Avro Shackleton by Neil Robinson, Martin Derry

By Neil Robinson, Martin Derry

Четырёхмоторный патрульный противолодочный самолёт Королевских ВВС Великобритании,
разработанный компанией Авро на базе бомбардировщика Второй мировой войны Авро Линкольн.
Модификации MR.1, MR.2, AEW.2, MR.3

Initially projected as a maritime reconnaissance model of the Lincoln bomber, itself a improvement
of the recognized wartime Lancaster which observed post-war carrier in a General/Maritime Reconnaissance position,
the Avro Shackleton, (named after the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton) was once a totally new layout,
powered via 4 Rolls Royce Griffon fifty seven engines riding six blade contra-rotating propellers.

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1A, WB851 ‘G-Y’, from the Ballykelly-based Joint Anti-Submarine School (JASS) Flight which was formed for the purpose of practising anti-submarine tactics. ) The Flight was commanded jointly by RN and RAF personnel while its Shackletons were distinctively marked – with twin black bands on their outer wings and a single, broader, stripe around the fuselage near to mid-point. Author’s collection First flown on 12 December 1951, WB851 was delivered to JASS Flight in March 1952 where it remained until transferred to 269 Squadron who operated it for a year from September 1954 until September 1955.

However, the work was halted and it was SOC early the following year and scrapped. The white disc on the nose is the Squadron motif incorporating a heron in flight, a bird that rarely misses its mark and one that will fight if attacked and relates to the unit’s earlier history as a bomber squadron. 2, WL741 ‘F’, showing signs of having been to New Zealand or at least in contact with RNZAF personnel. In addition, albeit hard to appreciate, WL741 has whitepainted upper wing surfaces extending to the wing tip.

The Squadron motif, consisting of crossed trident and kris (sword), represent the unit’s naval origins as well as its association with Malaya. 2 WL750. Presuming the letter ‘T’ represents a squadron code and not the aircraft then it’s likely that this image dates from between July 1954 and June 1955, the only period in which WL750 was operated by 204 Squadron. Though 220 Squadron also used the code ‘T’, WL750 was never issued to that unit. 2, WL751 ‘B-L’, 224 Squadron. This aircraft served with the unit from May 1953 until January 1959 when WL751 was dispatched to the manufacturer for Phase I modifications.

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