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by Wyvernfan
Mon 30 Nov 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History
Replies: 10
Views: 910

Re: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History

Many thanks for that Arno, that helps enormously. I have an engine panel from ‘484 which still shows the ‘Spade’ emblem from its time with 771 NAS, plus traces of the different paint colours used during its career. But my real confusion was the fact that the top coat is a hand painted dark green (po...
by Wyvernfan
Sat 21 Nov 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History
Replies: 10
Views: 910

Re: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History

Thanks Eric. That was with 771 squadron, and I’m looking for it’s other operators if possible!
by Wyvernfan
Sat 21 Nov 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History
Replies: 10
Views: 910

Re: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History

Thanks Pete. Any idea which squadron that was?
by Wyvernfan
Sat 21 Nov 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History
Replies: 10
Views: 910

Re: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History

Thank you Keith. Regarding the sand and spinach livery - any idea what squadron that would have been as there’s a chance it may have entered RN service in 1964 in those colours, coded ‘469 RS’?
by Wyvernfan
Sat 21 Nov 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History
Replies: 10
Views: 910

Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History

I know the first flight, delivery date to the Royal Navy and when this particular Wessex was scrapped but I would appreciate some help with what happened to it in between, such as it’s first squadron, was it used in the Falklands War, did it subsequently serve with the RAF etc? Any help gratefully r...
by Wyvernfan
Sun 15 Nov 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Sea Vixen update
Replies: 25
Views: 6158

Re: Sea Vixen update

Totally understandable news re the Sea Vixen and I’ll be very pleased to see another Sea Fury active - especially a single seater, but I wonder why the Sea Hawk hasn’t taken the Sea Vixens place in the line for restoration to airworthiness?
by Wyvernfan
Mon 07 Sep 2020, 5:34 am
Forum: Airline & Commercial Aviation Photos
Topic: Stansted AN-12
Replies: 3
Views: 1214

Re: Stansted AN-12

Nice capture especially at Stansted. I don’t think I’ve seen one yet!
by Wyvernfan
Mon 24 Aug 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Bruntingthorpe Closure?
Replies: 237
Views: 43760

Re: Bruntingthorpe Closure?

Fantasy fairyland, really Mike, and what about before lockdown? And surely the reality is that the RAF museum has far more resources than some might care to remember. For example did they not exchange a valuable Spitfire airframe in a deal that was supposed to bring the ex Dennis Copping P-40 to th...
by Wyvernfan
Sun 23 Aug 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Bruntingthorpe Closure?
Replies: 237
Views: 43760

Re: Bruntingthorpe Closure?

Some enthusiasts seem to inhabit a fantasy fairyland, where space, money and resource are unlimited and no curatorial decisions are required. “We’ll have one of everything please, especially the big stuff!” The reality is that all museums are hurting from the effects of lockdown. Some have had to m...
by Wyvernfan
Sat 22 Aug 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Bruntingthorpe Closure?
Replies: 237
Views: 43760

Re: Bruntingthorpe Closure?

Agreed.... And yet Hendon CAN find the resources to recover the remains of a WW2 Luftwaffe bomber that barely resembles its original form. So, are we to deduce from this that the RAF museum decided that the thirty years of stirling work of a modern day RAF refuelling Aircraft is far less worthy of ...
by Wyvernfan
Sat 22 Aug 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Bruntingthorpe Closure?
Replies: 237
Views: 43760

Re: Bruntingthorpe Closure?

Agreed.... And yet Hendon CAN find the resources to recover the remains of a WW2 Luftwaffe bomber that barely resembles its original form. So, are we to deduce from this that the RAF museum decided that the thirty years of stirling work of a modern day RAF refuelling Aircraft is far less worthy of r...
by Wyvernfan
Sat 22 Aug 2020, 4:20 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Bruntingthorpe Closure?
Replies: 237
Views: 43760

Re: Bruntingthorpe Closure?

I had always hoped that one of the Tristars there would make it into preservation in the UK. Regardless of the fact that it’s not a British type - which some seem to hold against it, after thirty years of service in the RAF it surely deserves a place in our preservation.
by Wyvernfan
Thu 20 Aug 2020, 7:41 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Bruntingthorpe Closure?
Replies: 237
Views: 43760

Re: Bruntingthorpe Closure?

