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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 position,
the Avro Shackleton, (named after the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton) was once a very new layout,
powered by means of 4 Rolls Royce Griffon fifty seven engines using six blade contra-rotating propellers.

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The engine fell away leaving the wing on fire, which led to part of the wing also breaking off – despite which the pilots were still able to ditch the machine. Unfortunately a heavy impact caused the fuselage to break apart and although a few crewmen were able to extricate themselves only three survived. Author’s collection First flown on 10 June 1953, WL789 was fitted with a magnetic anomaly detector in a tail boom (MAD boom) during July and August and arrived with ASWDU in September 1953 for MAD trials coded ‘F-D’.

2 nor, as related earlier, was it used by RAF Shackletons due to the introduction of Lindholme Gear. WL796 displays a less than distinct ‘Hawker Siddeley Group’ circular logo on its nose. Author’s collection With three pairs of props feathered, WL796 demonstrates its prowess at Farnborough. Author’s collection Following completion of Phase II modifications, WL796 was issued to 204 Squadron in May 1961 (coded ‘M’) with which it remained, despite any number of accidents, until transferred to 205 Squadron in October 1966.

WB850 displays the Squadron motif on its nose in a panel containing a winged Icelandic helmet (not to be confused with 228 Squadron which used a similar device) commemorating the time spent by the unit in Iceland in WWII. Below the motif is what appears to be the word Mjölner (pronounced myul-nir) – which is plausible given it is the name of Thor’s hammer, the Norse god from whom our Thursday is derived! Roger Lindsay and Author’s collection respectively. 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.

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