Blackburn Beverley aircraft

Last-Ever RAF Blackburn Beverley Sells For £21,000

When it entered service in 1955, the aircraft was the largest in the RAF and operated from rough runways or dirt strips.

Blackburn Beverley aircraft

A Royal Air Force Blackburn Beverley aircraft, believed to be the first produced and last remaining of its kind, has sold for thousands at auction.

The transporter plane sold for £21,000 at an online auction at the weekend.

The aircraft, model number XB259, was just one lot in an auction with more than 1,000 items at Fort Paull in Yorkshire.

When it entered service in 1955, the Blackburn Beverley was the largest aircraft in the RAF and operated from rough runways or dirt strips.

Forty-nine of the aircraft were manufactured, but they were only in service for just over a decade before being retired in 1967.

Auctioneer Andrew Baitson said the aircraft is large enough to hold "a single decker bus" and can carry "about 100 troops".

The XB259 first flew in January 1955, landing for the final time in March 1974, at Paull Airfield, Hull, according to the Beverley Association, the organisation formed in 1988 to bring together former aircrew, ground crew and others connected with the aircraft.

Fort Paull is Yorkshire's only Napoleonic fortress.

It opened as a museum in 2000, but closed its doors in January, and its entire collection was put up for auction. 

Their collection ranges from "Henry VIII right through to Hitler", and includes what is believed to be Charles I's vertebrae, which has been converted into a salt cellar.

"We’re still finding items," Mr Baitson added.

We’re still adding lots to the auction now and we’ve only got two days to go."

Watch: Prior to its sale, we were given a tour of the Blackburn Beverley.