Blackburn Beverley Military Transport Aircraft
Introduced into RAF service in 1955 the Blackburn Beverley was designed by General Aircraft and built by Blackburn Aircraft to meet Air Ministry specification 3/46 for a medium-range tactical transport for the Royal Air Force. A total of 49 Blackburn Beverleys had been produced when production ceased in 1958. The Beverly remained operational with the RAF until 1967 when the last RAF Beverley transports which had been operating in the Far East were replaced by the Hawker Siddeley Andover.
The aircraft pictured below is the first prototype aircraft which made its maiden flight on 20 June 1950, at this time the aircraft was designated the G.A.L. 60 Universal Freighter Mk.1, this aircraft uniquely featured a combination door and ramp, all later prototype and production aircraft were fitted with rear "clam doors" as can be seen in the top picture of the (re-named for RAF service) Beverley C Mk 1.
|Blackburn Beverley Specifications: |
- Crew: Pilot and co-pilot, flight engineer, navigator, signaller and loadmaster
- Capacity: Up to 80 troops or paratroopers
- Payload: 44,000 lb (20,000 kg)
- Length: 99 ft 5 in (30.3 m) Wingspan: 162 ft (49.4 m) Height: 38 ft 9 in (11.8 m)
- Empty weight: 79,234 lb (35,950 kg)
- Loaded weight: 82,100 lb (37,240 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 135,000 lb (61,235 kg)
- Engines: Four 2,850 hp (2,130 kW) Bristol Centaurus 173 18-cylinder radial engines
- Maximum speed: 238 mph (208 kn, 383 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 173 mph (150 kn, 278 km/h) at 8,000 ft (2,400 m)
- Range: 1,300 mi (170 nmi, 320 km) with 29,000 lb (13,154 kg) payload
- Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,900 m)
G.A.L. 60 Universal
This aircraft was photographed at the Farnborough air-show by the late Mr Geoffry Ranceon on the 6th September 1952, it has been kindly provided by his son, Steve Rance.
Blackburn Beverley Cockpit
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