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    According to the 1937 / 1938 ORB's, 35 Squadron carried out "500 hour development trials" on the Vickers Wellesley.

    Does anyone know if there was a standard trial procedure that they would have had to follow?. If so, is the procedure documented anywhere?

    Any help would be much appreciated

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    Pete
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    Hi Pete,

    We have some info on our website about these Wellesley`s, don`t know if you`ll find what you are looking for but may be something of interest to you. Just type in Aviation Research Group Orkney & Shetland in google and you should find us. Look at Orkney projects page and then under The Mystery of Wellesley K7734.

    Regards
    Dave.

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    Dave

    Thanks for that; it makes interesting reading.

    This is what I have been able to piece together relating to 35 Squadron involvement:

    In August 1937, “A Flight” started development trials on the Vickers Wellesley two-seater medium bomber. It is assumed at this stage that this was the MKI with two separate cockpits (to be confirmed)

    July 1937

    Aircraft K7736, K7738 and K7739 delivered to the squadron [20th July]

    August 1937

    500 hours development trial started [16th August]

    October 1937

    K7751 flown in to replace K7739 (what happened to K7739??) [21st October]

    January 1938

    K7751 written off when it crashed at West Freugh aerodrome whilst 35 squadron were carrying out armament training [5th January]

    March 1938

    K7736 force landed at RAF Worthy Down [1st March]; the aircraft was repaired at unit

    May 1938

    K8529? force landed at Whittingham in Northumberland [7th May]; the aircraft was written off.

    K7747 was transferred to 77 Squadron at RAF Honington for completion of development trials [10th May]

    K7739 was transferred to 77 Squadron at RAF Honington for completion of development trials [24th May]

    June 1938

    K7736 completed its 500 hours development trial and returned to Vickers in Weybridge for post trial examination [1st June]

    Regards

    Pete
    Last edited by PeteT; 15th January 2013 at 17:44.
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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