The Blackburn Beverley came into its own thousands of miles from home, as two men who operated the aircraft tell Dr Kevin Wright.

An 84 Sqn Beverley C.1 at Abu Dhabi in 1958 on the site that would become today’s international airport.
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It was an aircraft that would never win a beauty contest, however the Blackburn Beverley’s remarkable short-field performance meant it had a key role in the RAF for more than 11 years.

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