XB260 Beverley C1 of 47 Squadron RAF
at Abingdon 16th April 1959
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XB260 first flew March 30th 1955 was also originally retained by Blackburn's for trials and demonstrations. With Civil Registration G-AOEK was used in a joint Blackburn/Hunting Clan charter, transporting drilling equipment to Iraq Petroleum. Then reverted to XB260 and winterization trials in Canada at CFB Namao (some sources also state the Aircraft spent time in Libya on tropical trials).
Refitted by Blackburn's in 1958, XB260 was passed to the Abingdon Wing, where as shown in the photograph it spent some time with 47 Squadron.
Eventually XB260 made the long trek to the Far East and 48 Squadron Beverley Flight, this Flight was given Squadron Status in October 1960 and became 34 Squadron based at Seletar.
XB260 was Struck off Charge on 1st January 1968 following the disbandment of 34 Squadron, after which it was scrapped on-site at RAF Seletar on the 14th February 1968.
For more information See: Beverley Main Album Notes:
Blackburn Trials and Demonstrations Abingdon Wing 47 Squadron 48/34 Squadron Mass Scrapping..
For more information onThe Blackburn Beverley See: Beverley Main Album Notes:
The Blackburn B-101 Beverley
Other sites on the Web of interest:
47 Squadron - MoD Site RAF 47 Squadron - Special Forces Flight RAF 47 Squadron - Wikipedia Entry
RAF 34 Squadron - Wikipedia Entry Borneo Air War 48 Squadron - MoD Site RAF 48 Squadron - Wikipedia
Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) - Wikipedia
The Beverley Association and Blackburn Beverley - Wikipedia Entry