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UK Avro Shackleton September 2015

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Heard of this place years ago, as I was close by I popped in. This place used to be full of derelict airplanes and helicopters. I was quickly joined by a chap and his two big dogs (the owner), luckily he and the dogs were friendly. He told me the area has got CCTV due to the continuing theft of seats and general materials. I convinced him I only had a camera and not a bag of tools, he left me to it after a chat :)

Some history shamelessly taken from wiki.....

The Avro Shackleton was a British long-range maritime patrol aircraft used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the South African Air Force (SAAF). It was developed by Avro from the Avro Lincoln bomber, itself being a development of the famous wartime Avro Lancaster bomber. It was replaced by Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft in the 1970s. The aircraft was also adapted for airborne early warning (AEW) roles within the RAF, replaced by the Boeing E-3 Sentry in 1990. The type is named after the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Entering service with the RAF in 1951, the Shackleton was used primarily in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) roles; it also became used as a search and rescue (SAR) platform and for performing several other secondary roles such as being a troop-transport. In later life, a small number of the RAF's Shackletons were subsequently adapted for airborne early warning (AEW) duties, performing in this capacity until the type's retirement in 1991. The Shackleton was also procured by South Africa, and was operated by the SAAF between 1957 and 1984.

The intention to retire the Shackleton was thwarted by the need to provide AEW coverage in the North Sea and northern Atlantic following the withdrawal of the Fleet Air Arm's Fairey Gannet aircraft used in the AEW role in the 1970s. As an interim replacement, the existing AN/APS-20 radar was installed in modified Shackleton MR 2s, redesignated the AEW 2, as an interim measure from 1972. These were operated by No. 8 Sqn, based at RAF Lossiemouth. All 12 AEW aircraft were given names from The Magic Roundabout and The Herbs TV series.[16] The intended replacement, the British Aerospace Nimrod AEW3, suffered considerable development difficulties which culminated in the Nimrod AEW 3 being cancelled in favor of an off-the-shelf purchasing of the Boeing E-3 Sentry, which allowed the last Shackletons to be retired in 1991.

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Thanks for looking guys and gals

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Quite cool to see, always wonder how planes like this come to be left to rot in fields, there seems to be a fair few up and down the country. Nicely shot. :thumb

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long marston right?? got a few from here but never done a report, might have to chuck one up, unfortunately i missed the days when it was loaded with a couple of choppers and fair few smaller planes aswell. nice set dude cool to see on here :D

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long marston right?? got a few from here but never done a report, might have to chuck one up, unfortunately i missed the days when it was loaded with a couple of choppers and fair few smaller planes aswell. nice set dude cool to see on here :D

Yeah, was a bit late here. Only this left, wasn't sure to put a report up. Something a little different :)

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