RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby Thunder City Veteran on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 3:21 pm

Some family photos to share. I live near the old Langar airfield in Nottinghamshire, which is these days home to the British Parachute School. My Grandad was an engineer for A.V.Roe in the late 50's to late 60's when the airfield was occupied by them for modification work on Shackleton (all marks), Lincolns, Lancasters (mainly for the french, argentine & peruvians), Yorks & early vulcans. VX770 was fitted here with the Conway engines & as my grandad fondly remembers, the test pilot who picked it up to take it back to woodford, went near vertical just after lift off, with brand new new engines fitted! Langar also did modification work for Glosters on Meteors, particularly F8's T7's & PR versions. The last photo shows a casualty of brake failure off the end of Runway 09. The KB-50 was a visitor from Whethersfield & the CF-100 flown in from Farnborough where it was a participant in that years show.

The Royal Canadian Air Force used Langar in the early 50's & my Grandad took these at an Open Day in 55. The Shackleton Mk2 looks lovely fresh out of the workshops & he recalls it left for St.Mawgan that afternoon. Langar was only a handful of Canadian bases in europe at that time (the other in the UK being North Luffenham), from where the Canadair Sabre is a visitor. The Bristol Freighters were common visitors shifting freight from Langar to bases on the continent. I believe the Canberra was Coningsby based & the Chipmunk was local from Newton.

Looking at the airfield today, it is a real shame it was never put to better use later in life.

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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby Arthur Tee on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 4:23 pm

Wow!

The quality (and subject matter) of these is fantastic! :clap:

Thanks very much for posting.

Arthur
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby nigelblake on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 4:29 pm

Fantastic, what an interesting set of images, from the year I was born.
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby Keefy041 on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 6:13 pm

Fantastic stuff.
Any chance of pictures of the Lancasters and Lincolns you mentioned ? Especially export stuff.
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby RoverDriver on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 8:17 pm

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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby Thunder City Veteran on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 8:51 pm

Keefy041 wrote:Fantastic stuff.
Any chance of pictures of the Lancasters and Lincolns you mentioned ? Especially export stuff.


Oh..I wish!.. Still lots of stuff to go through..so watch this space! :hypno:
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby canard67 on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 9:21 pm

Great pictures, I used to work with a chap at Woodford who used to drive to Langar to open the tower for Avro test flights.
I suspect the photos with the JP are a few years after 1955.
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby st24 on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 10:31 pm

Yet more superb quality B&W images. Fantastic to see, really liking the Canuck, Freighter and T-bird,... :drool: :clap:
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby Westy on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 11:04 pm

Brilliant post - can't wait for more.
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby graham luxton on Sun 29 Jan 2012, 12:16 am

What a great post. I agree with canard67 though, not all were taken in 1955.
For example the KB-50J 8094, which is in the markings of the 420th AirRefSqdn, Sculthorpe.
Prior to the 420th, this served with the 4505th AirRefWing at TurnerAFB,Ga as a KB-50 before being converted to a KB-50J at Birmingham,Al in Jan'59. It was then delivered to Sculthorpe in Mar'59. Also, taking its unit citation and 4-digit tail number into account I reckon this was photographed during the 1959-1961 period.

Looking forward to seeing more,
cheers,
Graham
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby warferry on Sun 29 Jan 2012, 9:31 am

Maybe as its my era but these are real Golden oldies thanks.
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby swingy on Sun 29 Jan 2012, 11:18 am

great post
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby Buccaneer on Sun 29 Jan 2012, 4:19 pm

Fantastic set of photos from a rarely photographed place. The date for all the 'airshow' items was 8th July 1961, not sure about dates for the colour shot or the Meteor.

Meteor update...............

This would appear to be F.8 WK752 of RAF Flying College which suffered brake failure on landing and ran into a ditch on 4th June 1956, info from UK Serials website.
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Re: RCAF Langar, Nottinghamshire Open Day 1955

Postby foxfour on Mon 30 Jan 2012, 8:39 pm

Another superb set of images in this forum. Thank you so much for posting.
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