100 years of the RAF
No 26 Squadron Bristol Belvedere HC.1, based at Khormaksar, Aden, delivers supplies and mail to a remote location in the mountainous Radfan area of the country.
The RAF Belvederes were involved in combat in Aden Emergency and Borneo (during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation).
Twenty-six Belvederes were built, entering service as the Belvedere HC Mark 1.
The Belvederes were originally designed for use with the Royal Navy but were later adapted to carry 18 fully equipped troops with a total load capacity of 6, 000 lb. The aircraft could operate through only one engine in the event of an emergency. In that case, the remaining engine would automatically run up to double power to compensate.
*Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*
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Global warming autumnal tree colours
Woodland near Watford, Herts. Global warming is causing UK trees to produce autumnal colours to rival the leaf displays of New England, say experts. Some areas of southern England have seen the most spectacular leaf displays in their history in recent years as a result of climate change, according to conservation charity The Tree Council.
Rspca Animal Hospital - Seal Pup
A Seal pup watches as three of his breed are reintroduced back into their natural environment off the North Norfolk coast, after a few short spell at the RSPCA animal hospital at West Winch in Norfolk. * The three pups had caught a virus, and needed time at the vets help to get their health back, before returning to the Seal colony at Blakeney Point, Norfolk.
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