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Fight for the Sky: The Story of the Spitfire and Hurricane
by
Douglas Bader




E3 - XS605 - No.115 Sqn., RAF Benson
Coming in to land at RAF Lossiemouth. These aircraft perform numerous 'fake' landing approaches in a day, working their way around all the airfield runways.


TYPE
Short range transport with STOL capability, now used primarily for radar calibration


MANUFACTURER
Hawker Siddeley - British Aerospace


ENGINES
two Rolls Royce Dart 201A turboprops, 3,245 e.s.h.p.


DIMENSIONS
  • span : 98'(29.8m)
  • length : 77'11"(23.75m)
  • height : 29'3"(8.92m)
  • wing area : 831 sqft(77.2m²)



WEIGHTS

  • basic operational : 27,700lb(12,565kg)
  • maximum loaded : 50,000lb(22,680kg)



PERFORMANCE

  • maximum speed at 15,000' : 302mph(486km/h)
  • normal cruise with 40,000lbs : 270mph(434km/h)
  • ceiling : 24,000ft(7,315m)
  • maximum range with 10,000lb payload : 1,186miles(1,908km)



FIRST FLIGHT

  • Prototype : 21st December 1963
  • C.1 : 8th July 1965



AVIONICS

  • IRFIS - Inertial Reference Flight Inspection System
  • Decca/TANS, VOR, TACAN, ADF
  • Litton INS - Internal Navigation System



ACCOMMODATION
Three crew - pilot, co-pilot & navigator, and up to 44 passengers. In the calibration role there is an Air Electronics Officer and one or two radar assessors.


NOTES
Derived from the commercial Hawker Siddeley 748, but with redesigned rear fuselage, undercarriage and freight floor.


ROLE
Originally seen as a short range transport capable of carrying personnel, casualties and small wheeled or tracked vehicles for air-dropping, (e.g. Land Rovers), the Andover survives today primarily for radar calibration duties. Operated by 115 Squadron from RAF Benson, the red and white Andover E.3s will continue on into the next century checking airfield radar and instrument landing systems.



E3 - XS640 - No.115 Sqn., RAF Benson
Taxiing out for take-off at RAF Valley, Anglesey, North Wales, ready to return home to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire after a long day of alignment checking.