Air Enthusiast 1972-02
??? - The End of an Era
An interesting picture of the Ensign flagship G-ADSR over Southampton water, with the fabric covering of the wing behind the box spar clearly visible.
With the wing set at a positive angle of incidence on the fuselage, the Ensign adopted a distinct nose-down attitude in cruising flight, as shown clearly in this early photograph of the first aircraft.
Photographed at Hurn in 1946, G-ADTB displays the final form of finish and markings carried by Ensigns during the last few months of service in Africa and for their return to the UK for scrapping.
After its forced landing in French West Africa in 1942, G-AFZV, the final Ensign II, was taken to Dakar for repair by Vichy French personnel. There, the registration was changed to F-AFZV as a temporary expedient, but it later became F-BAHO after transfer to France.
The first Ensign taking shape at Hamble, showing the all-metal wing torsion box and the main undercarriage attachment.
The assembly line for front fuselages, with four aircraft in various stages of completion.
Problems with the original Tiger engines dogged the early operations of the Ensign fleet; all five in this picture were at Hamble with work going on to rectify the engine problems.