Author: Keith Wilson, Hardbound, 173 Pages, ISBN: 9780857337696, H5769, 1st Edition, September 2015
With a heritage stretching back to the legendary Lancaster and its successor the Lincoln, the Avro Shackleton has a distinguished ancestry.
Known affectionately by air and ground crews alike as the 'Growler', the 'Old Grey Lady' or as 'Ten thousand rivets flying in close formation', the Shackleton entered service with the RAF in 1951 and was flown in many roles with Coastal and Strike Commands, including long range maritime reconnaissance, anti-submarine warfare and airborne early warning. The 'Growler' saw 40 years of service with the RAF before the last AEW.2s were finally withdrawn from 8 Squadron in 1991.
The Shackleton also served the South African Air Force with distinction from 1957 to 1984.
Author Keith Wilson describes the Shackleton's full and varied service career before getting to grips with its complex systems, four powerful Griffon engines each with their contra-rotating propellers, and the aircraft's robust airframe. With contributions from former Shackleton air and ground crews, the memorable experience of operating the 'Growler' is brought vividly to life. The author has been given special access to several Shackleton MR.3 and AEW.2 airframes by their respective preservation groups in Britain, enabling him to bring an impressive level of detail to the Haynes Avro Shackleton Manual.
Author Air-to-air photographer and aerospace journalist Keith Wilson is the author of Red Arrows in Camera (2012), RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in Camera (2013) and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Operations Manual (2015) for Haynes. Keith was fortunate to have spent time at RAF Lossiemouth with the RAF's 8 Squadron in the early 1990s when he flew in a Shackleton AEW.2. He lives in Cambridgeshire.