This Tp47 (ex RCAF PBY-5A Canso A serial 9783) was shot down over the Baltic Sea on 16 June 1952 by a Russian AF aircraft during a search for a downed Royal Swedish AF Dakota. Photo obtained from the Swedish AF over 50 years ago.
Tomahawk IIB AK162 SY-N of 613 (City of Manchester) Squadron on a training flight soon after delivery to the unit. It served 613 based at Andover and Doncaster from 11.09.41 until 20.04.42 when it passed to 41 OTU. From the Squadron Association archive.
This image shows the 1945 layout at Squires Gate with the Vickers Amstrong factory at top right with 23 newly built Wellingtons scattered below it. Four black Bellman Hangars at top left are the base for No. 3 School of General Reconnaissance and 14 of their Ansons are scattered over the airfield.
Manchester University Air Squadron Tiger Moth on an air-to-air photo sortie near its base at Manchester Barton aerodrome. It served MUAS from November 1947 until replacement by Chipmunk T.10's in January 1951. Built by Morris Motors at Cowley in 1941. Sold in 1953 becoming G-AOEG. Photo obtained from a MUAS pilot over 50 years ago.
Royal Air Force Transport Command Comet C.4 on a high altitude test flight shortly after it first flew from Hatfield on 15 November 1961. Deliverd on 1 June 1962 and served with 216 Squadron based at Lyneham until retirement in July 1975. Later to Dan-Air as G-BDIT. From DH 50 years ago.
"Ariadne" was delivered to BOAC on 29 March 1949 and used on flights to Africa and the Far East. Sold to East African as VP-KOY in February 1959. Later OY-AFC with Flying Enterprise. Obtained from Canadair over 50 years ago.
Delivered to LAV on 21 August 1957 and used on routes to USA and Latin America until sale in 1963 to Flying Tigers as N9746Z, later N173W. Wrecked in a crash at Casey, Quebec, on 9 June 1973. Obtained from Lockheed 50 years ago.
Air France's first Comet 1A is prepared for delivery at De Havillands factory at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The aircraft was delivered to AF on 12 June 1953. After the Comet crashes it was stored in April 1954 and later became G-AOJT. Its fuselage is preserved at London Colney, Herts.
Built in July 1941 for Penn Central. Impressed by USAAF as C-49H 42-38328 in March 1942. Returned to Penn Central in July 1944. Absorbed by Capital in April 1948 and named "Capitaliner Morgantown" Sold in August 1950. From Capital 60 years ago.
A line-up at Bristol's Weston factory of 11 of the 50 Sycamores delivered to the German Navy during 1957/59. SC+201 was later re-serialled 7820 in the current series. Obtained from Bristols 50 years ago.