A study which compares theoretical predictions of experimental rotordynamic and leakage results is presented for short (L/D = 1/6) honeycomb and smooth annular pressure seals. A computer code used in this comparison has been developed from a theory that employs a perturbation analysis of the governing equations flow and uses Moody’s pipe friction relationship for the surface friction of the rotor and stator. This study was undertaken to investigate how well an existing code could predict these characteristics with input provided from recorded test data and independent flat-plate tests. The results examine the effect that the following independent test parameters have on the experimental measurements and theoretical predictions: inlet preswirl, rotor speed, inlet pressure, pressure ratio across seal, seal clearance, and honeycomb cell width. Experimental results show that leakage is reduced by decreasing the honeycomb cell width. Rotordynamically, the short seals are stabilizing over all test parameter ranges. However, the short seals did not perform as favorably as longer (L/D = 1/3) seals. In general, the theory overpredicts rotordynamic coefficients and leakage.