a stretched, 36 seat derivative of the SD330. Development was announced in 1980 and a prototype flew for the first time on 1 June, 1981. The first production SD360 flew in August 1982, certification was awarded on 3 September that same year and it entered service in November 1982.

The SD360 has a larger, swept tail unit mounted on a revised rear fuselage. It has a slightly greater wingspan than the SD330 and the extra 91cm of length reduces drag. Power is supplied by two 1,327 shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65R turboprops driving five blade constant speed Hartzell propellers.

Production ceased in 1991.

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