Avro Anson (Nineteen)

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A late, civil, variant of the Avro Anson as seen flying at Farnborough today.

Probably the best day of the week weather wise for the airshow although it was very hot.

I particularly wanted to see this aircraft because my father used to service the RAF equivalent of this variant at White Waltham in the 1950s during his national service. He has now got too frail to take round the airshow and I had promised to get him a picture of this aircraft.

Pentax K-3 with DA55-300 @ 300mm
1/800sec, F8 & ISO200.

Shot raw then processed in LR5 with some final tinkering in PSE10

18/07/2014 - 20:43GlynM
Shutter Speed1/800
Focal Length300mm


Link Posted 18/07/2014 - 21:23
That's a really nice shot of a very rare and beautiful aircraft..makes a refreshing change from the 'usual suspects' that usually get most attention. Nice one.



Link Posted 18/07/2014 - 21:31
Interesting shot - very different to the RAF version. I had my very first flight in an Anson from White Waltham in May(?) 1952 whilst undergoing trade training at RAF Medmenham on a Photo Interpreters course.
I remember the Duke of Edinburgh was learning to fly a Chipmunk at the time and it was parked in its own slot surrounded by whitewashed stones....



Link Posted 18/07/2014 - 22:22
Many thanks for your comments.

My father told me, before I saw this aircraft at Farnborough, that the ones he worked on had rounded corner windows and were used by the RAF for communication duties. I therefore assumed that these might be the late c19 or c21 RAF variants. I have certainly found old pictures of some that look very similar to the civil nineteen in RAF colours.

I think the earlier variants were more like green houses or had square corner windows.

Research suggests that Avro stopped production of these aircraft in early 1952 and seeing that some remained in RAF service until 1968 I guess that there were probably still lots of different variants around in the early 50s.

But of course this is all largely guesswork on my part and the memories of my elderly father and we could both easily be wrong.

Last Edited by GlynM on 18/07/2014 - 22:29


Link Posted 21/07/2014 - 12:28
Haven't seen one of those for many a year, to be more precise, 1971 when I saw the ex-EKCO aircraft G-AGPG at the then Southend museum. I think it had been based at Southend for quite a time when it was operational. Only the nose section remains now, apparently.
I remember an occasion at camp with the Air Training Corps, perhaps RAF Cottesmore in 1963, when an Anson crew member yelled out 'Any of you lads want to fly with us'? I was the first to start running and the last to reach the aircraft! Never did get an Anson in my passenger log!

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)
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