RAAF Museum's Avro 707A

Photo from the collection Alf Batchelder.

RAAF Museum's Avro 707A - the British built six 707's to test the aerodynamics of the design for the Vulcan bomber. This aircraft was brought to Australia for test purposes in 1956, on the maiden voyage of the carrier HMAS Melbourne. After being flown for research purposes for some years, it was sold by 1962 and bought by a man who hoped to swap it for a Spitfire or Mustang. Instead, it was housed in his backyard until 1999, when he sold it to the RAAF Museum. It was in such good condition that it was put on display immediately - no restoration required.

-- Alf Batchelder.