• Short Summary

    Nearing completion at the Hawker Siddeley Works at Manchester, England, are two 748 tubo prop transports specially equipped for work with the Royal Australian Navy.

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    Nearing completion at the Hawker Siddeley Works at Manchester, England, are two 748 tubo prop transports specially equipped for work with the Royal Australian Navy.

    Powered by two Rolls Royce Dart R.Da.8 engines -- the most successful turbo prop power units in the world -- the 748's will be fitted with electronic and navigational training equipment for their work the Navy. In Australia they will join an already established fleet of ten of these twin engined transports that are in service with the Royal Australian Air Force in a number of roles.

    One of the most successful turbo prop airliners since the high-selling Viscount Airliner, the 748 has achieved a sales total of 259 whilst a further 64 of this type are being assembled on a separate production line by the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd of India. Of these, 24 are for Indian Airlines and the remainder are for the Indian Air Force where they will replace older Russian-made piston engined transports.

    In regular use with the Queen's Flight of the British Royal Air force, the 748 -- known as the Andover in military service -- has been widely adopted in the Indian and Pacific ocean Regions. Similar models are currently flying in Ceylon, Thailand -- where they are also used in the Royal Flight -- Fijian Airways, Mount Cook of New Zealand, Polynesian Airlines and Philippine Airlines. The latter maintain a fleet of twelve of this type.

    Operating with the Royal Australian Navy, the 748 will have a speed of 278 mph (448 kms) and a maximum range of nearly 2,000 miles.

    The engines installed in the Australian Navy Models represent a considerable uprating of power in this type -- lifting the normal horse power from 2,180 to 2,450.

    The arrival of the two new machines will represent another stage in the current re-equipping of the Australian Air Force. Scheduled to take delivery of American made F--111 swing wing fighter bombers, the Australian forces are currently evaluating a number of new fighter types produced by American, French and Swedish manufacturers and is also investigating a new Maritime Defence aircraft.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3SNCH61H146YECJTTFKXSJMGR
    Media URN:
    VLVA3SNCH61H146YECJTTFKXSJMGR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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