G-ACFV Avro 642 Eighteen
Another promising looking design which was not produced in
numbers. In fact, only two Avro 642s
In addition to
the prototype seen above, the other (VT-AFM)
was supplied to the
Viceroy of India in 1934.
G-ACFV was operated for a while by Midland and Scottish Air
on their Belfast to London
(Croydon) run. At least one (c/n 773) four engined
variant of the 642
was supplied to the RAF in
India. I have never seen a photograph of this aircraft but it
must, I would
think, have looked all the
world like a Fokker F.XXXVI. Anyway, later in 1934 G-ACFV
of fuel over the Denbigh Moors
in north-east Wales, and was forced to make an emergency landing.
It was refueled courtesy of
the AA and the crew then attempted to take-off from the moor.
unately they hit a dry
stone wall with the resultant crash as seen in the photo below.
This shot comes
from local historian Paul
Lawton who indicates it was taken (with a Kodak Box Brownie) by Alfred
Beardsworth of Glentworth,
Llangollen. Incredibly the big Avro was repaired (around May of
and sold in September 1936
to W.R. Carpenter and Co of Sydney for their New Guinea operation