As World War II drew to a close, Britains aircraft companies were aware of the fact that development was to become even more important for their existence. Designs were constantly being developed with a view to producing aircraft that would satisfy the requirements of both the military and the potentially lucrative civil market. One such company, General Aircraft Ltd, decided to merge with Blackburn Aircraft Ltd to form Blackburn and General Aircraft Ltd, based at Brough, East Yorkshire. They were awarded a contract to construct for the RAF the charismatic Blackburn Beverley; the largest transport aircraft to enter RAF service during the 1950s. This story of the aircraft is comprehensively covered utilising over 180 colour and black and white photographs. A description of the aircrafts service history around the world with the RAF is covered, using maps where required.