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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Page 53 - St Athan Airshow 1988

Mikeyf’s trip recorded the following participants at the Battle of Britain At Home Airshow on 24th Sept 1988 – with thanks to BAR for additional notes

The airshow was severely disrupted due to atrocious weather i.e. Gales and rain whilst a few flying participants were unable to fly from Abingdon show due to debris blocking the runway. This being due to the previous days sad crash of Phantom FGR.2 XV428/CC

82-0650/WR(pr) A-10A 510thTFS/81stTFW/Woodbridge AFB
133094 CT-133A 1stCAD/GTTF/Solingen AFB/RCAF/WG
ET-205 F-16B ESk-727/Skrydstrup AFB/Danish AF
[actually didn’t carry any sqdn marks carried – pilots confirmed unit]
AT-154 Saab SK.35XB ESk-725/Karup AFB/Danish AF
XS643/643 Andover E.3A 115 Sqdn/Brize Norton
XT288 Buccaneer S.2B 12 Sqdn/Lossiemouth
XN972 Buccaneer RAFEF/Abingdon- really XN962’s cockpit area.
WJ682 /CU Canberra PR.7 100 Sqdn/Wyton
XW266/S Harrier T.4 233 OCU/Wittering
XX351/351 Hawk T.1A 1 TWU/234 Sqdn/Brawdy
XG154/54 Hunter FGA.9 St Athan MU Store – [1TWU marks/8863M not carried]
XL568/N Hunter T.7 12 Sqdn/Lossiemouth
XZ373/GF Jaguar GR.1A 54 Sqdn/Coltishall
XP558/(8627M) Jet Provest T.4 CTTS/St Athan
XX500/H Jetstream T.1 6 FTS/Finningley
(G-ALYW) Nimrod RAFEF/Abingdon – mock fuselage
XT892/X Phantom FGR.2 56 Sqdn/Wattisham
TE311 Spitfire XVie RAFEF/Abingdon
ZA409/409 Tornado GR.1 45 Sqdn/TWCU/Honington
ZD707 /BK Tornado GR.1 14 Sqdn/Bruggen
ZE157/AH Tornado F.3 229 OCU/Coningsby
[all last three were believed to be on the MU strength - brought out of hangars for day!]
ZA600 Tornado replica RAFEF/Abingdon-plastic airframe[27 Sqdn mks]
ZA141/B VC-10 K.2 101 Sqdn/Brize Norton

Hangar 341
(XP680)/8460M Jet Provest T.3 BDRF/St Athan
ZE698 Sea Harrier FRS.1 St Athan MU
ZD744 Tornado GR.1 St Athan MU

Hangar 371 – Historic Aircraft Musuem
WE600/[7602M] Auster Antartic
BAPC 47 Watkins Monoplane
EE549/(7008M) Meteor IV special
WS843/(7937M) Meteor NF.14 coded Y
G-AEEH Pon Du Ciel
Z7197/(8380M) Procter III
XN341 /(8022M) Skeeter AOP.12
WK281/(7712M) Swift FR.5 coded S/79 Sqdn marks
WL505/(7705M) Vampire FR.9
XR486/(8727M) Whirlwind HCC.12 Queen’s Flight colours
/(8476M /BAPC.83) Ki100

Hangar 373 – BDRF training hangar
XW545/(8859M) Buccaneer S.2B BDRF/St Athan
WK144/(8689M) Canberra B.2 BDRF/St Athan - rear fuselage only
(XN458)/8234M Jet Provest T.3 BDRF/St Athan

Hangar 374 – Historic Aircraft Musuem
L5343 Battle I
120227/(8472M) He-162A-2 coded 2
/(BAPC.82) Fi103
(475081)(7362M) Fi-156C-7 Coded GM+AK
(8484M/BAPC 84) Ki-46
(112372)/(8472M) Me-262-2a coded X
TJ138/(7607M) Mosquito TT.35
MK356/(5690M) Spitfire IX coded 21-V

Outside Hangar – Historic Aircraft Musuem
WD935/(8440M) Canberra B.2
584219/(8470M) FW-190F-8/U1 coded 38
420430/(8482M) Me410-1/U2 coded CC
WV499/(7698M) P Provest T.1 coded P-G
XM602 Vulcan B.2 101 Sqdn marks

80-0215/WR (pr) A-10A 510thTFS/81stTFW/Woodbridge AFB
AT-29 AlphaJet 9 Wing/Brustum AFB/RBAF
J-864 F-16A 312 Sqdn/KLU – special marks
J-656 F-16B 312 Sqdn/KLU
ZE396 BAe125 CC.3 32 Sqdn/Northolt
XN976 Buccaneer S.2B 12 Sqdn/Lossiemouth
XX612/05 Bulldog T.1 Wales UAS/St Athan
XX625/01 XX626/02 XX628/04
Gazelle HT.3 2 FTS/Shawbury
ZA802/W Gazelle HT.3 2 FTS/Shawbury
XX266 Hawk T.1A Red Arrows/Scampton
with a further seven unknown examples
XX283/Z Hawk T.1A 2 TWU/151 Sqdn/Chivenor
XX329/C Hawk T.1A 2 TWU/151 Sqdn/Chivenor
XX737/GG Jaguar GR.1A 54 Sqdn/Coltishall
XZ355/J Jaguar GR.1A 41 Sqdn/Coltishall with XZ357/K and XZ358/L

ZE369 Sea King HAR.3 202 Sqdn/Brawdy
ZE693 Sea Harrier FRS.1 unit not known
XS676/WJ Wessex HC.2 2 FTS/Shawbury
XV730 Wessex HC.2 22 Sqdn/Chivenor
G-HUEY UH-1H RAF Benevolent Fund

XV156/(8773M) Buccaneer S.2A dumped fuselage only
WK144/(8689M) Canberra B.2 dumped fuselage + wings only
XV747 Harrier GR.3 St Athan MU – dumped airframe
[still carrying 233 OCU/Wittering marks]
XV782 Harrier GR.3 St Athan MU – dumped airframe
XV793 Harrier GR.3 St Athan MU – dumped airframe
[Both carried their old 4 Sqdn/Laarbruch marks – XV793 did NOT carry a serial, this being obtained from its build number on airframe]
XW764 Harrier GR.3 St Athan MU – dumped airframe
[still with 3 Sqdn/Laarbruch marks]
XF526/78/E Hunter F.6 dumped
XL163 Victor K.2 dumped – 57 Sqdn marks

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