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 function,
the Avro Shackleton, (named after the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton) was once a totally new layout,
powered by means of 4 Rolls Royce Griffon fifty seven engines riding six blade contra-rotating propellers.
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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. 2, WG555 ‘N’ of 204 Squadron is seen in September 1964 at Finningley. 2s for the Beira patrol. (Reportedly five other Shackletons were also allocated: WL748, WL751, WL755, WL800 and WR961). A month later, on 1 April, 204 Squadron disbanded at Ballykelly, but on that day the MDSU was redesignated to become 204 Squadron at Honington. As the last maritime Shackleton squadron its duties, other than flying shipping-reconnaissance duties from Suffolk, included sending detachments to the Far East to take over 205 Squadron’s responsibilities (utilizing some ex-205 aircraft) after it disbanded in October 1971.
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! Seen at Khormaksar, Aden, WL797 ‘C’, had been allocated to 37 Squadron in April 1964 shortly after its Phase II modernisation.
During 1956, WR963 was recoded ‘M’. 2 with 8 Squadron at Lossiemouth. 2 WR964 was allocated to 204 Squadron and received the code ‘Q’. 2 standard and where it was photographed (from the road and outside of the boundary fence) still wearing 204 Squadron’s motif – plus extensive exhaust staining. Conversion completed, WR964 arrived with MOTU in May 1968 and became ‘Z’. At St Athan by mid-1970, it was struck off charge in late 1971 and scrapped at St Athan in 1978. 2 standard. In this image it can be seen that WR966 wears the Squadron’s badge and motif (on the tail).