ENGLAND & SCOTLAND 2019

Copyright Ruud Leeuw Photos © R.Leeuw

Here we go again: vintage aviation found along the way, in various shapes and form: derelict & abandoned while other airframes bounce through the sky with total disregard to their age!
The 'aviation stops' were part of a holiday trip and show my preferred 'diet': castles, manor houses, nature walks, botanical gardens, pubs and indeed aviation.
But here we deal solely with the aviation stuff and I hope you will find it both entertaining as well as informative.

 

SOUTHEND AIRPORT, JUNE 2ND

HS.748 at Southend Airport, England
Two HS.748 in long term storage at Southend Airport, England

For years I had read about the storage and decline of the Hawker Siddeley 748's at Blackpool and Southend. This year I made it a point to visit two Hawker Siddely 'Budgies' while they lasted.
VH-AMQ (c/n 1603, above ) and VH-AHL (c/n 1606) are owned by the Skylark Hotel (Andreas Stavrindes) and I obtained permission at reception to take a few photos.

HS.748 at Southend Airport, England
VH-AMQ, marred by graffiti. Like they are hiding in shame in thoses bushes..
The owner of the Skylark Hotel planned to display at least one of HS748's on the road frontage, opposite
the defunct Southend Historic Air Museum. But this never came to fruition.

HS.748 at Southend Airport, England
HS.748 VH-AMQ (c/n 1603), ex/ Royal Australian Air Force A10-603. First flown in 1968 and continued
for 38 years its military career. Procured by Thameside Aviation at an auction in Australia for onward sale and
flown to the UK in Feb.2005 to Southend. And never left, though there were plenty rumors of sales over the years.

HS.748 at Southend Airport, England
Actually HS-648 (c/n 1605) was first reg'd VH-AMQ but was abandoned and scrapped at SYD-Bankstown.
C/n 1603 (Series 2 model 228) was reported as sold to USA in 2008, saw its engines removed in 2009 (may have
been the reason for the 2008 deal?). In 2010 AMQ was lifted by a crane to the Skylark Hotel next to the
Southend Airport to serve as a play center for children.
See also www.aussieairliners.org

HS.748 at Southend Airport, England
A10-603 RAAF. Auctioned in Australia at East Sale, bought by Thameside Aviation in August 2004 & ferried across
town to West Sale, under care of Edge Aviation. Bought by Ross Michael 'Mike' Hornblower and reg'd VH-AMQ.
www.planelogger.com/Aircraft/Registration/VH-AMQ/670810
Britishaviation-ptp.com/avro748

HS.748 at Southend Airport, England
Hardly a children's playground, but the weeds and nettles may serve kids staying out and not get hurt by climbing in!

HS.748 at Southend Airport, England
HS.748 Srs 2 (Model 228) VH-AHL c/n 1606. Ex/ RAAF A10-606.

HS.748 at Southend Airport, England
AHL also arrived at Southend in 2005, and its career went the same as AMQ.

HS.748 at Southend Airport, England
VH-AHL first flew in February 1969, as A10-606 with the RAAF. Pity it did not get a 2nd career.
See also www.aussieairliners.org

 

 

 

NORFOLK & SUFFOLK AVIATION MUSEUM (June 3rd)

Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum

Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum

My 2019 visit to Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum

My 2019 visit to Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum

My 2019 visit to Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum

MY EXTENSIVE REPORT OF THIS VISIT TO THE NORFOLK & SUFFOLK AVIATION MUSEUM

 

 

DAKS OVER NORMANDY - D-DAY 75 EVENT (June 2nd & 5th)
Daks over Duxford: D-Day 75 years
'D-Day 75', Daks over Duxford!


Daks over Duxford: D-Day 75 years
C-47A 'Virginia Ann' 330647/J-X5 (N62CC, c/n 25243/13798)

C-47 Placid Lassie
C-47 224064/ID-N 'Placid Lassie' (N75489, c/n 9926)


N47SJ 'Betsy's Biscuit Bomber' with 'Miss Virginia' (N47E) in the background

Daks over Duxford: D-Day 75 years

Daks over Duxford: D-Day 75 years
268830/CU-R 'D-Day Doll' (N45366, c/n 11757)


Douglas C-41A, N341A (c/n 2145)


C-47B F-AZOX (c/n 33352/16604) of Chalair passing before the parked 'Dakota Norway'

Dakota Norway
LN-WND ('268823', 'Little Egypt') of Dakota Norway developed engine problems and did not race..
What a glorious row of Gooney Birds there in the background!

