Russ Brown pointed out a nice video on my Facebook page after he'd seen today's post with the beautiful images of the Sunderland Flying Boats stationed on Islay during WW2. The short video shows the takeoff of a Short S.25 Sunderland Flying Boat.
The Short S.25 Sunderland was a British flying boat patrol bomber developed for the Royal Air Force by Short Brothers. Based in part upon the S.23 Empire flying boat, the flagship of Imperial Airways, the S.25 was extensively re-engineered for military service. It was one of the most powerful and widely used flying boats throughout the Second World War, and was involved in countering the threat posed by German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic. It took its name from the town (latterly, city) of Sunderland in northeast England.