During 'Flying in the Evening Air', at the Shuttleworth Trust, Old Warden. These are evocative occasions when only in the still evening summer air is it possible for such fragile aircraft as the Blackburn Monoplane to fly safely, in gentle circuits of the airfield.
Just after take-off this aircraft suffered a hydraulic failure such that the starboard main gear locked up but the port main gear was locked down. The pilot spent over a hour trying to free the gear including several attempts to bounce the aircraft off the runway as in this shot. All efforts failed and the aircraft was abandoned over the Irish Sea. The pilot was picked up safely by a Sea King after less than 5 min in the water.
A regular visitor of Miami's international airport, taxiing to the cargo ramp under the hot Florida sun. During the late 1980s TAN operated two Electras into Miami, HR-TNL and this one. TNL was lost when it crashed into a mountain in March 1990, but TNT soldiered on (later as HR-SHN of SAHSA). In April 1997 it was sold to Conair in Canada as C-FZCS and was converted to water bomber. By 2017 it still served in that role in Canada with Air Spray, fighting forest fires as Tanker 87.