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Extra resources for Lysander Special
The Strathallan Aircraft Collection acquired ex-RCAF Lysander III(TT) 0 2355 from Manitoba in 1971 and that October it arrived at Strathallan Airfield, Auchterarder, Perthshire. There the fuselage structure, undercarriage, wheels and tail were completely overhauled and the civil registration G-AZWT was issued. At the same time the Mercury engine was given a thorough examination. However, while work was underway the collection at Strathallan was rapidly increasing - by some thirty aircraft since the Lysander arrived.
Westland Centre left: The Irish Air Corps took delivery of six Mk lis from production, numbered 61-66 in the Corps. Nos 61 and 66 were both converted for target towing in September 1944 and were scrapped in late 1946. /Westland Bottom left: The Royal Canadian Air Force took delivery of Lysanders built in both Canada and Britain of which details are given elsewhere in the book. Here No 41 6, the first Canadian-built Lysander, a Mk II illustrated earlier, is seen in service with No 111 Squadron at Patricia Bay on 11 January 1941 with a tractor and towing dolly.
Role letters were SD for Special Duty and TT for Target Tug. I J, \ Bristol Mercury The Bri tol Mercury was a nine-cylinder poppet-valve engine of 4ft 3 1 2in diameter with a bore of 5 314 in and a stroke of 6 I 2in. The Mk IX used in the prototype was fully upercharged and gave 840hp at 14,000feet at 2,750rpm. The Mk XII was medium supercharged and gave 890hp at Propeller De Havilland three-blade, two-pitch propeller of 11feet diameter, controlled from a red knob on the instrument panel, pushed in for fine pitch and pulled out for coarse.