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Vickers Valetta

The Valetta was a military transport aircraft, the prototype of which flew for the first time on 30 June 1947. The C.I was the standard RAF version for use by Airborne Forces; could be used in various roles, such as troop-carrying, freighting, paratroop-carrying, supply-dropping and as an ambulance. The C.2 was a special VIP version for 9 to 15 passengers. The T.3 was designed specifically for use as a navigational flying classroom. A number of T.3s were later converted into T.4s with radar fitted in an extended nose. Production totalled 260 aircraft. Power was provided by two 1,472kW Bristol Hercules 230 radial engines.

Vickers ValettaA three-view drawing (800 x 734)

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David Nuttall, e-mail, 12.10.2017 11:51

I was permanent staff at Abingdon late 56 to 58. we jumped Valletta Hastings conversion to "Yankee packet C119 Beverly and trial jumps at Abingdon not Weston in French (nord atlas's for the ill fated Suez fiasco.Can anyone remember these times


Bill (Blue) Lomax, e-mail, 18.08.2017 11:47

John Lowe, 17.05.2017 Has it wrong the Valetta had only one port side exit and held 20 Para's 9,10,11,and 12 were sat over the Spar, Number's 13 to 20 missed out going over the Spar Blue Ex P.C.A.U. Staff and 1 Para


Richard Joyce, e-mail, 12.08.2017 22:39

First flight I ever took was from Abingdon in a Valetta I didn't land in it tho' ,landed at Weston on the green by parachute, ex 1 para.


james henderson, e-mail, 21.07.2017 15:11

I was national Service and sent to RAF Fayid (canal Zone)
I was made up to Corporal as I was in charge of Mail (Government, Diplomatic Troops}
December 1954 I had a terrific amount of Troops mail for UK.
Troops mail had priority over all other loads
I had to off load 6 passengers going home UK Christmas leave
to take them off because the plane would be overloaded
You can imagine the names I was called, Sorry boys--The mail has to go through Jim 2556756


John Lowe, e-mail, 17.05.2017 14:13

Hi,i did two parachute jumps from the valetta in June 1957on course 446 at Abingdon.If you were in the last three to jump in either stick you had to climb over the spar at the rear end.By the time you got over with all your equipment the man in front was going out of the exit.Ilater joined 1 Para.Happy exciting times John.


James Henderson, e-mail, 22.04.2017 23:49

For Changing (bloody predictive text) read Changi....


James Henderson, e-mail, 22.04.2017 23:46

In 1963 I was flown from RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia to RAF Changing in Singapore.
The Captain was Flt Lt Luby......Altitude... 9,500 ft....

reply, 22.02.2017 03:14

Stationed at RAF Abingdon Jan 1952 /53, I recall doing guard duty on a Valetta that crashed at Cowley, Oxford during that period - I believe that one engine was shut down and a prop feather was carried out on the operating engine.
This incident does not appear in any of the accident reports for the Valetta aircraft - Can anyone else recall this ?


ian d forrest, e-mail, 29.03.2016 23:01

happy days these are memories never to be forgotten.

happy days never to be forgotten both in changi and in shawbury in the uk. still looking for some of my mates back in 55 to 57 asf


Ken Johnson, e-mail, 15.03.2016 14:23

I was stationed at RAF Abingdon Jan 1952 to July 1954. I remember on one occasion a Valetta (presumably of 24 Squadron) had difficulties on take-off and having to fly around the airfiel buring off fule before landing safely. Does anyone have any info on this - purely out of interest.


ANTHONY HICKMAN, e-mail, 18.01.2016 01:54



mick (taffy)Payne, e-mail, 03.01.2016 16:45

Nice to read all the comments on this site ,I`m ex 1para never used the Valetta but would like to build a model , iff there is anyone out there with a plan of about 50inch. span connact by e-mail . Many thanks.


