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Video showing Avro Shackleton MR.3 Taking-off during the Open Day on 6Jun59.

Avro Shackleton:

Designed in 1946 to meet a requirement for a new, very long-range maritime patrol aircraft for RAF Coastal Command, the Avro Type 696 Shackleton (originally designated Lincoln ASR.3) flew for the first time on 9 March 1949.   The Avro Shackleton was the first British aircraft to be fitted with contra-rotating propellers, and the first of 77 production Shackleton MR.1s entered service with No 120 Squadron at Kinloss, Scotland in April 1951.   The Shackleton MR.2 had a ventral radome, while the MR.3 had a redesigned wing, wingtip tanks and a tricycle undercarriage.   [This is the version in the film clip].   The MR.3 was later fitted with Armstrong Siddeley Viper turbojets in the outboard engine nacelles, being designated MR.3 Phase 3.   Shackletons were supplied to the South African Air Force and the type was to serve in the early warning role with No 8 Squadron RAF as the AEW.3.
MR.3: Crew 10-13; Powerplant: four 2,455 hp Rolls Royce Griffon 57A V-12 liquid-cooled engines; Performance: Max speed 302 mph; Range 4,215 miles; Service ceiling 20,000ft.   Dimensions: wingspan 119ft 10ins, length 87ft 4in, height 23ft 4in.   Weight: 100,000lb loaded.   Armament: two 20mm cannon in nose position (later deleted); various internal loads.
(Thanks to "The Encyclopedia of Aircraft" by Robert Jackson).

There is no sound with this clip.   This clip runs for 10 secs.

(Thanks to Wilf Zucht for original film.)
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