Talk about SUF, well not so short (pun intended)
There's even a Short Singapore (earlier virant of the flying pontoon featured).
Short S.5, S.12 and S.19 Singapore
Twin-engined biplane flying boat. The Singapore III was the first all-metal flying boat of the RAF. It was powered by four engines in two tandem pairs between the wings. The Singapore I and II had been unsuccessful prototypes. A few were still in service at the outbreak of WWII. About 40 built.
Type: Singapore Mk.III
Year: 1935 Crew: 6 Engines: 4 * 560hp R.R. Kestrel VIII
Wing Span: 27.43m Length: 23.16m Height: 7.19m
Wing Area: 170.38m2
Empty Weight: 8355kg Max.Weight: 12475kg
Speed: 233km/h Ceiling: 4570m Range: 1610km
Four-engined, biplane, general reconnaissance flying boat with a crew of 6.
One of the mainstays of the RAF flying-boat squadrons at home and overseas in the years just before the war, the Singapore III was the last of a long series of Short biplane flying boats and the immediate predecessor of the Sunderland. The Singapore III was the final service version of a design which originated with the Singapore I (N 179) of 1926. The Singapore I was powered by twin 800-hp Rolls-Royce H 10 engines driving tractor airscrews, and differed also in having a single fin and rudder and a pronounced overhang on the top wing. A Singapore I was loaned by the Air Ministry to Sir Alan Cobham for his memorable 23,000 mile flight round Africa in 1927-28. In 1930 the Singapore II (N 246) appeared, this being the first version to mount the twin tandem engine lay-out so characteristic of the Mk. III.
The Singapore I did not go into production, but in August 1933 the Air Ministry ordered four development aircraft from Shorts to Spec. R 3/33 for trials at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment and with squadrons, these being the first Mk. IIIs. The first Mk. III (K 3592) flew on 15 June 1934. Production terminated with K 8859 in June 1937 after 37 had been built for the RAF. The five production batches were K 3592-3595, K 4577-4585, K 6907 - 6922, K 8565-8568 and K 8856-8859.
Singapores first entered service with No. 210 Squadron at Pembroke Dock in January 1935. First Singapores sent overseas were No. 230 Squadron's, to Alexandria in October 1935 and in Singapore from January 1937. In September 1937 Singapores on Nos. 209 and 210 Squadrons were sent to Malta to institute the special anti-piracy patrols as a protection for British shipping during the Spanish Civil War. Temporarily based in Algeria, they returned to England again in December 1937. Nineteen Singapore IIIs, by then in full camouflage war-paint, remained in service at the outbreak of war in 1939. No. 205 Squadron, based at Singapore, retained four Singapores on its strength until as late as October 1941 when it handed then over to the RNZAF.
General reconnaissance flying boat with a crew of 6. All-metal structure, metal hull and fabric-covered wings. Maker's designation, Short S. 19.
Manufacturers: Short Bros. (Rochester and Bedford) Ltd, Rochester, Kent.
Power Plant: Twin 675-h.p. Rolls-Royce Kestrel IX (DR) tractor and twin 675 h.p. Kestrel IX (DR) pusher.
Dimensions: Span 90 ft. Length, 64 ft. 2 in. Height, 23 ft. 7 in. Wing area, 1,834 sq. ft.
Weights: Empty, 20364 lb. Loaded, 32390 lb.
Performance: Maximum speed, 136 m.p.h. at 5,000 ft. Initial climb, 700 ft./min. Range 1,000 miles at 105 m.p.h. Endurance 6Â¼ hrs. Service ceiling, 15,000 ft.
Armament: Three Lewis guns in bows, amidships and tail positions. Bomb-load, 2,000 lb.