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Avro Shackleton MR.2 WR963
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No: 13000   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Avro   Country: United Kingdom
Avro Shackleton MR.2 WR963

Newly repainted in white, its original 1954 RAF Coastal Command scheme. Photographed at the Air Atlantique Ltd's Airbase, Coventry Airport, on 22 May 2011.
This maritime reconnaissance aircraft first flew on March 11, 1954 and entered service with Gibraltar-based 224 Sqn that October. It was retired in July 1991 as a Shackleton AEW.2 from 8 Sqn at RAF Lossiemouth, having flown 15,483 hours and made its last flight into Coventry on July 9, 1991.
At the time of the photograph, the number two engine was suffering from camshaft problems, but will be repaired, and in the meantime the other three engines are fit to run.
Picture added on 02 June 2011 at 09:51
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Airbase, Baginton, Coventry, United Kingdom
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Nice photo of '963. No 2 engine is NOT suffering camshaft issues as it is brand new! It is waiting for it's new propeller to be built then it will be running with the others.

We had camshaft wear issues on the other three engines during last season but these are now behind us.

Kind regards,

Rich Woods
Shackleton Preservation Trust

Added by Richard Woods on 17 June 2011.
Thank you, Richard, my information came from an enthusiast's web site, which shows they can't be trusted. Many thanks also to the staff at Airbase for providing us from BAES with a fascinating morning tour!

Added by Peter Langsdale on 17 June 2011.
Peter, no problem..

information can and does get a little skewed and the missing prop doesn't help matters. Visually it appears that it is obviously the engine that doesn't work!

9 July will see the aircraft running its engines, and we will be celebrating it's 20th year at Coventry.

Added by Richard Woods on 17 June 2011.
This aircraft was added to the UK Civil Registry as G-SKTN in January 2013. This confirms the ambition of the owners, the Shackleton Preservation Trust, to restore it to airworthiness some time in the future.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 26 February 2013.
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