Interesting picture and a help for my efforts in tracking down details of the Pakistani Furies. Was this a picture of the actual Fury used in the record Neville Dukes flight or was it a stock photo used to publicise the flight? Would appreciate confirmation please
The aircraft in the photo was the one used. From part 4 of an article by Ray Williams about the Fury, which appeared in Aeroplane Monthly in March 1986: "Several point-to-point records were established by the Fury family of aircraft. The first of these was set up by Neville Duke on May 12,1949, during the delivery of the Pakistan Air Force Fury K857 (prototype F.2/43 Fury NX802) to Karachi. In fact two records were broken during this flight: London to Rome was achieved in 2hr 31min 51sec, improving by 18min 49sec the record set in November 1948 by a de Havilland Vampire. The 3,948.14 miles from London to Karachi were completed in 15hr 24min, which was 3hr 50min less than the previous record that had been set up in 1946 with an Avro Lancaster."
The 1953 (Coronation Year) ground enclosure was placed between the closed Runway No1 (28R) and the northern taxiway making photos of aircraft taxying in front of the tower and the Green Dragon cafe possible