Short and Harland, Airport Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

The Short and Harland factory site in Belfast is now the home of Bombardier Aerospace. During World War Two it was a vital aircraft manufacturing firm.

Short and Harland

2 Airport Road


Co. Antrim


United Kingdom

Short and Harland Aircraft Factory in Belfast, Co. Antrim produced many of the Second World War's most iconic planes. Known for their Sunderland Flying Boat and the Short Stirling Bomber, the factory employed around 20,000 people.

As early as 1936, the Short and Harland plant were reequipping to manufacture 189 Handley Page Hereford bombers. On the Harland engineering side, the site produced tanks including the well-known Churchill design.

Short and Harland in the Belfast Blitz

Luftwaffe bombs fell on the Short and Harland factory during the Belfast Blitz. The incendiary and high-explosive devices caused severe damage on 7th-8th April 1941 during The Docks Raid.