Public pressure resulted in the British government's return to funding Schneider trophy entries from the public purse, and the 1927 entries were sponsored around two different engine types. The Bristol Mercury engine design was placed under the guidance of Colonel W.A. Bristow, who subsequently subcontracted airframe detail design of this low-wing, wooden racing floatplane to Short. The Crusader was not as fast as its Supermarine S.5 counterparts that won the race in Italy, but it travelled to the event as a back-up aircraft. Unfortunately, it was written off in an accident. Although not a landmark aircraft, the Crusader was important in developing the Mercury engine, a key component of 1930s British flying boats.
Engine: 1 x 810hp Bristol Mercury 9-cylinder air-cooled radial
Wingspan: 8.07 m / 27 ft 6 in
Length: 7.62 m / 25 ft 0 in
Max take-off weight: 1227 kg / 2705 lb
Max. speed: 435 km/h / 270 mph