It's Back! - Graf Zeppelin's Wrecks & Relics - Parts 1 to 4

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It's Back! - Graf Zeppelin's Wrecks & Relics - Parts 1 to 4

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Along with the various lumps of exotica Phil has photographed on his travels, he also caught a large number of aircraft in various states of disrepair at various locations.

Starting at Manston on 24 October 1971

Vulcan B.1A XH483
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Javelin FAW.6 XA829
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Hastings C.1 TG501
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RAF Museum Store at Henlow, 25 October 71

Shackleton MR.3/3 XF703
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Shawbury, 28 October 71

Lots of JP fuselage centre sections
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Luton, 13 November 71

Whirlwind HAS.7 XK907
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Kemble, 25 November 71

"Celebrity" Canberra B.16 WJ777
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Various Meteors
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Argosys
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Binbrook, 13 February 74

Spitfire F.22 PK664. This aircraft was the one which the RAF Museum "paid" Kennet Aviation for the recovery and return of the P-40 which was found in the desert in Egypt a couple of years ago, and is still to make it's way back to the UK
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Halton, 1 August 78

Twin Pioneer CC.1 XM961
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More to follow as I find them...
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Great record of years gone by. Are you sure that's Binbrook in February :ghost:

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Next batch...

Higher Blagdon, 9 August 73

Dragonfly HR.3 WN499/CU-911
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Catterick, 24 August 73

Hunter F.4 8002M/XF304
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Various bits of Meteors and a Shackleton
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Four Ways Garage, Feltham, 9 September 73

Two ex-Belgian Air Force Hunters ID52 and ID53
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Knebworth Hall, 8 October 73

Vampire T.11 XE985
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Motive Power Museum at Lytham St Annes, 4 December 73

Vampire T.11 XK624
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Provost T.1 7688M/WW421
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Castle Donington, 13 November 73

Ex-Muscat and Oman Air Force C-47, 501 (one-time personal transport of General Dwight D Eisenhower)
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Potteries Museum, Stoke, 13 November 73

Spitfire LF.XVI RW388/U4-U (it's amazing what you can grow in some places!)
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Royal Umpire Museum, Croston, 4 December 73

Vampire T.11 XD535
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BAC Samlesbury, 11 December 73

Canberra B(I).6 XG554
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Woodvale, 11 December 73

Meteor T.7 WA718
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Chalgrove, 17 December 73

Meteor 'Special' WA634. This aircraft demonstrated a runway ejection (on purpose, and complete with German pilot!) at the 1958 Hanover Airshow!!
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Bicester, 24 January 74

Spitfire LF.XVIc MK732
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1756 ATC Sqn, Broxburn, 11 February 74

Vampire T.11 XD444
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Love the "40612" on the Belgian Hunters - those were the days!

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Part 3 - "The Vampire Strikes Back"

13 November 73

Vampire T.11 XD534 at Cheadle Hulme School
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Vampire T.11 XK627 at Hazel Grove School
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1855 ATC Sqn, Royton

Meteor NF.14 WS726
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Vampire T.11 XK637
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1 June 74

Meteor NF.14 WS776 at North Luffenham
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18 July 74

Vampire T.11 XE872 at the Blue Lias Inn, Warwickshire
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Shackleton MR.2C WL751 at Baginton
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19 July 74

Vampire T.11 XH312 at 2506 ATC Squadron, Knutsford
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Vampire T.11 XD540 at the Royal School for the Deaf, Handforth, Cheshire
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Vampire T.11 WZ505 at Bramhall High School
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Vampire T.11 XD434 at Manchester University, Barton
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20 July 74

Vampire T.11 XE993 at 59 ATC Squadron, Huddersfield
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Lightning F.1s XM163, XM145 and XM164 at Leconfield
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20th July 1974. My birthday and first airshow at Binbrook.

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Did not know the Deaf School had a vampire, its only around the corner from me. I remember the one at Hazel Grove High however as i used to pass it in my parents cars. When i was there from 1983 to 1988 it was just a memory,

However. The pod of it still survives, its in 56 sqn colours now.

Somre great memories there thanks Phil.
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Great to see these. It's almost like looking at an online photographic version of a back issue of the Wrecks & Relics book itself!
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Vampire XD434 the one at Barton Also survives and is at the Fenland Air Museum currently being refurbished. So does XD534 which is lovingly cared for by the Aeropark at East Midlands Airport.
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Truly excellent photos, as always. Love all the silver/dayglo trainer schemes. If only I was old enough to go and see these!

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Did Phil run out of pics?

Love to see anymore...

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Farnborough Bob you will see a silver/ dayglow Meteor NF14 when we finish WS788 at Yorkshire Air Museum
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Hello, boys, I'm b-a-a-a-c-k!!

After a bit of pestering and cajoling from His Nibs, here are some more aircraft in various states of repair.

2 August 1974

Vampire T.1 7203M / TG349 at Baldock
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23 July 1975

Some properly broken aircraft, including a Hunter of sorts (possibly at Predannack?)
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22 July 1975

RAF Locking

7118M / LA198/JX-C - Spitfire F.21
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7920M / WL360 - Meteor T.7
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19 May 1976

Canberras and a couple of 'Whistling T*ts' at RAF Halton

7387M / WD999 - Canberra B.2
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8492M / WJ872 - Canberra T.4
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It's also a little-known fact that the RAF conducted a series of trials with the aim of creating man-eating aircraft in the 1960s...

8204M / XM271 - Canberra B(I).8
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8221M / XP409 - Argosy C.1
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8454M / XP442 - Argosy T.2
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As ever, more info about the airframes can be found on Phil's Flickr pages.
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Welcome back :yahoo:

Could the possible Predannack Hunter and Varsity be at Weston Super Mare airfield ?? Which was still semi active in the 70s.

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Well it looks like a Varsity ??

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Binbrook 01 wrote:Welcome back :yahoo:

Could the possible Predannack Hunter and Varsity be at Weston Super Mare airfield ?? Which was still semi active in the 70s.

Tim


I think you are right from memory! :clap:
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Great stuff!

Are the target tug wings in the Baldock shot the Fairey Battles K7571 and R7361 as I am sure that I saw them there at around that time?

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I don't know Ralph. I didn't clamber over the pile! :smile:
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Excellent stuff as always, thanks for sharing.

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Jetnoise wrote:Great stuff!

Are the target tug wings in the Baldock shot the Fairey Battles K7571 and R7361 as I am sure that I saw them there at around that time?

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Was this the scrapyard next to Baldock station?

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King Cobra wrote:
Jetnoise wrote:Great stuff!

Are the target tug wings in the Baldock shot the Fairey Battles K7571 and R7361 as I am sure that I saw them there at around that time?

Cheers,
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Was this the scrapyard next to Baldock station?


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Any chance of a revival Graf?

:ninja: :ninja:

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Lets see what can be managed! :)
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Excellent news. Something to cure the current situation

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Excellent series of photo's. I'm especially intrigued by the last shot which features 8454M/XP442-Argosy T.2 (Whistling T*t) evidently 'post augmentation' with a super nipple!! :biggrin: :yahoo:

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