The site is under construction and there are still
some holes. Mind where you step now.
Welcome to Wings on Windermere
The Windermere flying boat
factory is one of the least recorded elements of World War II aviation history.
Short Brothers, who were based at Rochester in Kent, needed to expand production
but, because of the risk of bombing in the south of England, the two new
buildings planned for their Seaplane Works on the Medway, were contructed
on the shores of Windermere instead.
Aircraft production was started even before the factory was completed and
35 aircraft were built between 1942 and 1944. The factory was then converted
to specialise in the repair and conversion of battle damaged and worn out
aircraft and at least a further 25 airframes were refurbished.
Windermere has had a long history
of connections to aviation. The first flight from water in the UK took place
in 1911 from Windermere. The Lakes Flying School was where Short Brothers
chief test pilot John Lankester Parker earned his wings and the lake was
used for flying training by the RNAS during World War I.
This website records some of the history
of the factory, its aircaft and the people who worked there.