As I commented in my previous Short Sturgeon post, the Short company found themselves with a promising airframe in search of a role to fulfil. This hideous contraption was conceived for the M.6/49 light anti-submarine aircraft requirement -it was in fact the only contender. Short reengined their Sturgeon with two 1,147 hp AS Mamba turboprops and, horror of horrors, a monstrous nose affair with the radar in its “chin” and a pair of radar operator above. The first of the two prototypes took flight in Dec. 1950 and proved that it wasn’t only ugly in appearance: its Mamba engined jet exhauts made the S.B.3 highly unstable. The project was soon cancelled.
Well, at least it became as ugly as its fishy namesake.