Fate of the other 5 Avro Ashtons

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There were 6 Avro Ashtons built, other than WB491 at Newark Air Museum, what was the eventual fate of the other 5, obviously scrapped, but when and where.
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UK serials site has some info.
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Thanks for the link Tim. I see the third built WB492 went to Farnborough for structural tests, I wonder when it was scrapped. I never saw one during my spotting years which was in the 60s although I went to Farnborough for the early 60s SBAC shows.

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WB492 was written off at RAF Defford with the RRE. There was a fire when the aircraft was taxying, crew got out ok but aircraft damaged beyond repair. There are a couple of pictures of it at Defford in 1956 minus its tail section and wings, obviously before it went to Farnborough.
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Which was the Avro Ashton that featured in the film 'Cone of Silence', which was shown on television within the last few days? Was it WB493?
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According to Wikipedia it was WB493. Dave
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Thank you.
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Was the Ashton cockpit and fuselage the same as the Avro Tudor? Or was it converted from the Avro Tudor?
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Converted from surplus Tudor II airframes... Zeb
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Here's a photo of the cockpit rebuild on WB491 at Newark!
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Elmdon Boy: re your post no. 4. On 1 August 1961 I was at Farnborough visiting the Institute of Aviation Medicine (I was a medical student, and with Oxford UAS) for a flight in their Canberra and made the most of the opportunity to note other interesting aircraft. I saw Ashton WB491 but, like you, no sign of WB492.
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Here's a photo of the cockpit rebuild on WB491 at Newark!
That’s looking impressive :applause: