My experiences living in Cape Town and travelling in Africa

Avro Shackleton MR.3 engine run at AFB Ysterplaat

Last Saturday I joined Hilton Mundy of ShortFinal.TV at the SAAF Museum Ysterplaat in Cape Town to film the engine start of the only remaining airworthy Shackleton MR.3 aircraft in the world. I was also lucky enough to be inside during the event filming the action from inside the cockpit. Here are a few of my photos from the day as well as the videos edited by Hilton Mundy.

The SAAF Shackleton being towed out of the hanger

Being positioned on the tarmac for the engine start

Ground and flight crew preparing the aircraft

Beautiful aircraft with the awesome backdrop of Table Mountain

Up close with this amazing aircraft

Flight deck of the SAAF Avro Shackleton ‘Pelican 22’

With the aircraft out of the hangar, and as an added bonus for all the aviation enthusiasts who had gathered for this rare event, they had one of the fire engines give her a wash down which was great to watch. I was still inside and one of the flight crew suddenly asked if all the hatches were closed which sparked a flurry of activity as all the hatches were checked just before the jet of water landed on the side of the fuselage.

It was a fun afternoon and an experience I will remember for many years to come.

Posing with ‘Pelican 22’ – the only airworthy Avro Shackleton MR.3 left in the world

15 responses

  1. Very interesting machine – I hadn’t idea that such aircraft ever existed. Thanks for sharing photos and videos.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    • My pleasure, glad you like them and I feel privileged to have been able to experience this amazing machine.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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  4. What an amazingly exciting and fun experience. The aircraft is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this … 😀

    May 18, 2012 at 12:41 am

  5. Wow Sherry was right when she said your photography was awesome!

    May 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

  6. Simon B. - chillibasket

    I find aeroplanes like that one fascinating! What is the extruding window in the front of the nose used for?

    July 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    • These old planes are great. I believe the window in the nose is for the operator of the nose gun operator to look out of.

      July 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

  7. Hi, so very good to see a Shack engine runs, have not seen aThis type in the air since RAF St.Mawgan a while back, although understand that the Classis Aircraft Trust have one at Coventry, but with regs as they are we might not see her flying again over the English coutryside, thanks for the mewmory.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

  8. Great post! Would love to see this in flight someday!

    September 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    • Thanks, unfortunately this one will never fly again but still great to see the old engines turn over every now and again.

      September 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      • Thats a shame, but great to see it fire up the engines at least

        September 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm

  9. Kevin

    So incredible to hear those four Griffins growl into life after all these years, and such a well preserved example of a venerable old lady. Shame no one in the UK has the wherewithall to maintain an airworthy “Shack”. Live long and prosper Pelican 22.

    December 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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