tomprobert Posted April 27, 2020 Author Share Posted April 27, 2020 11 hours ago, John Aero said: I used to love standing on the QRA park at the end of the runway at Ballykelly, watching and hearing the Shacks leaving for a patrol, (only a wing span away) going off in the twilight. They'd taxy onto the runway with the Griffons popping out orange flames. They would anchor up directly opposite me and then slowly start to move with the engines bellowing up to take off power. The noise was incredible and the exhaust colour would change from red to blue then to an incandessent purple white light as they climbed out into the last of the light from the west. John Sounds idyllic, John - what a sight and sound that must have been. I vaguely remember being at a Mildenhall airshow with my dad in what must have been 1989 or 1990 and seeing an AEW2 display, but sadly that's the only (very distant) memory I have of seeing an operational Shackleton. Let's hope the Coventry group can get some air under the wings of theirs sooner rather than later. Hope all is well with you. 8 hours ago, Learstang said: For what it's worth, Tom, the early MR.2 with the grey over white scheme and the mid-upper turret is my favourite version of the MR.2. I think that's a good choice. And just think of the fun you'll have doing those prodigious exhaust stains! And so the bomb bays were about the same length on the MR.2 and the Lancaster - I'll have to add that to my book. Best Regards, Jason Yes indeed. The Lancaster bomb bay was carried through to the Shackleton - it was the same length but made 2 feet wider on the Shack. It was shortened on the MR3 as the nosewheel bay was inserted forward, but any tail-draggers had the Lancaster (originally Manchester) length bays. Tom 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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