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Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C1

Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C1
Serial No: XP411
Period: Post-WWII
Reference: 1988/0098/A
Museum: Cosford
Location: Hangar 1
On Display: Yes

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The Argosy was a variant of the civil AW650 freight aircraft. The RAF ordered fifty-six Argosies for use as medium range transport, paratroop and supply aircraft. The prototype flew on 4 March 1961, and the RAF took delivery of its first aircraft in 1962.

The military Argosy could accommodate either 69 troops, 48 stretcher cases or 13154kg (29000lbs) of freight. The freight load could include a Saracen Armoured Car, 105mm Howitzer, Wombat anti-tank gun and Ferret Scout car.

XP411 was delivered to No.105 Squadron, then based in Aden, on 1 June 1962. The unit moved to Bahrein in November 1967 before being disbanded on 1 February 1968. XP411 was then taken on the strength of No.114 and No.267 Squadrons who operated a detachment in the Persian Gulf. Our aircraft is painted in the livery of Training Command and was last used for crew familiarisation and conversion duties. It was retired on 22 May 1975 and used for ground training at RAF Cosford until transferred to the Museum in 1987.

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