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Sunday, December 16, 2012

St.Athan ABDR School

The RAF Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Training School moved to St.Athan from RAF Abingdon in 1992 on the closure of that station. It was located on East Camp in a new building and attached hangar. It moved to Cosford in 2005 on the rationalisation of St.Athan.
The following aircraft are reported to have been used by the school whilst at Saints. Pictures are from a visit by Keith Morgan on 02/12/02. Thanks Keith.

162730 AV-8B ..first noted 01/04, from Wyton ..departed to Charlwood 25/05/05
JP098 Eurofighter Test Rig ..arrived 11/07/02 from Germany ..to NDT School 05
JP098 Eurofighter Test Rig
XT284/T/8855M Buccaneer S.2A ..first noted 04/93, from Abingdon ..scrapped 01/98, nose to Stock, Essex
XT773/9123M Wessex HU.5 ..first noted 09/93, from Abingdon ..departed to Cosford 08/09/03
XT773 Wessex HU.5 (9123M)
XV337/8852M Buccaneer S.2A ..first noted 04/93, from Abingdon ..scrapped 01/98, nose to Stock, Essex
XV643/262 Seaking HAS.6 ..arrived 04/07/02 from Gosport ..departed to Cosford 24/01/06
XV643/262 S King HAS.6
XX230 Hawk T.1A rear fuselage ..first noted 12/02, from FRP ..fate unknown
XX287 Hawk T.1A rear fuselage ..first noted 12/02, from FRP ..fate unknown
XX287 Hawk T.1A Rear Fuselage
XX317 Hawk T.1A centre fuselage ..first noted 12/02, from FRP ..fate unknown
XX319 Hawk T.1 rear fuselage ..first noted 12/02, from FRP ..fate unknown
XX319 + 3 Hawk Rear Fuselage
XX722/EF/9252M Jaguar GR.1 ..first noted 01/02, from MU ..nose to 1 SoTT by 03/06, remainder scrapped 05/01/06
XX722/EF Jaguar GR.1 
XX977/DL-05/9132M Jaguar GR.1 ..first noted 09/93, from Abingdon ..departed to Ipswich by 01/11/05 XX977/DL-05 Jaguar GR.1 (9132M)
XZ322/N/9283M Gazelle AH.1 ..arrived 11/98 from Shawbury ..departed to Cosford 25/01/06
XZ322/N Gazelle AH.1 (9189M)
XZ630/8976M Tornado GR.1 ..first noted 06/99, from Bruggen ..departed to Halton 03/02/04 for display XZ630/P.12 Tornado GR.1 (8976M)
XZ938/CU-45 Gazelle HT.2 ..arrived 27/02/02 from Shawbury ..departed to Cosford
XZ938/45-CU Gazelle HT.2
XZ941/B Gazelle HT.1 ..arrived 10/10/01 from Shawbury ..departed to Cosford 25/01/06
XZ941/B Gazelle HT.1
XZ991/3A/9162M Harrier GR.3 ..first noted 04/93, from MU ..departed to Cosford 24/01/06
XZ991/3A Harrier GR.3 (9162M)
ZA399/AJ-C Tornado GR.1 ..first noted 08/03, from MU ..departed to Cosford 10/01/06
ZA466 Tornado GR.1 centre fuselage ..first noted 12/02, from dump ..scrapped
ZA466/DH Tornado GR.1 Centre Fuselage
ZA717/C Chinook HC.1 ..first noted 06/94, from Fleetlands, crashed 25/07/89 ..departed 16/12/98 to Cranwell
ZD350/9189M Harrier GR.5 ..first noted 11/94, from Wittering, crashed 07/08/92 ..departed to Ipswich by 12/05 ZD350 Harrier GR.5 (9189M)  <ff> ZD350 Harrier GR.5 (9189M) <rf>
ZD462/9302M Harrier GR.7 ..arrived 30/01/04 from Cosford ..to RSS by 01/05
ZD607 Sea Harrier F/A.2 ..first noted 12/02, from MU ..departed to Gosport 06/05
ZD607 Harrier F/A.2
ZD905 Tornado F.2 front fuselage ..first noted 12/02, from dump ..scrapped 17/12/02
ZD905 Tornado F.2 <ff>
ZD932 Tornado F.2 ..first noted 01/02, from MU ..to RSS by 10/05
ZD932/ZE255 Tornado F.2
ZD937/AQ Tornado F.2 ..first noted 09/93, from MU ..dumped by 11/00 and scrapped 02/01, fin only noted 12/02, fate unknown
ZD937/AQ Tornado F.2 Tail
Hawk T.1 rear fuselages ..first noted 12/02, from FRP ..fate unknown
Hawk Rear Fuselage

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