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Avro 707A, WD280, at RAAF Laverton on 16 September 1956. The Vulcan-style airbrakes are seen extended above the wing. 
(photo via John Hopton)

     
 

Avro 707A Image Gallery

 
     
 
Serial Type c/n Aircraft History
WD280 707A ? This Avro 707A was one of five built for flight testing as a part of the V-Bomber project, it was built to represent and test the aerodynamics of the Avro 698 Vulcan Bomber.
After their use in the RAF, this example was provided to the RAAF for aeronautical research.
Transfered to the RAAF 03/56 and arrived in Sydney 05/56 aboard the brand new aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. (It had already been resprayed overall silver with a black anti-dazzle panel from it's red colour scheme at this point),
Transfered to HMAS Sydney and shipped to Melbourne to begin its flight testing at Laverton VIC,
Operated by ARDU until 1963,
Sold in 1967 to Mr Geoffrey Mallett and transported to his home in Williamstown.
It was obtained by the RAAF Museum in 1999 and is currently on display there.
 
     
 

Vulcans and Avro 707s Vulcans and Avro 707s Avro 707A WD280
With original straight leading edge wing. Avro 707A WD280 over Port Phillip Bay,
near Point Cook, in 1956. 
Note that the airbrakes are deployed.
(photo via John Hopton) Avro 707A, WD280, at RAAF Laverton on 16 September 1956. The Vulcan-style airbrakes are seen extended above the wing. 
(photo via John Hopton) Avro 707 Laverton 1956 Another view of WD280, on 3 October 1958, clearly showing the kinked wing leading edge fitted to this aircraft. 
(photo via John Hopton) Avro 707A WD280 Avalon Vic 25Feb1961 - Photographer Wal Nelowkin - Static Display - Aircraft now at RAAF Museum Point Cook (Low res photo) Avro 707 WD280 at the home of Mr Geoffrey Mallet, Williamstown, Victoria 
NAA via the Phantom Avro 707 being removed from its Williamstown residence 1999.
RAAF Photograph Avro 707 at Point Cook
Showing kinked wing developed for Vulcan
(compare with photo number 2)WD280 on display at RAAF Museum Point Cook 2002 WD280 with another flying testbed, the Pika, which was basically a piloted Jindivik Avro 707 WD280 
Point Cook 
28th February 2010
Note repaint

 
     

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