Air International 1989-05
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C.Ashworth - The "Shack" ... Forty Years On - and Serving Still
Originally operated in Coastal Command's overall white finish with light slate grey upper surfaces, Shackletons of all marks later acquired an all-over dark sea grey finish, with a subsequent amendment to introduce a white top for the fuselage. The MR Mk 3 of No 206 Squadron shows the final colours, with red squadron codes.
Six Shackleton AEW Mk 2s remain in service with No 8 Squadron as this issue goes to press, pending the introduction of Boeing Sentry AEW Mk Is. By the time they retire. Shackletons will have served the RAF continuously for more than 35 years - approximately half the Service's own lifetime.
Shackleton из 35-й эскадрильи сняли с вооружения в ноябре 1984 года, торжественная церемония по данному поводу состоялась в аэропорте Малан Кейптауна. Полет строем выполнили три последних пригодных к полетам Shackleton.
Three of the eight Shackleton MR Mk 3s acquired by the South African Air Force in 1957. They were phased out of service in 1985.
A Shackleton MR Mk 3 Phase 3, showing the intakes extended, under the outer nacelles, for the Viper jet boost engines, and the ARI 18144 aerial plinth on the fuselage.
A production Shackleton MR Mk I in initial delivery configuration and finish. Early aircraft often operated, as shown here, without guns in the dorsal turret.
The original Shackleton prototype VW126 serving as an aerodynamic test vehicle for the MR Mk 2, with radome moved to the rear fuselage and redesigned nose and tail.
Also at "Lossie" are the Avro Shackleton AEW.2s of No. 8 Squadron; WL757 illus in 1986.
First of the three Shackleton prototypes, VW126, showing the nose barbette guns and the chin radome. Provision was also made for air-to-air refuelling using the hose and grapple method, through a point under the tail turret.
The Shackleton MR Mk 2 WB833, produced by modifying an MR Mk IA during production, showing the radome extended.
First of the three Shackleton prototypes, VW126, showing the nose barbette guns and the chin radome. Provision was also made for air-to-air refuelling using the hose and grapple method, through a point under the tail turret.
British Aerospace (Avro) Shackleton MR Mk 3