This afternoon Royal Air Force Coningsby welcomed a visit by an Avro Anson aircraft owned by BAE Systems. The aircraft has been re-painted to represent an aircraft that was stationed at RAF Coningsby in the late 1950s / early 1960s.
The aircraft was welcomed by the Station Commander Group Captain Mike Baulkwill and the BAE Systems General Manager Alison Ballard.
Group Captain Baulkwill said, “We are very grateful to BAE Systems both for helping us meet our current commitment, but also helping us to commemorate a little known but still very valuable part of our history”
This Anson is one of only three remaining airworthy examples of almost 11,000 built. The aircraft was used during World War Two in both a maritime reconnaissance role and as a training aircraft.
Alison Ballard said, “BAE Systems are proud to help celebrate RAF 100 alongside our partners here at RAF Coningsby. We have re-painted the Anson in the RAF Coningsby scheme to showcase our partnership with the station and our continued support for the Royal Air Force.”
The aircraft can be seen throughout the summer months at airshows across the UK and is normally resident at the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden Bedfordshire.