Air Pictorial 1955-12
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B.Robertson - British military serials - their origin and history (2)
K7054 was a Bristol Blenheim I delivered to No.90 (B) Squadron in June 1937. Consecutive numbering reveals th is to be the 22nd after the first production Blenheim K7033.
A new air-to-air study of the Fairey Gannet T.Mk.2 trainer - WN 365.
Only the serial number reveals that this Hawker Hurricane was Canadian-built, being one of 300 (AF945-AG344) produced by the Canadian Car and Foundry Co. As armament is not visible AG111 could be Mk. X, XI, XII or XIlA.
Top: TE199, a Spitfire LF.Mk.16 in 1948; glossy black overall with gilt trimmings; used by the then A.O.c. No. 21 Gp. Flying Training Comm. (Bottom) TE199 with additional tiny "M" number 6603M painted above, at the R.A.F. Fire School. Suttonon-Hull, June, 1955.
Re-shipped to Southern Rhodesia, this Harvard I N7095 can be traced by the serial to the 200 ordered in 1938 and delivered to th e U.K. in 1939.
One of the latest serial allocations (XD) is shown on this recent production Vickers Supermarine Swift FR.Mk.5 - XD904.
Stand ard serial positioning of the interwar years. Unusual is painting of serial K9738 on the black triangle device of No. 2 (A.C.) Squadron equipped with Hawker Hectors.