Avro Shackleton

The last gasp of the design process that began with the Avro Manchester, the Shackleton ended up serving the RAF until the early 1990s, marking some fifty-plus years of service by four-engined Avro aircraft.

The Shackleton was designed in response to an early postwar need for a maritime patrol aircraft – this was originally known as the Lincoln 3, but emerged with an entirely new fuselage design – the Lincoln wings were kept, but with Griffon 57/57A engines mounted.

GR.1/MR.1: Initial variant, first flown in March 1949. Heavy defensive armament in the form of nose and dorsal turrets, each with a pair of 20mm cannon and two .50-cal MGs in a tail position.

MR.1A: Griffon 57As in all nacelles

MR.2: Revised nose, ventral radome, and with the tail guns deleted

MR.3: Considerably revised model with tricycle gear, altered wing, no dorsal turret, and with the capability to carry rockets underwing. Viper turbojets were later fitted in the outboard nacelles for supplemental thrust on takeoff.



Avro Shackleton Bibliography:
Photo: Shackletons nearing completion, including VW135   Flight  27 April 1950 p.527
Chris Ashworth “The ‘The Shack’…Forty years On – and Serving Still”  Air International May 1989  Includes close-ups of the 1st aircraft’s nose (with barbette guns), MR Mk 3 cutaway, MR Mk 1 and Mk3 3-views, MR Mk2 and AEW.3 side-view diagrams
Photo: “Shackleton Concerns”   FlyPast January 1998 p.19   AEW.2 WL757
Photo: Shackleton N790WL Mr. McHenry   FlyPast May 1999 p.112
"New Home for Cornwall's Shackleton"   FlyPast  March 2016  p.7  WL795 partially dissambled for move.
Peter J. Howard Avro (Hawker Siddely) Shackleton Mks 1 to 4  Aircraft in Profile Series
Highlights: Prototype VW126; MR Mk 1 & 2 cutaway illustrations;Color 5-view of Shackleton Mk.3 XF707; Napier Nomad mockup installed on a Shackleton; Color profiles include WR972 of the RAE, South African Air Force #1720, T.2 WR967
Gerry Manning   Military Aircraft of the 1970s  photos: AEW.2s WR960 and WR965; MR.3 WR972 of the RAE  p.108-109

Kenneth Munson  Pageant of the Air  p.133: Shackleton WR970 in flight

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