ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH AVIATION

ARGOSY



RAF Aircraft - Last 16

Last 16 aircraft all had the XR prefix

XR105-XR109 inc
XR133-XR143 inc

105 | 106 | 107 | 108 | 109
133 | 134 | 135 | 136 | 137 | 138 | 139 |140 | 141 | 142 | 143

c/n 6783 XR105 - Contract KU/K/01
6th of December 1962 first flight.
15th of March 1963 delivered to the Aircraft and Armament Establishment (AAEE) and the maker AWA.
19th of November 1964 transferred to 267 Squadron.
3rd of January 1969 to 27MU.
11th of November 1970 transferred to the Ministry of Aviation (MoA) for the Empire Test Pilots School.
27th of April 1976 a wing dropped on an asymmetric approach at Boscombe Down, it hit a hanger and rolled into the ground with the loss of 2 lives.
Accident description from Aviation Safety Network

XR105 in ETPS markings, Lyneham 14 Nov 72
Air-Britain Photographic Images Collection

c/n 6784 XR106 - Contract KU/K/01
9th of January 1963 first flight.
8th of April 1963 delivered to 267 Squadron.
1st of July 1963 transferred to 215 Squadron. It was given a name at Changi but can't remember what it was.
10th of January 1968 to 27 MU.
24th of May 1968 transferred to the 114/267 Squadron pool.
5th of October 1971to 60MU.
9th of July 1972 to 5MU.
24th of February to 23MU.
15th of August 1972 to 5MU.
18th of August 1975 sold to Hants and Sussex Aviation and scrapped for spares.

XR106, 215 Squaqdron flight line Changi, August 1963

c/n 6785 XR107 - Contract KU/K/01
13th of February 1963 first flight.
1st of May 1963 delivered to 267 Squadron.
1st of July 1963 transferred to 215 Squadron, named Jason.
9th of October 1967 transferred to 70 Squadron.
6th of May 1970 to 5MU.
16th of May 1974 to 60MU.
23rd of August 1974 to 23MU.
14th of May 1975 to RAF Cosford as 8441M.
Scrapped 1988.

XR107 - 215 Squadron
Picture Source - ARDET website

c/n 6786 XR108 - Contract KU/K/01
11th of February first flight.
28th of June 1963 delivered to 267 Squadron.
1st of March 1963 transferred to 215 Squadron, named Polaris.
.9th of January 1971 transferred to the 114/267 Squadron pool.
11th of October 1971 to 5MU.
25th of April 1975 sold to A J Walter (Aviation) and scrapped for spares.

XR108 on the flight line at Changi August 1963

c/n 6787 XR109 - Contract KU/K/01
20th of February 1963 first flight.
6th or 10th of May 1963 delivered to 267 Squadron.
18th of February 1964 transfered to 105 Squadron.
19th of December 1967 transferred to the 114/267 Squadron pool.
To 5MU then sold to Field Aviation and scrapped for spares, May 1975.

XR109 Mildenhall 22 May 71

c/n 6788 XR133 - Contract KU/K/01
26th of February 1963 first flight.
15th of May 1963 delivered to 267 Squadron.
7th of May 1968 during a fly past at the improvised desert strip Got-El-Afrag, Libya and flown by John Proctor, it flew into the runway, cart wheeled and blew up, according to the official report. However an eyewitness reports that the pilot buzzed the camp, his wing tip clipped a makeshift shower or water tower (50 gallon drum) at the Afraq Hilton (a tent) and they ploughed into the desert with the loss of 11 lives. One wonders how high the shower was.
Accident description from Aviation Safety Network

XR133

c/n 6789 XR134 - Contract KU/K/01
7th of March 1963 first flight.
19th of June 1963 delivered to 267 Squadron.
1st of January 1966 transeferred to 114 Squadron.
19th of October 1971 to 27 MU.
17th of December 1971 to 5MU.
18th of August 1975 sold to Hants and Sussex Aviation and scrapped for spares.

XR134 Gatow 6 Oct 68
Air-Britain Photographic Images Collection

c/n 6790 XR135 - Contract KU/K/01
20th of March 1963 first flight.
9th or 19th of July 1963 delivered to 114 or 267 Squadron If it first went to 267 then it moved to 114 Squadron on the 1st of June 1970, but this may have been a 114/267 Squadron pool aircraft at this time.
12th of January 1972 to 5MU.
18th of August 1975 sold to Field Aircraft (Aviation?) and scrapped for spares.

