No. 270. Blackburn B-101 Beverley C.Mk.1 Royal Air Force
Photographed at RAF Dishforth, April 1959, by Ron Dupas

Blackburn B-101 Beverley C.Mk.1

Remarks by Geoff Royle: "Never flew in one. RAF 33 (Javelins) and 92 (Hunters) squadron "Erks" frequently did, i.e. duties in Cyprus etc. Most endearing descriptions of it : 'A donkey's foreskin stuffed with greatcoat buttons', 'A dutch barn scudding past in a gale'."

Remarks by Ron Dupas: "If you are wondering, as I did, what an "Erk" is, see the following page on this WW II History website. Geoff mentioned he is "a surviver, just about, of the Victor Tanker design team, and earlier National Service at RAF Middleton-St-George (over 40 years ago)."

12/13/2003. Remarks by Col Urry: "The Beverley pictures took me back a bit. I had a couple of years on them. The Centaurus engines had been reworked so many times that we were doing 50 hr engine changes, the usual cycle was 250 hr. Needless to say we got it off to a fine art. The allowed time was 16 hr 3 men. My mate and I got it down to 6 hr, including the groundrun to prepare for airtest. It was generally believed that the Beverley was conceived as a warship and actually flew backwards. It was rowed through the freightbay windows and a guy at the stern (which in the RAF became the nose) stood on the bandstand and beat time. They did actually have a platform in the nose called the bandstand from where the airdrop was controlled. If this makes sense to you Ron, you're as daft as we were."

Created December 8, 2001