Sally's technical definition is a 'flying boat' because her main source of buoyancy, like a ship, comes from her hull/fuselage with small floats on each wing to stabilise her, unlike the other form of seaplane - the 'floatplane' which uses a normal aircraft fuselage with large floats slung underneath to support it on water. If we expand on this she can be termed an 'Amphibious Flying Boat' because she has fold-up landing gear on her fuselage, allowing her to land on runways as well as water.
Sally's tail-number is S-ALLY, a fictional sequence that would not be assigned to a real plane - any civil aircraft registered in the United States has a tail-number beginning with the letter "N". Her basis, however, is actually a British design - namely the Saro A.19 "Cloud" seaplane. This creates a continuity error, because the "Clouds" first took flight in 1930, years after her first appearance in Sunshine, which takes place in the 1920s.
Sally is painted grey with her name painted on her tail in black.
- Sunshine (VHS version only)
- Pirate (cameo)
- Regatta (does not speak)
- Jinxed (cameo)
- High Winds (deleted scene; mentioned in final cut)
Books and Annuals
- Loading Grain (does not speak)
- It is currently unknown where Sally Seaplane's original model is. However, a spare model known as "Phoenix" was sold by the original model-maker in September 2014 and went on display at the TUGS 25th Anniversary. In November 2016, a fund-raising campaign was carried out by the Star Tugs Trust to build a replica of her, made by her original model-maker. In August 2017, the replica model was unveiled at the Midland Railway, Butterley.