Shrek - lovely pictures you've posted here ; I don't think I've seen such a pristine static F1 kept outside; I hope its well waxoyled. What a credit to the owner - the paint job looks spot on too . Thanks for sharing the fruits of your diversion from Warton. Phil
You caught this just in time Shrek, I passed it on the way to Blackpool on Sunday and it was on the back of a low-loader. I knew it was for sale having read it in a magazine earlier this year. It's not been too good at Warton of late has it.
15th October and its still there - still with the wings and fin missing but in excellent condition and also on its own legs.
The lorry park where it is closed some weeks ago so what is going to happen to XM173 I have no idea UNLESS the owner of a certain MOT centre in Melksham, where a red Hawker Hunter is at present displayed, has bought it to display once the Hunter has gone (believe Hunter is F6 - previous Hunter displayed was a T7). Don't know that he has but if I go that way I may call in and ask.
I worked on XM173 in 1964/5 whilst an SAC in the photographic section at RAF Wattisham - nice to see it again but a shame to see it cut about and just sitting there.
Lighting XM173 has been purchased by Dyson (vacuums) and has now been taken from the parking area on the A46 to their headquarters at Malmesbury in Wiltshire. It will be put back together and placed in a "Flying Position" on a plinth within the headquarters complex. I have spoken to a customer service rep from Dysons who has told me all this. It will take some time to built and fit her to the plinth as she had to withstand 30mph winds. I gather the spit in the fin will be repaired and the wings replaced. I have asked permission to go there when everything is complete to take photos of her next door to a Harrier that is already there. Dyson will contact me on completion.
Geoff Parselle - worked on XM173 at RAF Wattisham in 1964/65 - RAF photographer