Aeroplane Monthly 1977-06
B.Turpin - The Tudor family (1)
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.
BSAA’s Tudor 4 G-AHNK Star Lion, the airline’s flagship, seen during its first test flight on September 29, 1947.
Tudor 4 G-AHNK Star Lion at a later date. ’NK was finally reduced to spares at Ringway in 1953.
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 4s on the line at Woodford in 1947
The prototype Tudor 2 with lengthened fin and rudder and other modifications.
The Avro Tudor II Airliner (four 1,740 h.p. Rolls-Royce Merlin 621 engines).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tudor I G-AGRl was used as a freighter on the Berlin Airlift and later became XF739 with Air Charter Ltd.
BSAA's Tudor 5 G-AKCC, Star Swift, later passed to William Dempster Ltd and was damaged beyond repair at Bovingdon in October 1951.