AID from the AIR

In October 1956, Farnborough was the scene of a special demonstration of ambulance-configured aircraft


Ben Dunnell explores The Aeroplane’s outstanding archives to cast new light on past stories

Five willing volunteers from the ranks of the senior medical personnel in attendance prepare to be loaded on to Royal Navy Whirlwind HAR3 XG583, with the Beverley in the background. ALL PHOTOS AEROPLANE

By 1956, there was nothing new in using aircraft for the ambulance or medical evacuation roles. Then as now, though, the range of types available for this purpose was constantly evolving, and with it the array of supporting equipment, to say nothing of the practices involved. This was seemingly the rationale behind a demonstration held at Farnborough on Saturday 6 October that year, just weeks after the Hampshire airfield had staged the SBAC display.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below