The next instalment of ‘Black Aircraft Week’ looks at two Bristol Mercury-powered aircraft, the Westland Lysander and the Bristol Blenheim.


The first of today’s black aircraft is the Shuttleworth Collection’s Westland Lysander, pictured here at the Race Day Airshow in October 2014.  This ‘Lizzie’ was manufactured in Canada by the National Steel Car Corporation and served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a target tug.  It currently wears the markings of a No. 161 Squadron machine.

© Huw Hopkins - Global Aviation Resource

© Huw Hopkins – Global Aviation Resource

The second aircraft is the Aircraft Restoration Company’s Bristol Blenheim, pictured here at the RAF Mildenhall Air Fete 1993.  The aircraft at that time wore the No. 68 Squadron markings of Blenheim Z5722, an aircraft flown by Wg Cdr Max Aitken at RAF High Ercall in April 1941.  The aircraft was involved in a landing accident at Duxford in August 2003 and recently re-flew for the first time in over 11 years (now restored with a Blenheim MkI nose, mated to a Bolingbroke fuselage).

© Tom Gibbons - Global Aviation Resource

© Tom Gibbons – Global Aviation Resource

Our photo-series continues tomorrow…