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 well-known wartime Lancaster which observed post-war provider in a General/Maritime Reconnaissance position,
the Avro Shackleton, (named after the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton) used to be a very new layout,
powered by way of 4 Rolls Royce Griffon fifty seven engines riding six blade contra-rotating propellers.

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The extended nose featured a look-out position on its upper front section from where the two nose guns were operated remotely, while below it, a prone bomb aimer’s position was provided with a (nearly) V-shaped, optically flat, front windscreen. The ASV 13 radar was moved much further aft to permit (with radome extended) a full 360° sweep that also made the equipment itself less vulnerable to bird strike than was the case with a chin-mounted unit. The extended fuselage aft of the tail now included a transparent tail cone to provide a rear observation post for a prone crewman.

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. Having left 205 Squadron for Phase III modifications in 1966/67, WL741 returned to 205 in November 1967 when its code changed from ‘H’ to ‘F’, as seen here.

Upon arrival it received the code ‘B’ which was retained, along with its 205 Squadron markings when this aircraft was transferred to 204 Squadron in late 1971. Returned to the UK in early 1972, WR952 was scrapped in 1973. 2, WR959, was taken between 1956 and 1958 when it was recoded ‘W’ and by which time the unit had ceased using their old code ‘L’ in favour of the Squadron number. Points of interest include the fuselage roundel outlined in white, while a lighter shade of paint has been applied to the upper surface of the nose.

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