Mystery Photo No. 45 Answer
Mystery Photo No. 45 was kindly provided by Ron Marsh. It showed a fixed wing aircraft on deck.
We asked if you could tell us:
- What type of aircraft it was?
- What ship was it aboard?
- When you think it was?
Doctor Richard Kenderdine provided the most complete answer, as follows:
The aircraft is a Westland Wyvern based at RNAS Ford (‘FD’). The Wyvern was developed as a torpedo fighter with first flight in December 1946. It was originally fitted with a Rolls-Royce Eagle piston engine but development of that engine was terminated. Subsequently it was re-engined with turboprop power. One prototype had a Rolls-Royce Clyde (a relatively easy adaptation) and another two had an Armstrong-Siddeley Python, this re