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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Page 30 - St Athan 17/09/1966 Airshow

R.A.F St Athan Airshow held 18/09/1965

A member from Air Britain logged the following aircraft.

Static Aircraft
Serial Type Unit Location Other Information
61-0678T-39A20thTFW/WethersfieldStatic
XB288Beverley C.1No.47 Sqdn/AbingdonStatic
XM706Gnat T.1CFS/ValleyStaticCoded "94"
FT375Harvard T.2A+AEE/Boscombe DownStatic
TG553Hastings T.5BCBS/LindholmeStaticcoded "553"
WV400Hunter T.4No.19MU/St AthanStatic
XP955Sea Vixen FAW.2899 Sqdn/YeoviltonStaticCoded "E-135"
WR981Shackleton MR.2 201 Sqdn/St Mawgan Static Coded "N"
WF374 Varsity T.1 No.2ANS/Thorney IslandStatic Coded "Z"
7844MVictor B.1 No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St Athan Static Formerly XA924
XS531 Wasp HAS.1 - Static Coded "65"
XM927 Wessex HAS.3 706 Sqdn/Culdrose Static Coded "(CU)-575"
XL835 Whirlwind HAS.7 Station Flight/HMS Goldcrest/RNAY Brawdy Static/Flying Coded "BY-13"
There was a report of a Jet Provost T.3 from CFS/Little Rissington XN548/67 - any confirmation of sightiing would be appreciated.

In use with the No.4SoTT hangar were:

Serial Type Unit Location Other Information
N1671DefiantNo.19MU/St AthanHangaron refurbishment
7703MDragonfly HR.5No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WG725
7488MHunter F.1No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WT560
(7760M)Javelin FAW.1No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarIncorrect serial listed
7718MSycamore HC.14No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WA577
7489M/BHunter F.1No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WT567
7493MHunter F.1No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WT559
7490MHunter F.1No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WT568
7525MHunter F.1No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WT619
7682MHunter F.4No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WV378
7689MP Provost T.1No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WW421
7692MP Provost T.1No.4SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WV444
7693MP Provost T.1No.4 SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WV483
7699MP Provost T.1No.4SoTT/R.A.F St AthanHangarFormerly WV541

Recorded as flying only were:
There could have been joint static/flyers.

Serial Type Unit Location Other Information
XP282Auster AOP.9No.19MU/St AthanFlying
XB288Beverley C.147 Sqdn/AbingdonFlyingCoded "U"
XT281Buccaneer S.2ANo.736 Sqdn/R.N.A.S LossiemouthFlyingCoded "-/-"
WH801Canberra PR.7No.17 Sqdn/R.A.F Wildenrath/Likely to be on MU StrengthStatic/Flying
XL449Gannet AEW.3849 Sqdn/R.N.A.S Goldcrest/R.N.A.S BrawdyStatic/FlyingCoded "763/BY"
WT804Hunter GA.11738 Sqdn/R.N.A.S BrawdyFlyingCoded "782/BY" Rough Diamonds
XE668Hunter GA.11738 Sqdn/R.N.A.S BrawdyFlyingCoded "787/BY" Rough Diamonds
XE682Hunter GA.11738 Sqdn/R.N.A.S BrawdyFlyingCoded "786/BY" Rough Diamonds
XE712Hunter GA.11738 Sqdn/R.N.A.S BrawdyFlyingCoded "785/BY" Rough Diamonds
(XE680)Hunter GA.11738 Sqdn/R.N.A.S BrawdyFlyingAlso reported as XE660 and or XE689
WB947Sedbergh TX.1No.634G.S/R.A.F St AthanStatic/Flying
XF730Shackleton MR.342 Sqdn/R.A.F St MawganFlyingCoded "F"
XT138Sioux AH.1CFS/R.A.F TernhillStatic/FlyingCoded "T"
XS884Wessex HAS.1706 Sqdn/CulroseStatic/FlyingCoded "CU/575"
WZ476Vampire T.11No.19/32MU/St AthanStatic/Flying
WZ512Vampire T.11No.7 FTS/Church FentonFlyingCoded "50"
XD515Vampire T.11No.7 FTS/Church FentonFlyingCoded "51"
XD614Vampire T.11No.7 FTS/Church FentonFlyingCoded "55"
XE857Vampire T.11No.7 FTS/Church FentonFlyingCoded "54"
XL162Victor B.2100 Sqdn/R.A.F WitteringFlying
XA911Vulcan B.1A44 Sqdn/R.A.F WaddingtonFlying

