Aeroplane Monthly 1977-06
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B.Turpin - The Tudor family
The colour plate, depicting Tudor G-AGRX, was taken on April 26, 1947.
The unmarked prototype Tudor I, G-AGPF, during an early flight. S. A. Thom and J. Orrell made the first flight from Ringway on June 14, 1945.
The first production Tudor I, G-AGRC, seen with original fin and rudder, was first flown on January 12, 1946. It was scrapped at Woodford in December 1948.
The prototype Tudor bearing both its civil registration and the RAF serial number TT176, used during its trials at Boscombe Down. This aircraft became VX192 with the Ministry of Supply in 1949, and was scrapped at Woodford in December 1950.
The prototype Tudor I, G-AGPF, with modified fin and rudder, lengthened engine nacelles and shortened oleo legs.
The fourth production Tudor I, G-AGRF, named Elizabeth of England by HRH Princess Elizabeth at a ceremony at London Airport on January 21, 1947. After conversion to Tudor IV standard in 1948 ’RF was sold to BSAA and later to Aviation Traders.
Tudor I G-AGRl was used as a freighter on the Berlin Airlift and later became XF739 with Air Charter Ltd.
BSAA’s Tudor 4 G-AHNN, Star Leopard, was later flown by the Ministry of Civil Aviation until reduced to spares at Southend in 1953.
BSAA’s Tudor 4 G-AHNK Star Lion, the airline’s flagship, seen during its first test flight on September 29, 1947.
The first Tudor 4 to be completed was G-AHNJ, which first flew at Woodford on April 9, 1947. After brief service on BSAA’s London-Bermuda routes ’NJ, in company with other Tudor 4s, was relegated to freighting duties and finally reduced to spares at Ringway in 1953.
Tudor 4 G-AHNK Star Lion at a later date. ’NK was finally reduced to spares at Ringway in 1953.
Tudor 4s on the line at Woodford in 1947
Avro Tudor 5 G-AKCA, Star Hawk, in BSAA colours. In 1953 the aircraft was lent to Lome Airways of Canada and was registered CF-FCY.
BSAA's Tudor 5 G-AKCC, Star Swift, later passed to William Dempster Ltd and was damaged beyond repair at Bovingdon in October 1951.
The prototype Tudor 2 with lengthened fin and rudder and other modifications.
The prototype Tudor II, G-AGSU, before the fitting of an enlarged rudder and extension of the inner engine nacelles. It was in this aircraft that Avro’s chief designer Roy Chadwick and Chief test pilot S. A. Thom were killed on August 23, 1947.
The prototype Tudor 2 in its final form, seen shortly before its tragic crash at Woodford on August 23, 1947.
The sole Tudor 7 was G-AGRX, originally the first production Tudor 2. It was powered by four 1,715 h.p. Bristol Hercules 120 radial engines, and first flew on April 17, 1947.