She appears only briefly in a selected number of episodes and speaks only in the pilot episode, Sunshine.
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 1920's.
- Sunshine (speaks only in VHS Version)
- Regatta (does not speak)
- Jinxed (cameo)
- High Winds (deleted scene, mentioned in the final cut)
Books and Annual Stories
- Loading Grain (does not speak)
- It is currently unknown where Sally Seaplane's model is. However a spare model known as "Phoenix" was sold to The Star Tugs Trust from the original model-maker in September 2014, to go on display at the TUGS 25th Anniversary.