Shorts’ little airliner of the 1930s was not built in large numbers, but made its mark with several companies on short-haul flights with low passenger numbers — and even in air races
The Scion was designed for single-pilot operation and seated five passengers, but a sixth tip-up seat could be installed in what could be classed as an early feederliner. It had a welded steel fuselage and metal wings of robust construction, it was all fabriccovered, and powered by two 75hp Pobjoy R engines. The design was intended to enable easy maintenance, this being particularly useful in less developed countries, while flying costs would be economical. A target purchase price was £2,500.