One of the RAF’s great trainers

IN SERVICE | VICKERS VARSITY

WF370 was an early Varsity delivery to No 201 AFS. In September 1970 it was one of three examples destroyed in a hangar fire at Finningley.
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Production Varsities started to come off the Weybridge line in quantity in the autumn of 1951, and 18 had flown by the end of that year. Several early aircraft were used on acceptance trials. Third production example WF326 went to the A&AEE in August and embarked on tropical trials. It staged to Khartoum, where the cabin air conditioning proved inadequate to cope with the ambient temperatures, and groundcrews complained of the risk of burns from the casings of the 25lb bombs they were loading into the racks in the pannier.

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