But presumably the sale was made by The Walton family without any guarantees for the airframes on site that are not owned by the Waltons being part of the deal? It just sounds like the idea of a museum continuing there is an after thought rather than a priority - a surprising situation given that mo...
by Wyvernfan
Thu 20 Aug 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Bruntingthorpe Closure?
Replies: 237
Views: 43760

Re: Bruntingthorpe Closure?

Archer wrote:
Thu 20 Aug 2020, 1:25 pm
If the VC10s are still at Bruntingthorpe on October 31st, the owner will be taken to court and he will have to remove them. If that happens, the scrapman’s axe may be involved.
And that’s by Airfield owners who previously purported to be aviation enthusiasts, right?
by Wyvernfan
Sat 08 Aug 2020, 5:57 am
Forum: General Aviation Photos
Topic: Sywell Visit 07.08.20...Moroccan AW139
Replies: 1
Views: 652

Re: Sywell Visit 07.08.20...Moroccan AW139

Nice shots of the P-51.
by Wyvernfan
Sat 08 Aug 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: Warbird & Classic Jet Photos
Topic: Duxford Diary 2020
Replies: 270
Views: 126294

Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Great photos all. Berlin Express looks so much better without the naff white wall tyres IMO!
by Wyvernfan
Wed 05 Aug 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Sea Fury forced landing in Harston, Cambs.
Replies: 44
Views: 8157

Re: Sea Fury forced landing in Harston, Cambs.

“False landing” dear oh dear what BS. Forced landing, emergency landing, wheels up landing.. take your pick of a more accurate description. But describing it as a false landing is imo just a way of trying to put a PC spin on what was a serious incident with, very happily, a miraculous escape for the...
by Wyvernfan
Fri 17 Jul 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: BA retires entire Boeing 747 fleet
Replies: 160
Views: 15683

Re: BAA retires entire Boeing 747 fleet

[/quote]And the retro schemed jet from last (?) year really did look the mutt's nuts, didn't it? :cool:
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Would love to see that one preserved in the UK - just don’t ask me where though!
by Wyvernfan
Mon 13 Jul 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: General Aviation Photos
Topic: Scone 12 July 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 750

Re: Scone 12 July 2020

What’s with the engine cowling on the Jodel - it looks decidedly battered!
by Wyvernfan
Fri 10 Jul 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Heads Up/OTT
Topic: BBMF Flypast for Dame Vera Lynn
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: BBMF Flypast for Dame Vera Lynn

A very fitting tribute too, God bless her!
by Wyvernfan
Sat 27 Jun 2020, 7:06 am
Forum: Modern Military Photos
Topic: Sweden's Pocket Rocket at Edinburgh
Replies: 12
Views: 2348

Re: Sweden's Pocket Rocket at Edinburgh

Nice capture, and a pleasing colour scheme too. I don’t recall ever seeing one.

Is this part of the superb Historic flight?
by Wyvernfan
Thu 25 Jun 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 424
Views: 173084

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

That’s a really nice job on getting the Dragonfly panels working. As much as we all like Meteors, the Dragonfly is a lovely little diversion and a bit different from the norm!
by Wyvernfan
Wed 24 Jun 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Heads Up/OTT
Topic: Vampire -Leicestershire
Replies: 3
Views: 981

Re: Vampire -Leicestershire

Good to hear that ‘507 is still alive and well. A truly awesome vintage jet that seems to of been around forever!
by Wyvernfan
Tue 23 Jun 2020, 6:06 am
Forum: Airline & Commercial Aviation Photos
Topic: Volga-Dnepr IL.76 RA-76951 , Stansted 21-06-2020
Replies: 1
Views: 754

Re: Volga-Dnepr IL.76 RA-76951 , Stansted 21-06-2020

As I was driving I saw this coming towards me on finals so I stopped and filmed it as it flew overhead, first one I’ve seen at Stansted for sometime and a rare treat. Just like all Russian heavies for me the IL-76 is such a distinctive and fascinating aircraft. Nice photos and thanks for posting! Rob
by Wyvernfan
Sat 13 Jun 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Warbird & Classic Jet Photos
Topic: Duxford Diary 2020
Replies: 270
Views: 126294

Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Possibly had trouble getting the decal out of the saucer in one piece 😃