Aeroplane Icons - Avro Shackleton

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LANCASTER LINEAGE

The RAF looks for a new maritime reconnaissance aircraft and Avro creates the final derivative of its legendary Lancaster design.

INTO SERVICE
The first Shackletons are delivered to RAF Coastal Command while work progresses on a new variant of the aircraft

THIRD TIME LUCKY
While the early versions of the Shackleton settle into RAF service, a new derivative is conceived and manufactured

THE AVRO SHACKLETON IN DETAIL

RETIREMENT AND RESURRECTION
The RAF’s maritime reconnaissance fleet approaches retirement. But the Shackleton returns, ready for a new life in a very different role.

AIRBORNE IN THE SHACKLETON
John Botwood describes a typical Shackleton training sortie from RAF Ballykelly, during the 1950s.