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Blackburn Beverley C.1 (XB259) at Museum of Army Transport, Beverley - Click for Full Image

Sole-surviving Blackburn Beverley C.1 (XB259) can be seen at the Museum of Army Transport, Beverley and has been recently repainted. This aircraft was the first production Beverley to fly in January 1955 and made the last ever landing by a Beverley at Paull Airfield near Hull in March 1974. It served with the RAE at Farnborough before being bought by the ill fated Court Line in 1973, in fact I can recall seeing it at Luton Airport during this period.  In the early 1980's it's survival was put into jeopardy when the Hull Aero Club, who looked after the aircraft, folded. However, the aircraft was saved by a local businessman, Mr Francis Daly, and the aircraft was finally dismantled and moved by road to Beverley.

(Picture May 2002)


 

Cockpit of Blackburn Beverley C.1 (XL149) at Newark Air Museum - Click for Full Image

Cockpit of Blackburn Beverley C.1 (XL149) can be seen at Newark Air Museum. This aircraft first flew in July 1957 and later served with 84 and 30 Squadron. This aircraft had previously been on display at RAF Finningley following retirement. However, it was eventually broken up in 1977 with the Newark Air Museum acquiring the flight deck.

(Picture August 2002)


 

Blackburn Beverley C.1 (XB261) at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Cockpit of Blackburn Beverley C.1 (XB261) at Duxford. This aircraft was the third production Beverley, first flew in July 1955 and served with A & AEE Boscombe Down from 1955 to 1971 before being bought by the Southend Historic Aircraft Museum. Being displayed in the open for many years resulted in its condition worsening. Following the Museum's closure in 1983 it was put up for sale. Eventually it was scrapped in 1989 with only the cockpit section being saved for Duxford.

 

(Picture August 2002)

   
 

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