As a Radar Mechanic on the 'ol Bev, fond memories of having nothing to do, servicing Reb 4, Gee 3, IFF & Rad Alt 7. Spent most of the time at Abingdon helping out the 'heavies'with Plug Changes etc. on SSF. One memorable evening, the Station Commander was 'getting his Flying Hours in' on a Para Drop to Weston on the Green. As part of the 'Start Up Crew', White Overalls of course, all 4 Engines running, followed by a complete 'shutdown'! Unaware of the problem, it transpired that a Para Dispatcher had been struck by a "foreign object" entering the port fuselage, causing injury to his neck! The Flight was cancelled, I never discovered the cause, nor the Station Commanders eligibilty for "Flying Pay" or the wellbeing of the Dispatcher! Priorities being in reverse order of course!! Were you that Dispatcher??
|Mo (Noddy Hawkins, 22.08.2016|
I 1967 I flew as a passenger from Khormaksar up to Masirah in a Beverley. A/C taxied right up to the edge of the bondu and we all deplaned. About 50 locals gathered around the front of the a/c (security was non-existent for some reason) They must have been unaware of the prop reversing facility because the Bev's four engines started up and the a/c reversed under its own power to taxy away and the spectators disappeared in a huge cloud of sand - hilarious start to a month's detachment!
On 84 Sqn Aden in 1966/ 67. Flew as a Navigator and like most aircrew I loved The Old Bev. Most para seemed to prefer it as a jump platform as opposed to The Hastings, but doubt if the engineers liked it too much! Many happy memories of trips around South Arabia, and down Africa (mostly East Coast). Rough field operations were a breeze for The Bev on strips that would destroy a C130.
Will never see its like again (probably for the best)!
|John Kent, 21.07.2016|
An insult to engineering. A complete pig to work on especially in Bahrein 1964-65. Torquemeter system was a nightmare. Whoever authorised the purchase of this hideos piece of junk should have been shot. Even the great Burt Rjtan woild not have designed anything so ugly.
|Taffy H, 04.07.2016|
14-04-59 @0900 Last para jump (Bridgeham Heath, Thetford, PTA) OS: TL 924 877 with 23 Para Fld Ambulance from the boom. Number 4 in the starboard stick. At Blackbushe gettin' weapons container and chutes up the steep steps into the boom hole was a struggle (just like P Company!).
Loved The Bev. Spent a night with her over the Med - going to Jordan July '58.
|paul scott, 19.02.2016|
A fine aircraft, strange shape, seen on film, in the TV comedy series 'Get Some In!' about RAF 'Erks' doing their National Service.
|MICK KELLY., 31.10.2015|
I served in Malaya 1961-1963, with Royal Australian Engineers,attached to Royal Engineers.Our unit, 4TH.FD.TP.RAE.,Once flew from Singapore to Butterworth, via a Beverley.Before entering the aircraft we were addressed by the Captain, typical RAF type, handle bar mustache etc.His words were "On our journey North we will follow the Coastline.Reason being If we do happen to crash in the jungle chances of surviving are nil.I we crash into the ocean our chances are so much better as these Aircraft will float. WE THINK."
Any way we arrived safley.
Is there any info online about the internal dimensions of both upper and lower cabins?
|Jim Davidson, 11.04.2015|
Happy memories of para jump training from Hastings & Beverlys in June1957.
Syndicate PJI was one Sgt Dorward - A1 instructor
|Garry Warrington, 21.03.2015|
I had the misfortune of being part of the "Funeral Party" at RAF Abingdon, 1956, for the 24 Police (and their dogs)all died when the Beverly crashed trying to land on a vary foggy day. Something I will always very sadly remenber for the rest of my life!!