However the initial report does not list the following aircraft which were reported by an aviation enthusiast magazine. 

Serial Type Unit Location Other Information
XP282Auster AOP.9No.19MU/St AthanFlying
XB288Beverley C.147 Sqdn/AbingdonFlyingCoded "U"
XT281Buccaneer S.2ANo.736 Sqdn/R.N.A.S LossiemouthFlyingCoded "-/-"
WJ875Canberra T.4No.231 OCU/R.A.F BassingbournStatic/FlyingCoded "A"
XM490Britannia C.2No.99/511 Sqdn/R.A.F LynehamFlyingCoded "490"
WB573
Chipmunk T.10Wales UAS/R.A.F St AthanStatic/Flying
WK630Chipmunk T.10Wales UAS/R.A.F St AthanStatic/Flying
WP804Chipmunk T.10Wales UAS/R.A.F St AthanStatic/Flying
XS710 F.4C PhantomCollege of Air Warfare/ManbyFlying
XS734F.4C PhantomCollege of Air Warfare/ManbyFlying
XS736F.4C PhantomCollege of Air Warfare/ManbyFlying
64-0857 F.4C Phantom81st TFW/BentwatersFlyingCoded ?
64-0874F.4C Phantom81st TFW/BentwatersFlyingCoded ?
64-0877F.4C Phantom81st TFW/BentwatersFlyingCoded ?
64-0878F.4C Phantom81st TFW/BentwatersFlyingCoded "?
(56-2977)F.100D Sabre48th TFW/LakenheathFlyingCoded ?
-F.100D Sabre48th TFW/LakenheathFlyingCoded "?
-F.100D Sabre48th TFW/LakenheathFlyingCoded ?
XF417Hunter-Flying
XG160$Hunter F.6No.229OCU/R.A.F ChivenorFlyingCoded "22"
XG229$Hunter F.6No.229OCU/R.A.F ChivenorFlyingCoded "47"
XP662Jet Provost T.4No.1 FTS/R.A.F Linton On OuseFlyingCoded "48"
XP665Jet Provost T.4No.1 FTS/R.A.F Linton On OuseFlyingCoded "38"
XP668Jet Provost T.4No.1 FTS/R.A.F Linton On OuseFlyingCoded "50"
XR699Jet Provost T.4No.1 FTS/R.A.F Linton On OuseFlyingCoded "34"
XM178Lightning F.1ANo.226OCU/R.A.F ColtishallFlyingCoded "178"
XM1??Lightning F.1ANo.226OCU/R.A.F ColtishallFlyingCoded "1??" - potentially XM182
XM215Lightning F.1ANo.226OCU/R.A.F ColtishallFlyingCoded "215"
XM970Lightning T.4No.226OCU/R.A.F ColtishallFlyingCoded "970"
XD515Vampire T.11No.7 FTS/Church FentonFlyingCoded "51"
XD614Vampire T.11No.7 FTS/Church FentonFlyingCoded "55"
XE857Vampire T.11No.7 FTS/Church FentonFlyingCoded "54"
XL162Victor B.2100 Sqdn/R.A.F WitteringFlying
XA911Vulcan B.1A44 Sqdn/R.A.F WaddingtonFlying

The magazines conflicted with the serial for the Chivenor Hunter display aircraft listed above. Confirmation would be helpful – or in fact were there two airframes used.??

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