Avro Shackleton AEW.2
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A fabulous aircraft to be found at the MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) museum in Manchester is the Avro Shackleton. It is huge and can´t really be seen in its full as museum space is a bit cramped and lots of other aircraft are spread out around it. In a way you get a little bit too close to it to actually see how big it is. The lineage to the famous Lancaster can clearly be seen in its twin fins and tail wheel although the rest breathes Lancaster but in a more updated form, most notably counter rotating propellers turned by massive Griffon 58s and an updated front section. The over all dark grey scheme is very attractive to my eyes and the typical British colours for roundels and warning signs adds a bit of extra make up to this old lady. This particular aircraft was built by Avro in 1954 as a MR.2 serving in the maritime reconnaissance role and later converted to AEW.2 configuration in 1972. The last Shackletons were retired in 1991. Looking at the rivets make me think of an old Airfix model. If you think rivet lines need to be straight and level, have a look at the last photo and think again.
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