Versatile aircraft one of which I witnessed being written off at Habilayn, formerly known as Thumier in South Arabia (Aden) in 1967. Early morning flight up from Khormaksar had landed. The pilot took full advantage of the entire runway venturing just slightly off at the end as he manoeuvred prior to backtrack along the runway to the off-load point. Unfortunately the starboard main gear wheels found the anti-tank mine the “gollies” had laid for our water tanker vehicle. Incredible sight - as the wing rose in the air accompanied by smoke and loud bang. Fastest I have ever seen RAF personnel move – but it was an aircraft evacuation!. No injuries except pride and writer’s cramp from the subsequent written reports and explanations. Another Beverley was nearly written off that afternoon at the end of the same runway – but that’s another story and this sandbag is getting uncomfortable.
|Howard West, 22.08.2014|
I was a USAF GCA Controller at Keflavik Iceland 1956-1957. I made one run with a Beverley, biggest thing I had ever seen up to that point.
|Jim SPIERS, 05.06.2014|
which meant about every thirteen weeks or so we had to pack up and fly out for a fortnight in the sun!!!!!
|jim shergold, 03.01.2014|
Hi Iwas at Abingdon in 58 and 59 station workshops also had the pleasure of working on the old Bevs. Great camp and agood croud of lads, very good memories,Cheers.
|cliff lowe, 02.12.2013|
for about 2 years I refuelled and towed Bev's at RAF Abingdon1963-64. that pic at the top is on the BEV washing pan outside the refuelling flight at Abingdon.
backing a Bev into F hanger with a Tug Master was a bit tricky at first.once I took a Bev to the end of a runway for a compass swing. but the Chiefy said lets have a cup of tea first. so as I was driving away someone shouted 'the Bev's moving' so I chased it down the runway, It was without it's back doors [the reason it was moving at about 10mph]
as we chased it the Tower gave it a green to take off. I got up to it and a liney [who had forgot to put on the hand brake]climbed over the bonnet of the tugmaster and got into the Bev.I see that someone told about a landrover made a hole in Saisbury plain. When at RAF Old Sarum I took a coach load of German Air Force Officers to Lark Hill to watch a heavy drop by a Bev. only one of the 6 chutes opened of the land rover pallet and after the dust had settled a bulldozer came out of some woods and filled in the hole.then went back into the woods.the CO'S Marine driver and I fell about laughing the Germans were not amused.
|Revd. Andrew MacKenzie, 19.10.2013|
Duly went Fort Paull and saw the only complete surviving Bev. My wife was well impressed. It seemed to be nearly as big as a 747! The floor sockets were well and truly u/s, and will never work again. Brought back a lot of 30 Squadron memories.
|carl mann, 13.09.2013|
April 60 - May 62 Served with 84 Sqd Aden avionics tech. close shave June 61 aircraft blown up terrorist Bahrain refuel stop A.M. sec heavy lift short range U.K. Singapore ??? served the country well.
|Revd. Andrew MacKenzie, 09.09.2013|
Was a Role Eqpt. Corporal airframe fitter on 30 Squadron Eastleigh from May 1961-November 1963. Just about to pay a visit to Fort Paull to see the last remaining Bev there. I shall give the floor sockets a hefty boot!
|John Lowe, 19.07.2013|
Hi,i did my first plane jump from a beverley in early 1957 when with the parachute regt.I broke my back on a jump from a bev in may 1959.We jumped from 3 exits port,starboard and boom.It is said this was never done but i know it was.I love this air craft and have many happy memories about it.I would love to get a a nice picture of one.We also did rigging courses to load platforms for dropping land rovers.all at abingdon.It has been great to read how other people enjoyed this air craft.Many thanks John.
|Maurice Millard, 27.04.2013|
I was an an apprentice at Blackburn's in the 1950's. As I recall the GAL-60 wasn't a Beverly prototype, it was a little smaller, with Hercules engines. The Beverly was bigger, with a large upper rear fuselage. The marketing pitch was that the rear fuselage was larger than a C-47.
The Beverly prototype had a "lash-up" wing center section. One of my assignments was on a team building a production center section with was retro-fitted to the prototype.
The field at Brough was a little tight for an aircraft this size, the prop 'auto-reverse' was very handy.