XR135 Alconbury 23 May 64
Air-Britain Photographic Images Collection

c/n 6791 XR136 - Contract KU/K/01
5th of April 1963 first flight.
18th or 19th of July 1963 delivered to 267 or 114 Squadron.
21st of October 1971 to 27MU.
24th of January 1972 to 5MU.
15th of November 1973 converted to a T Mk 2 by Hawker Siddley Aviation.
16th of July 1975 to 5MU.
26th of January 1976 bought by Shackleton Aviation Services who sold it on to Otrag Range Air Services. It went through a refurbishment at Manchester Airport UK which included an orange dayglo paint scheme and registered as 9Q-COA. Shown here visiting Munich. It is named Jason which was originally the name given to XR107 by 215 Squadron.
1981 scrapped at East Midlands Airport.

6791 9Q-COA XR136 East Midlands 5 July 80
Air-Britain Photographic Images Collection

c/n 6792 XR137 - Contract KU/K/01
30th of April 1963 first flight.
16th of August 1963 delivered to 267 Squadron.
April 1965 transferred to 242 Operational Conversion Unit.
Transferred to 115 Squadron on conversion to E Mk.1 and named Orpheus. At some point operated by Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment (AAEE). Dates unclear.
10th of January 1978 struck off charge and transferred to RAF Northholt as RRR960 for fire practice. It was burnt by mistake whilst filming The South Bank Show on the life of Roald Dahl, an ex Hurricane Pilot. The fire service where reported to be very happy because they did not like training on high winged aircraft. It became an unsafe structure and was scrapped soon after, having gone by the 10th of July 1987. Appeared in the James Bond film Octopussy.

XR137 115 Squadron Brize Norton 3 June 76
Photo Robin A Walker

c/n 6793 XR138 - Contract KU/K/01
20th of May 1963 first flight.
29th or 30th of August 1963 delivered to 267 Squadron.
1st of December 1965 transferred to 114 Squadron.
20th of October 1971 to 27MU.
17th of December 1971 to 5MU.
18th of August 1975 sold to Hants and Sussex Aviation and scrapped for spares.

XR138 Gaydon 14 Sept 63
Air-Britain Photographic Images Collection

c/n 6794 XR139 - Contract KU/K/01
21st of June 1963 first flight.
27th or 30th of September 1963 delivered to 267 Squadron.
1st of March 1966 transfered to 114 Squadron.
1st of June 1970 one record shows it going back to 114 Squadron, but this may be when 114 and 267 Squadrons pooled their aircraft.
22nd of September 1975 sold to Hants and Sussex Aviation and scrapped for spares.

XR139 at Benson 20 Sep 69

c/n 6795 XR140 - Contract KU/K/01
19th of August 1963 first flight.
5th of November 1963 delivered to 114 Squadron.
1965, transferred to 242 Operational Conversion Unit.
1969, moved back to 114 Squadron.
1970, converted to E Mk.1 to be operated by 115 Squadron.
10 Feb 1978, flown from Brize Norton to Halton for use as ground instruction airfame 8579M. See Here. Broken up about 10 years later.

Remains of 6795 XR140 Halton 18 June 88
Air-Britain Photographic Images Collection

c/n 6796 XR141 - Contract KU/K/01
13th of September 1963 first flight.
20th or 30th of December 1963 delivered to 114 Squadron.
1st of January 1966 transferred to 267 Squadron.
1st of July 1970 transferred back to 114 Squadron, but I suspect that this was as a member of the 114/267 Squadron pool.
3rd of December 1971 to 5MU.
22nd of May 1975 sold to Rolls Royce and scrapped for spares.

XR141

c/n 6797 XR142 - Contract KU/K/01
4th of November 1963 first flight.
2nd or 3rd of January 1964 delivered to 114 Squadron.
11th of October 1971 to 5MU.
18th of August 1975 sold to Hants and Sussex Aviation and scrapped for spares.

XR142 Southend 26 April 1970
Air-Britain Photographic Images Collection

c/n 6798 XR143 - Contract KU/K/01
26th of February 1964 first flight.
1st of April 1964 delivered to 267 Squadron.
July 1969, transferred to 115 Squadron on conversion to E Mk.1.
22 Jan 1978 made the last operational flight of a RAF Argosy - see here
29th of June 1978 bought by Nova International, registered as G-BFVT and sold on to Duncan Aviation. It was delivered to their headquarters at Lincoln, Nebraska, USA to be used as a source of spares for N1430Z. Flight Journal, reports in the August 2003 edition, that it has been moved, in pieces, to the America Transportation & Aviation Museum in Sioux City, Iowa, USA. As at August 2003 the Mid America collection is under storage awaiting a new home for the Museum.

XR143 at Farnborough September 1964
Air-Britain Photographic Images Collection

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