Aeroplane Monthly 1977-07
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B.Turpin - The Tudor family (2)
The third Mk 3 Ashton, WE670, flew on bomb ballistics research at RAE Orfordness in 1952 and later flew for Napiers and Rolls-Royce.
The Ashton Mk 2 WB491 resided at RAE Farnborough for a number of years, engaged on cabin pressurisation and temperature control test work and later served as an engine test bed for the Rolls-Royce Avon and Conway engines amongst others.
Mk 3 Ashton WB492 was delivered to the Telecommunications Research Establishment at Defford in 1952 for radar bombing research.
Tudor 2 XF537, alias VX202 and G-AGRY, took up the serial number XF537 for trooping flights during 1953-54.
The second prototype Mk I Tudor, G-AGST, after conversion to Mk 8 and bearing the serial VX195, seen at the 1948 SBAC Show at Farnborough.
The first Avro 706 Ashton, WB490, first flew on September 1, 1950, and spent most of its life at Boscombe Down.
Air Charter's Super Trader 4B G-AHNl Trade Wind, with freight doors open. This aircraft, formerly a Tudor 4, flew with BSAA as Star Olivia.
A trio of Tudors, with two Air Charter Super Trader 4Bs in the foreground.
A close look at the freight doors of the Super Trader 4B Trade Wind G-AHNI of Air Charter Ltd.
Air Charter's Super Trader 4B G-AHNO Conqueror seen at Kai Tak 1958-9. This aircraft was scrapped at Stansted in August 1959.
Avro 688 Tudor IV