Avro 707C WZ744 2-seater nose close-up
Photographed at Cosford on 18 February 2004.
The final variant of the Avro 707 delta development aircraft was this aircraft, the two seat 707C, WZ744, intended for delta handling familiarisation, maiden flight 1st July 1953.
It joined the R.A.E. in January 1956, and perhaps its most substantial research contribution was to the development of fly-by-wire controls, probably the first of their kind and fitted with a side stick controller. This aircraft was flying with the R.A.E. until September 1966.
I first saw this aircraft in, I believe, 1953 when I was 10 years old and living at RAF Waddington. This and the other three 707s flew in formation over my school while practising for their appearance at the Farnborough Air Show, held between 5 and 11 September that year. At that time Avro was still using the hangars at Bracebridge Heath, almost opposite my Primary School, for repairing aircraft.
Quite a difference from the Avro Lincolns that flew past every day!
Picture added on 25 January 2009