Avro Shackleton. Photo. Characteristics.
Avro Shackleton. Photo. Characteristics.

Avro Shackleton. Photo. Characteristics.


United Kingdom

A type: chetyrehdvigatelny distant maritime patrol aircraft / aircraft early radar detection

Crew: Flight crew of three and eight tactical operators

This is the last large aircraft chetyrehdvigatelny AVRo company that created the bombers "Lancaster" and "Lincoln." "Shackleton» (Shackleton) was built as the first specialized maritime patrol aircraft. It entered service Command of Coastal Defence in February 1951 years.

The MR 1 modification aircraft used the wing and chassis of a Lincoln bomber mounted on a new fuselage. All in all, the Royal Air Force was supplied with 77 aircraft of the MR 1 modification, followed by 1952 from the 62 aircraft of the 2 of the year, which was distinguished by a long nose and retractable radome. The last aircraft built in 1955 was the MR 3 modification with a three-post landing gear and fuel tanks at the ends of the wing. For the Royal Air Force built 34 such aircraft, and for the Air Force of South Africa - eight. At that moment, when the Shakleton naval patrol aircraft ended their careers at the end of the 1960s, The Royal Air Force hastily converted 12 2 liberated the MR in aircraft AEW 2 (early radar detection), setting in roomy fuselage radar APS-20F (I).

Set this radar was upgraded version of the radar system of air interception sample 1944 years, withdrawn from the putting out of operation of the Air Force fleet of aircraft and installed on the venerable aircraft "Shackleton" as a temporary measure. Nevertheless, the last aircraft AEW 2 has not been sent to a pension up to 1991 years! Converted from the 1971 1974 year for all aircraft AEW 12 2 8 squadron operated solely on the basis of number of the Royal Air Force "Lozigaonz" performing over the North Sea. Arctic Ocean and the western Atlantic combat missions, which lasted until 15 hours.

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 439 km / h



  • Length: 26,62 m
  • Wingspan: 36,85 m
  • Height: 5,1 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 25855 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 44 452 kg


Range of flight: 4908 km

Power point: four engines "Griffon" 57A company "Rolls-Royce"

Power: 9820 l. from. (7324 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • March 9, 1949 (MR 1 aircraft) and September 30, 1971 (AEW 2 aircraft)


The surviving airworthy modifikatsii in civilian hands:

  • AEW 2