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 provider in a General/Maritime Reconnaissance function,
the Avro Shackleton, (named after the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton) used to be a very new layout,
powered through 4 Rolls Royce Griffon fifty seven engines using six blade contra-rotating propellers.
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Seen between periods of accident repair, WL796 sits at Waddington in September 1964 displaying a full Squadron badge (not a motif) incorporating a cormorant perched on a mooring buoy – as inspired by a photo taken by a certain Aircraftman Shaw (aka Lawrence of Arabia). Author’s collection Waddington, September 1964. Transferred to 205 Squadron in October 1966, WL796 served in the Far East for a year before returning to the UK and disposal at Shawbury from November 1967. Newark Air Museum Curiously, a ‘wayward pixel’ on the negative managed to alter WL797’s serial into a spurious ‘WL737’; fortunately the underwing serial is large enough to be unaffected by a single errant speck!
2 Phase III airframes, the discernible external changes included the fitting of a new four-aperture, line-abreast flare dispenser on the starboard side of the fuselage, and cabin heaters adjacent to the radome. 2 which first flew on 17 June 1952. Several years of trials followed with various establishments before it was assigned to the ASWDU (coded ‘B’) in November 1960 for service trials. Following further modifications WB833 was allocated to 210 Squadron at the end of 1966 and received the code ‘T’.
7, Spitfire 19 and a Harvard. 2s were operated alongside the earlier versions. 2s after only a relatively short time – which helps explain several of the seemingly abundant ‘irregularities’ observed in Appendix 1. 2 unit, 204 Squadron, disbanded in 1972. 2 as well, one of the more uncomfortable being high levels of resonance created by the contra-rotating propellers that left crewmen fatigued and with a continual ringing in their ears. 3, one it was hoped would tackle and solve the issues of crew comfort as well as addressing other areas in which improvements were called for.
Avro Shackleton by Neil Robinson, Martin Derry