The Avro Tudor is best-known for tragedies. But, on the Berlin Airlift, it demonstrated a more positive side
Air Vice Marshal Donald C. T. Bennett was no stranger to adversity. As the first commander of the RAF’s Pathfinder Force, the hard-bitten Australian had fought tirelessly to improve Bomber Command’s navigational prowess, and thus its targeting accuracy. He was not the sort of man to accept second-best, and didn’t care whose noses he put out of joint along the way. Setting up his own airline, equipped with an aeroplane that had undergone a deeply troubled gestation and service entry, must have seemed a mere bagatelle.
But ‘Pathfinder Bennett’ a