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Old 13th Jun 2015, 07:54
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High Altitude Canberra

Pure Nostalgia. As a kid one day from our garden in Stopsley, I watched the Canberra doing some high angle climbs and wing overs. Haraka senior confirmed on coming back from work that filming had been going on. (ISTR post the actual event).
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So what are the two aircraft in the background on the film? At the 26 second mark there is a partial view of a large twin prop and what the hell is that at the 48 second mark? Looks like a passenger aircraft is carrying a jet engine under each wing.
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I think the twin prop is a Vickers Valetta while the mystery jet is an Avro Ashton - a jet version of the Avro Tudor.
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1. ? Varsity
2. Avro Ashton
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OMA - you just beat me. however, 1 is not a Valetta, which had a tail wheel.
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Aircraft @ 48Secs in Pathe clip

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Might be an Avro Ashton, Nene powered development of Avro Tudor?

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Old 13th Jun 2015, 09:50
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This would be Ashton Mk2 (and the second airframe) WB491 which was converted by Napier and Son in 1954 as a universal engine test-bed for National Gas Turbine Establishment. It flew with a RR Avon in a ventral pod but in 1955 the pod was replaced by a RR Conway for the Boeing 707-420.

I think what is seen at 26s is the Ashton (look at the tail) and there is just some equipment next to it that looks like propellers.
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Thanks for the info everyone.
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Surprised to see the Canberra taxying on grass - did it take-off and land on grass too?
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It had to, Luton didn't get its hard runway until 1960.
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On reflection, with better specs on and prompted by a PM . . . , I think what appears at 26s in the Pathe film is a Varsity. It therefore could be VX835 Napier's engine test bed. According to Putnam's Vickers Aircraft since 1908 it would have been fitted with a Napier Eland NE16 on the starboard wing. A bit before my time but I do remember the Convair N340EL.
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Pathe at 26 seconds

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Napier's Varsity

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Another question for the experts here. What is the type of helicopter seen landing at Luton as it is a new one on me

Business Only Jets - British Pathé
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Brantly 305.

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18 minutes for an answer. Cheers
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Would have been quicker if the office IT had been working quicker!

Don't think I've ever seen a Brantly 305 in the flesh - mind you, haven't seen many of its little sister.
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Must be around 1969 which was an interesting period at Luton as jets started to replace props.


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