Daks over Duxford: D-Day 75 years
C-47 N431HM (c/n 9995)

Li-2 HA-LIX
Li-2 HA-LIX (c/n 18433209)


C-53C OH-LCH (c/n 6346) from Finland's Airveteran


K-682 (OY-BPB, c/n 20019) of 'Foreningen for Flyvende Museumsfly'

Daks over Duxford: D-Day 75 years
DC-3A 256630 (N18121, c/n 1997)

Daks over Duxford: D-Day 75 years
C-53 N8336C (c/n 7313) of China Air Transport

Daks over Duxford: D-Day 75 years
DC-3C (C-47A) N24320 (c/n 20197) 'Miss Montana'

Daks over Duxford: D-Day 75 years
DC-3C N25641 (c/n 9059) Legend Airways of Colorado LLC

AN EXTENSIVE REPORT OF THESE AND MORE DC-3's AT DUXFORD 02+05JUN19:
PAGE ONE (D-DAY SQUADRON) + PAGE TWO (EUROPEAN REPRESENTATIVES)

 

 

HUMBERSIDE AIRPORT (June 6th)

BAe aircraft preserved at Humberside Airport
BAe aircraft preserved at Humberside Airport

BAe aircraft preserved at Humberside Airport
Jet Provost, serial 1129

 

 

JET PROVOST IN 'THE STANDARD' (PUB) BEER GARDEN (June 7th)

RAF Jet Provost in beer gardeb of The Standard pub
RAF XN458 Jet Provost in beer garden of The Standard pub

+RAF Jet Provost in beer gardeb of The Standard pub

RAF Jet Provost in beer gardeb of The Standard pub

RAF Jet Provost in beer gardeb of The Standard pub
G-GREG, a future project


RAF Jet Provost in beer gardeb of The Standard pub
Newspaper article explaining how Paul Greig, landlord of the pub The Standard, and his mates saved this Jet Provost for future generations.
Paul is an avid aviation enthusiast, his wife less so; when she was asked to comment she said she'd hoped for a water display on that spot...
He explained to me how he and his friends went to collect the jet trainer and it took them 6 hours to dismantle one wing...
A phone call to RAF Linton-on-Ouse for advise gave the trick away and the other wing was seperated in only 30 minutes! Assembly was just as easy.
It was a considerable detour for us on our holiday travels and while not primarily interested in jet trainers I salute Paul's initiative!

 

 

TWIN PIONEER G-APRS AT MAINS FARM, THORNHILL (June 16th)

xTwin Pioneer G-APRS at Thornhill, Scotland
Twin Pioneer G-APRS at Thornhill, Scotland

Twin Pioneer G-APRS at Thornhill, Scotland
I remember writing on my 2011 to the air museum at Coventry: "G-APRS has her outer wings removed, recently new
internal wing spars have been fitted. Once some new wing braces have been manufactured, then it is hoped to
complete her airframe overhaul." Sad to see it ended up here like this..

Twin Pioneer G-APRS at Thornhill, Scotland
It was moved here in 2018

Twin Pioneer G-APRS at Thornhill, Scotland

Twin Pioneer G-APRS at Thornhill, Scotland

Twin Pioneer G-APRS at Thornhill, Scotland

Sea King helo at Main Farm campground
Sea King ZA127/509-B at Main Farm campground. Hopefully G-APRS will join this helo on the campground good and proper.

 

 

 
 

 

D-DAY'S 75th ANNI FLY EVENT AT DUXFORD IWM PAGE 1 + PAGE 2
VISIT TO NORFOLK & SUFFOLK AVIATION MUSEUM
+
ENGLAND 2017
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, DUXFORD (& COLLECTIONS)
DUXFORD'S FLYING LEGENDS AIR SHOW, JULY 8th

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