Aeroplane Monthly 1974-08
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How to write-off a Woodcock. The radial-engined remains belong to Hawker Woodcock II J7973, and the second party is a de Havilland D.H.9A. Fg Off Shipwright was injured in this accident. Only Nos 3 and 17 Squadrons had Woodcocks, and the type was in service as a night interceptor fighter from 1925 until 1928.
A sad case of Hartburn. The scorched remains of Armstrong-Whitworth-built Hawker Hart trainer K4907 at No 4 FTS, Abu Sueir, Egypt, about 1936. Every morning at 4.30 the duty pilot fired a Very cartridge to signal the simultaneous starting of all engines, and the instructors then took off en masse to carry out air tests prior to the day's routine of flying training. On this articular morning the chief instructor, demonstrating the use of the Very pistol to the duty pilot, scored a direct hit in K4907'rear cockpit.
An anonymous Avro-built Avro 504K tries its hand at cliff-hanging, probably at Swingate Down, Dover, about 1917-18. The RAF gentlemen posing for the cameraman at the foot of the cliff seen quite unconcerned about the mass of precariously-balanced machinery above them.
Fairey Gordon I, K2734, strikes oil. This aircraft belonged to No 47 (General Purpose) Squadron, RAF, based at Khartoum, and ended up like this after a night flight in 1937.
Blackburn Baffin S1660 was converted from a Ripon IIc, and is seen here at Malta after an unhappy landing. The Fleet Air Arm pennant number "74" on the fuselage side denotes that it was a torpedo bomber serving with 810, 811 or 812 Squadron in the Mediterranean Fleet. The photograph was taken in the mid-1930s.
Fairey IIIF Mk IIIB S1823, at Malta after a crash while serving with the Mediterranean Fleet in the late 1920s/early 1930s. The small device just in front of the pennant number and beneath the rear cockpit is probably a windmill driving a drogue-target winch. Several aircraft based at Halfar were so equipped for gunnery practice.
Vickers Vernon J7144 after nosing over during a visit to Hinaidi, Iraq, in the 1920s. This hardy bomber-transport aircraft gave good service in the Middle East at this time, perhaps the most well-known of its operations being the Cairo-Baghdad Air Mail run. This particular Vernon was one of two originally ordered as Vimy Ambulances.