The 1950s were an interesting time for combat aircraft development. Whilst the importance of ‘dogfighting’ capabilities; manouverability, firepower, and speed was integral to the performance of Second World War aircraft, after the advent of the supersonic jet and nuclear weapons warfare was demanding different kinds of attributes. The ability to both tussle with other aircraft and also outrun or outclimb them, as well as ground-launched missiles, was a focal scenario for designers, whilst new schematics that allowed for heavier payloads without compromised handling meant carrying bombs was a possibility. Of course, close combat and total wars between several truly mighty powers did not come to pass after 1945, and the vast majority of these Lockheeds, Avros, Dassaults, MiGs, English Electrics or Sukhois spent their entire lives on standby, perhaps with the ocassional deployment in Korea or further afield skirmishes. But one type of aircraft that did do the rounds on many occasions is the reconnaissance aircraft – snooping around for enemy aircraft that weren’t where they’re supposed to be, much like us zone visitors. Here’s one such Avro example, the Shackleton, perhaps the 3rd most well known of the legendary Mancunian manufacturer’s assortment after the Lancaster and the Vulcan.

FreshwaterAlgae, Fiesta@aMotive

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