Built by Short brothers, the Stirling was a four engined bomber in use at the start of World War II. It had a relatively short service life as a bomber, from 1941 to 1943 when it was replaced by the Halifax and Lancaster. It was then used to spread chaff, mines and decoys.
When built it had better payload and range than anything else flying, but some structural issues such as a divided bomb bay meant that it lacked the versatility to adapt to changing requirements. No Short Stirlings survive.