Biggin Hill Wessex

Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby habu21 on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 5:42 pm

Not really a warbird or classic jet but nowhere else to put this.
Never thought I would ever see one of these in the skies again. This had been doing flights all day over the house so on the third pass I jumped in the the car
and hey presto! What a beautiful looking flying machine. :smile:

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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby Epic Formacion on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 6:04 pm

I doubt a better helicopter will be snapped this year. Great post.
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby SamP on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 6:13 pm

Fantastic images or a lovely old machine.

This wasn't today was it? I had an un-decodable Ghanaian on radar this morning and wondered if it was this. Kicking myself for not investigating now!
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby PeterR on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 7:43 pm

Does anyone have information on this Wessex? Will she be heading off to Ghana for Search and Rescue work as the scheme suggests? Or (what I'm hoping) is she due a repaint and staying in the UK? Just thinking what an airshow star she could be..!
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby SamP on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 7:57 pm

The scheme its in at the moment is pristine, so I'd say its just been repainted into these colours. Seeing as its been registered in Ghana I'd imagine that's where it'll soon be off to, Biggin Hill is known for Wessex restoration and maintenance and the airframes usually end up out Africa way!

The interesting question is what airframe is it? I have a feeling its Ex G-BYRC...
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby RickIngham on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 8:15 pm

They have the contract from the Ghanaian Government to maintain them so it will be going back out there I expect
Second picture is lovely!
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby Cking on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 8:30 pm

habu21 wrote:Not really a warbird


The Wessex served in Borneo, Aden, Ireland and the Falklands so that makes it a warbird in my mind.

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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby FarnboroJohn on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 8:32 pm

Cking wrote:
habu21 wrote:Not really a warbird


The Wessex served in Borneo, Aden, Ireland and the Falklands so that makes it a warbird in my mind.

Rgds Cking


Beat me to it - a warbird indeed, and what a classic aircraft!

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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby tankbuster81 on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 9:08 pm

She's a beauty!!! if only she'd continued further to maidstone.
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby hunterxf382 on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 9:22 pm

SamP wrote:The interesting question is what airframe is it? I have a feeling its Ex G-BYRC...


This one used to be XV729...

G-BYRC used to be XT671
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby SamP on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 9:28 pm

Thanks for the info, Ex 9G-BOB of African Gateway then!
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby Ledhead27 on Sun 16 Mar 2014, 10:31 pm

Stunning looking machine, fantastic catch!
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby jonny7 on Mon 17 Mar 2014, 10:28 am

"Yeh",great shots and just hope I catch the beauty one day.. :smile: :up:
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby planemadbird on Mon 17 Mar 2014, 11:25 am

What a classic beauty! That last shot is well thought out :clap:
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Mon 17 Mar 2014, 12:16 pm

What a fantastic machine. Never seen a Wessex in the air.

What happened to G-BYRC? IIRC that was on static at Biggin in 2010 - I thought it was being restored to fly in the UK?
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby Graf Zeppelin on Mon 17 Mar 2014, 9:34 pm

Cking wrote:
habu21 wrote:Not really a warbird


The Wessex served in Borneo, Aden, Ireland and the Falklands so that makes it a warbird in my mind.

Rgds Cking


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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby AB52 FLY on Tue 18 Mar 2014, 7:19 pm

Great photos Paul, I saw the Wessex that day flying close to Dunton Green.
I like your website too.

Is there anywhere to park and view aircraft at Biggin these days as things have changed a lot looking from main road. Where did you take these photos from?
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Re: Biggin Hill Wessex

Postby vierdryinn on Thu 20 Mar 2014, 9:51 pm

Lovely photos, lovely machine, 729 - ex RAF
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