First flying on 10 August, 1951, the Short Sperrin was designed as an insurance against the more ambitious projects under development at Avro and Handley Page. With the success of the Vickers Valiant however, the end was brought prematurely for the off-shoot 4th V-Bomber; just two examples flew as test-beds until 1957/58.
Arik Air shuts down all operations Arik Airline'sinability to pay its debt owned to its suppliers of aviation fuel and also the airlines insurers in Europe have reportedly withdrawn insurance cover from the airline and shut down operations altogether. The airlineallegedlyowes its suppliers of aviation fuel N3 billion. Most of the airline's flights have beencancelled today following these development.