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Avro Ashton Mk 2 WB491 fuselage
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No: 8808   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Avro   Country: United Kingdom
Avro Ashton Mk 2 WB491 fuselage

Photographed at Newark Air Museum on 23 June 2007.
This is all that remains of the second Ashton with the longer pressurised working section, formerly Tudor 2 G-AJJW/TS897. It first flew at Woodford on August 2, 1951, piloted by Avro's ex-Eagle Squadron test pilot J.C. Nelson.
It was displayed at the 1951 Farnborough SBAC Show, and after company trials was handed over to the RAE at Farnborough for a 3 year series of test programmes associated with temperature control, cabin pressurisation, instrumentation and air conditioning at high altitudes. In 1954 it went to Napiers at Luton for conversion as an engine test bed and in a ventral pod tested such engines as the Rolls-Royce Avon RA28, Conway 505 and Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire ASSa 7. Test flying ceased in 1960 and the aircraft was broken up at Farnborough in 1962. After periods at Dunsfold, Rhoose and Woodford the fuselage has now ended up at Newark, as shown here.
Picture added on 06 June 2009 at 17:21
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Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, United Kingdom
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A wheel rig has been constructed for this hulk, which can now be moved for the first time since it arrived at Newark in 2003. It is to be towed to a new location on the Newark site to enable some restoration and rebuilding to take place.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 25 January 2014.
Hello, thank you for the photograph of the Avro Ashton, which I used to go and admire as a Hunting Percival Apprentice at Luton 1959 to 1964.
So sad to see her in this sorry state.
I was filled with fascination with 'all things aeroplanes' and am now retired, having spent my time as an Airfame/Engine Licensed Engineer and Flight Engineer, as well as being a private pilot and PFA aircraft builder.
Presently, I am jotting down a few reminiscences for like-minded chums and I was searching for the Napier Ashton, when I stumbled upon your photo.
Similarly, I spent ages in hanging around the Napier De-Icing Research Lincoln....wonderful.
There was also an English Electric Canberra there for a lot of the time....I think that it was the one which was fitted with rocket and/or gas turbine test bed installations in/under the fuselage......but perhaps not. It ended its days, so far as I can recall, parked up (dumped) in the long grass beside one of the hangars there but I was saddened by this as I am sure to this day, that this particular A/C had been the holder of a high altitude record?
I would be most grateful if anyone could fill in the holes for me please?
Thank you so much and best regards,
John Ashby.

Added by John Ashby on 29 May 2014.
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