DEREK MASON, e-mail, 20.10.2015 22:22

I was also at Dishforth along with George Langfield 1951 /2.
A great station, terrific friends, very good officers.
We all had our trips to Malta and Tripoli as supernuminary crew and really enjoyed them. We did not travel in luxury and the health and safety brigade would nowadays have kittens but we knew our planes were properly serviced and would get us back home. Wish I had stayed in the R A F
Great job, wonderfull times what an experience.Regards to
George Langfield and anyone else who was there at that time.


Tommy Taylor, e-mail, 25.07.2015 23:38

My Dad , Tommy Taylor, was stationed on Valetta aircraft in Egypt .... end of WW2.


Les Harris, e-mail, 21.04.2014 11:13

Ref Valletta WJ494 -
I attended this crash. Details were printed in the Singapore Straits Times dated 23rd. February 1954 and further details are available from the Aviation Safety Network web site.


Trev Keene, e-mail, 01.04.2014 01:29

Mate of mine was in the RAF, Alan Gatford, now 79 years old worked on the flying pig. He emigrated to New Zealand at 72. Does anybody out there know him?


Barry Dawson, e-mail, 05.03.2014 13:04

I was in Air Traffic Control at Fayid (Suez Canal Zone) from 1951 to 1953. We had five squadrons of Valettas,70,78,114,204 and 216. Towards the end of my service, 114 Squadron became a V.I.P. carrier and moved to RAF Kabrit and 204 was disbanded but immediately re-formed as 84 Squadron.


Alan Stirrup, e-mail, 25.01.2014 19:32

My Father, Ronnie Stirrup, survived the wreck of WJ 494 on approach to Changi airport on 21 February 1954. The aircraft developed engine trouble whilst making its final approach, unfortunately the pilot "feathered" the wrong engine causingthe aircraft to lose height, clip trees and break up.

Would anybody know where I can obtain additional information regarding this accident, is it possible that the investigation report is still obtainable and who would I contact?


George Langfield, e-mail, 05.01.2014 21:25

After completing my square bashing at Padgate, I was transferred to Lyneham and given my dream job as an engine mechanic, I was only there few short weeks before, in 1951 - a crisis in Persia (now Iran) cropped up and I was transferred far away from my home in south Wales to Dishforth There I completed my training and was allocated to Valetta DSS (Daily Servicing Section)

I loved my job which entailed the daily servicing of the stations Valletta's Other duties involved refuelling, reoiling, marshalling and tyre and engine checking (mainly for oil leaks) at the end of the runway while they were doing 'circuits and bumps', As the airfield also flew Hastings, they transferred the Valettas night flying to nearby Rufforth, the first aircraft out took the tyre checkers out and the last one brought them back.

I was fortunate to go as a passenger on a training flight to Tripoli (Libya) in August 1952. Almost exactly a year before, on a similar flight - this time from Malta, One of our Valetta's on its way back to Dishforth crashed at Lyneham killing all 10 on board.

My first ever flight was in a Valetta shortly after arriving at Dishforth, I didn't know at the time that it was being flight tested after its major service, it (seemed to) stand on its tail at takeoff, then, after tossing it around one prop was feathered, then shortly after the other was feathered and we landed on the one engine. Quite an experience for my first flight!

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Dishforth where I specialized in replacing bipod brackets (small brackets which held the exhaust pipes) on the Hercules engines; my least favourite job was replacing the wiring looms on their magnetos. my last job was replacing a Rotol airscrew. Then it was back to my office job in civvy street, Life has never been quite the same since..


Brian Heywood, e-mail, 21.02.2013 13:27

I was an engine mech on 216 squadron 53-55. we had eight Pigs to look after, my memories include getting back to Fayid to find that one wheel refused to lock down, and we all had to take turns to manually pump it down. We were lucky in those days to be able to fly in the co-pilots seat on a journey to places like Pakistan or Aden and looking back I wouldnt have missed it for the world


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