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    In 1948 Pakistan acquired 12 factory fresh Brigands. Only two aircraft were despatched, but one of them crashed on delivery. The other one was returned, and the whole contract cancelled. It is claimed that those aircraft were RH820 (RPAF N1125) and RH821 (RPAF N1126). Was the whole block RH820-RH832? The surviving N1126 (RH821) was impressed into the RAF as WA560. Where the remaining aircraft of the RPAF contract assigned serials in the same block - WA560-WA569? This is only ten aircraft, one short of the cancelled contract. What had happened to the last aircraft? Was it never finished?
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    Hi Franek,

    WA561 to WA569 completed as T.4 by Bristols between 2/51 and 9/51 to Contract 6/Acft/1494 and all went direct to RAF. (AB Serials). Bristol Sequence numbers 12877 - 85 (Putnams Bristol aircraft).

    Again from the Putnam book N1126 returned to RAF and after major overhaul in 1950 became B.1 WB236. Served with 84 Sqn, delivered 2/51, until SOC 20.3.53 (AB Serials)

    WB228 also completed at this time as B.1 serving with 8 Sqn RAF and according to Robertson British Military Serials completed as replacement for off-set to Pakistan AF along with WB236.


    Robertson only lists RH820 - 21 as Pakistan AF, all others in block direct to RAF.

    Sorry if thats not over clear but may provide something !
    Peter
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    Further to the previous it appears that N1125 and N1126 were for EVALUATION only, not ordered as such.
    Thus N1126 came back to the RAF as WA560, not impressed, and WB228 was built to replace the lost N1125 for the RAF.
    Is there ant evidence of an ORDER for more as such ?

    Peter
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    Back in the mid-70s (?) Alan Hall/Aviation News published a series of small A5 booklets on a number of less common aircraft types which included a booklet on the Brigand by Chris Ashworth. In that he do say

    In December 1948 instructions were issued (to Bristol) for two B.1s to be taken off the production line and prepared for delivery to the RPAF. RH820 and RH821 were selected...re-serialised N1125 and N1126 respectively. Unfortunately (on 15/1/49) S/Ldr A Beg allowed N1125 to swing on landing at Shaibah during the delivery flight the u/c collapsed and the aircraft was declared a write-off. N1126 did reach Pakistan but it is doubtful whether any use was made of it...

    In the individual aircraft histories it is recorded that a contract was issued on 20/12/48 for two B.1s to replace aircraft released to Pakistan these were WB228 and WB236.

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    Guys, thanks for replies, I have thought it would be a dead thread!
    As for Brigands, there was definitely a contract placed for 12 aircraft - the RPAF urged the British to deliver them as soon as possible in view of the developing conflict in Kashmir. The British agreed reluctantly, being concerned that they might not get enough for their own. As noted, two were completed and delivered with the loss of one. The remaining one was seemingly used for a short while for familiarisation, but then returned. Then negotiations started to cancel the contract, as following ceasefire the RPAF did not need them any more. The British were once again quitereluctant, as they have had no idea on to how to allocate them. Finally it was agreed to take them on the RAF strength. Hence the aircraft must be hidden somewhere in the records.
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