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Old 23rd Jul 2022, 08:45
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Why does no one want the Beverley?

Blackburn Beverley: Iconic aircraft, last survivor of its type, in danger of being scrapped | Yorkshire Post
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Being treated in retirement much as it was in service ! ... bottom of the heap until it was needed for jobs which nothing else would do. Unique in many ways and fondly remembered. Still have the Guiness Bev/toucan tie from the Park Royal 'adoption'
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Wiseman still up to his con tricks then.....

The fate of the Bev was sealed as soon as this chancer bought it.

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I'd never heard of Wiseman but I suspect its fate was sealed when it left Beverley for Fort Paull. Even without the closure, on the banks of an estuary was never going to be practical long-term.

There was a suggestion that it could have gone straight to Elvington from Beverley but whether it was wishful thinking or a serious option I don't remember now,
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The first thing he did was to try and flog the engine's hoping to get the Sea Fury fraternity interested.
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Could you give a bit more info please ?
(asking for a friend who's going to the Beverley Assn Reunion in Sept)
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Really sad. Have fond memories of the Beverley at Hendon (a very nice gate guard for Hendon imho) and not so fond memories watching a JCB hack it to pieces.
I've always like the interwar props especially the chunky Bev. Shame it couldn't find a home somewhere like Middle Wallop,
Seems to be suffering the same fate as our sorry Shackleton Gibraltar fleet.
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It might be scant consolation, but, it seems the Shack is moving from Coventry to Elvington ...now that will be an interesting transportation job, apparently it can't be flown out, even more so when it's currently restored to engine running condition and presumably the intent is to continue.

Sorry about the drift from the Bev, but I felt the news does have a relevance
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips
It might be scant consolation, but, it seems the Shack is moving from Coventry to Elvington ...now that will be an interesting transportation job, apparently it can't be flown out, even more so when it's currently restored to engine running condition and presumably the intent is to continue.

Sorry about the drift from the Bev, but I felt the news does have a relevance
Is it positive that it will be made airworthy? Shak and Lanc flypast :-)
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The Beverley should be found a home at Farnborough, it spent most of its flying life there with the RAE.
I too witnessed the Hendon one being broken up and the sections that I was able to view close up were in really good condition despite the RAFM stating that its poor condition was why it was being disposed of.
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Originally Posted by GeeRam
Wiseman still up to his con tricks then.....

The fate of the Bev was sealed as soon as this chancer bought it.
Indeed! He planned to sell off the engines and turn the a/c into a a holiday rental. Preservation was never upper most in his plans. What has become of the money he raised on his website?

https://www.blackburnbeverley.co.uk
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Whilst I obviously remember the Beverley at Hendon I can remember them flying at Abingdon in about 1957/8.I was there on a CCF trip and flew in a Anson but can vaguely them on Parachute training ,I think Hastings were also in use.I had forgotten about that Abingdon trip until this article reminded me.
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Originally Posted by uxb99
Really sad. Have fond memories of the Beverley at Hendon (a very nice gate guard for Hendon imho) and not so fond memories watching a JCB hack it to pieces.
I've always like the interwar props especially the chunky Bev. Shame it couldn't find a home somewhere like Middle Wallop,
Seems to be suffering the same fate as our sorry Shackleton Gibraltar fleet.
What connection does the Bev have with Middle Wallop or the AAC? Better would be the Boscombe Down collection at Old Sarum, the A&AEE operated the (last) Beverley and JATE carried out trials with the Beverley out of Old Sarum.
However, I'm sure the costs of moving the thing from Yorkshire to Wallop or Old Sarum would be beyond the abilities of either museum.
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips
It might be scant consolation, but, it seems the Shack is moving from Coventry to Elvington ...now that will be an interesting transportation job, apparently it can't be flown out, even more so when it's currently restored to engine running condition and presumably the intent is to continue.

Sorry about the drift from the Bev, but I felt the news does have a relevance
There does seem to be a little bit of parallel lines between the Bev and our Shackleton.

We'd have loved to fly her out, and I'd love to say she'd make it. Even now, she'll make take off power. But to stay up there for an extended flight? Well, the money spent making sure she would do it- safely - would eclipse the cost for a road move, so we had to conclude that was the more sensible option.

After running her up earlier, my heart's still telling me I ought to reconsider. But a clear head and the chequebook rule.

Sorry chaps...
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There does seem to be a little bit of parallel lines between the Bev and our Shackleton.

We'd have loved to fly her out, and I'd love to say she'd make it. Even now, she'll make take off power. But to stay up there for an extended flight? Well, the money spent making sure she would do it- safely - would eclipse the cost for a road move, so we had to conclude that was the more sensible option.

After running her up earlier, my heart's still telling me I ought to reconsider. But a clear head and the chequebook rule.

Sorry chaps...
Thanks for that response and clarification. I found out about the move when a friend commented on FB.

From an engineering perspective alone, aside from the logistical planning, dismantling then re-assembling the Shack, will make for some complex operations. Are you planning on recording the whole process please because I feel it would make for an interesting documentary. Even more so when she is run again after the move if this is the intent.
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Whatever happened to the Shackleton at Strathallan?
It was an ex RAE T4; I remember the same crew which flew the Beverley to Paull also flew that, having practiced short landings (with much smoking from the brakes) beforehand after the previous delivery, a Comet 2 from Boscombe, 'lost' its undercarriage on landing.
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Strathallan's Shackleton was scrapped I believe.
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You are correct, it was. The nose survives though and has been resident with us at Coventry since 2012.
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The story was that when the T4 arrived at Strathallan , the fuel in the tanks was worth more than what it had been sold for.
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Is it positive that it will be made airworthy? Shak and Lanc flypast :-)
I wouldn't hold your breath. I doubt it will ever fly again.
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