Avro Shackleton AEW.2 “Ermintrude”, No.8 Squadron, Royal Air Force Lossiemouth, Moray, North East Scotland, 1979.
Developed from the Lincoln Bomber and sharing with it the DNA of the famous Lancaster, the Avro Shackleton enjoyed a long career
with the RAF, first as a maritime patrol aircraft and then as the RAF’s primary AEW (Airborne Early Warning) aircraft. Responding to the loss of Airborne Early Warning (AEW) capability with the demise of the Royal Navy’s carriers, twelve Shackletons were pressed into service as AEW.2 aircraft in 1971. From 1974 to 1991, the Shackleton AEW.2 flew missions over the North Sea, Arctic Ocean and Western Atlantic.