Air Pictorial 2000-05
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K.Saunders - Heron: fifties feederliner
One of the Royal Navy’s Sea Heron liaison aircraft banking over the Dorset coast.
One of three later Heron conversions: the Lycoming-engined Riley Heron
Prototype G-ALZL before the tailplane was given dihedral.
Delivered to French airline, UAT, in April 1953, the 13th production Srs IB, F-BGOJ, finally ended up at Norwich and was scrapped in March 1974.
The clean lines of the design are shown to advantage in this view of the Heron Series 2 prototype, G-AMTS.
Before its final days as a Saunders ST-27, XM295 began life as a Queen’s Flight Heron C Mk.4 in 1958.
One of three later Heron conversions: the 23-seater PT6-powered Saunders ST-27
One of three later Heron conversions: the sole partially-pressurised ST-28 of 1974
A sales brochure illustration of the Heron Series 2 showing the standard 14-seat cabin layout. This retractable undercarriage version had a 20 mph increase in speed over the fixed-gear Series IB.