Hope these old enough for Adrian.Even his scanner would find these a challenge. Went up to see the hundreds of Prentices at Southend yes hundreds. Some parked in background of the Avro Tudor shots, which we were just in time to see several being scrapped.Note the crane hook hanging like the Sword of Damocles overhead. Poor snaps but great history eh ? Southend 1956 by warferry, on Flickr Tudor Southend 1956 by warferry, on Flickr Viking Southend 1956 by warferry, on Flickr.
Facinating collection, Aviation Traders bought 252 Prentice aircraft roughly 150 came to Southend with 102 to Stansted.
The first civilian prentice to fly was G-AOKT (VS382) on Tuesday 26th June 1956 on an airtest at Southend, however the aircraft was never fully civilianised and never gained its Certificate of Airworthiness.
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Never mind the quality of the photo .... the subject is so memorably important .... I too remember the prentices but at Stansted, although I did visit Southend many times in this era ! and dont get me started on Tudors !!!
Don't worry about the quality, you've got the pics and that's the important thing. Went to Southend when the Carvairs were operating and for some reason I never took a pic. What I wouldn't give for even a few grainy b&w shots now.