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The Invergordon Archive

Handley Page Heyford
The Invergordon Archive
Handley Page Heyford

In 1937 the expansion of the runways and facilities at RAF Novar enabled larger aircraft to use the airfield for the newly formed No. 8 Armament Training Camp. The station name also changed to RAF Evanton.

Some of the first aircraft to use RAF Evanton were Handley Page Heyfords from 6 and 99 Squadrons. The Heyford entered service in 1930 and was the RAF's last biplane heavy bomber.

The photo shows a Heyford of 99 Squadron being attacked by a Hawker Fury, or possibly Hawker Nimrod (Fleet Air Arm version of the Fury). This was a typical activity for an Armament Training Camp.
Picture added on 22 November 2010 at 09:49
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Novar Airfield

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