Lightning T.5 XS417 was the twelfth in my list of "Lightnings photographed". The current total is 41 out of 44 available and since my first visit to Newark she has been spruced up and moved into prime position in front of the main hangar!
The Hawker Hunter is a subsonic British jet developed in the 1950s. The single-seat version entered service as a manoeuvrable fighter aircraft and later operated in fighter-bomber and reconnaissance roles in numerous conflicts. Two-sear variants remained in use for training and secondary roles with the RAF and Royal Navy until the 1990s. The Hunter was widely exported serving with 21 other Air Forces and fifty years on is still in operation with the Lebanese Air Force! On the 7th September 1953 the modified first prototype, piloted by Neville Duke, broke the air speed record achieving 727.63mph, and this aircraft is preserved in Tangmere Air Museum. The Hunter was used by two RAF display teams, the "Black Arrows" who on one memorable occasion performed a 22-aircraft loop which can be seen on YouTube, and later the "Blue Diamonds" who displayed 16 aircraft. Overall 1,972 Hunters were produced by Hawker-Siddeley and it was eventually replaced in British service by the mighty EE Lightning. This particular Hunter was first flown 6th October 1954 and resides next to the A17 in Fleet Hargate.
See previous comments for the wartime history.
A mammoth recent upload there .....Geoff....I'll be back to take a gander around....real soon.../..Dave..
Thanks.....to Geoff...and David..B......from Dj.
The Gloster Javelin was an all-weather interceptor aircraft which flew with the RAF in the late 50s and most of the 60s. It was a T-tailed delta wing aircraft designed for night and all-weather operations and was the last aircraft to bear the Gloster name. It was succeeded in the interceptor role by my favourite-ever aircraft the Mighty English Electric Lightning! And not a lot of people know that!!! I drove all the way to Staverton a few months ago to photograph this aircraft because I saw it was outside the airport café on Google Earth. Only it had been moved into this new museum and it wasn't open at that time!!! and my wife still doesn't know about that jaunt!!! This particular aircraft was delivered as an FAW.7 at 19 MU at RAF St Athan in early 1959 and served with 23 Squadron at RAF Coltishall and RAF Horsham St. Faith. After a year of service it was converted to a FAW.8 but by the time it returned to RAF service in 1961 it had been converted to FAW.9. It saw service with 33, 29 and 5 Squadrons until retirement in late 1965. It was allocated as gate guard at RAF Innsworth in 1967 and remained there until the early 90s when she was replaced by a Meteor. She was then acquired by Jet Age.
This is a replica of the Gloster E28/39, the first jet-engined aircraft to fly. It was designed to test the Whittle jet engine in flight leading to the development of the Gloster Meteor. The first prototype bore the serial W4041/G and first flew on the 15th May 1941. It now resides in the Science Museum in London and there are full-size replicas on a roundabout near Farnborough Airfield and on another roundabout in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, where the aircraft's jet engine was produced. I have photographed both and they appear in my Panoramio collection! And not a lot of people know that!
The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet aircraft and its development was heavily dependant on ground-breaking turbojet engines developed by Sir Frank Whittle. The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations in July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. There were several major variants of the Meteor incorporating technological advances in the 1940s and 1950s and thousands were built to serve in the RAF and other air forces and remained in use for several decades. This aircraft served with 601 Squadron between 1952-1957 and the with station flights at Safi, Takali and Idris. It last served with 85 Squadron retiring in 1971 and going "on the gate" at RAF Kemble the following year. Twenty years later it was bought on behalf of Meteor Flight but when plans to fly it again were abandoned it was bought by former Gloster test pilot and Jet Age patron, Peter Cadbury, for the museum.
This museum opened on 24th August 2013 adjacent to Gloucestershire Airport. It all began with a temporary exhibition in a hangar also adjacent to the airport but this had close when it was announced the hangar was to be demolished. Plans for the new museum were approved in January 2011 and this is the result. It is volunteer-run and houses a number of aircraft, aero engines, cockpits and other related exhibits. Aircraft there are: Gloster Javelin FAW.9 XH903, Gloster Meteors T.7 WF784 (outside), F.8 WH364 and T.7 VW453, Gloster Gamecock (reproduction), Gloster E28-39 (full-scale model) and Hawker Hurricane (full-scale model).There is also, as can be seen, the forward fuselage of Avro Vulcan B.2 XM569 and the cockpit is open to visitors. The very first British jet aeroplane, the Gloster 28-39, took off just three miles from this museum 74 years ago and the jet age had begun. The aim of this museum is to save and commemorate Gloucestershire's world-class aviation history, both its aircraft and people, for the enjoyment and education of the public. They describe themselves as not just another aviation museum but a local history museum as well. Above all they are the museum of the former Gloster Aircraft Company which designed and built many famous aeroplanes in the area. They are a real friendly & helpful bunch and I hope to attend the official opening of the museum in 2014.
Pleased to hear that. I believe they are doing quite well on Anglesey in north Wales after they took measures to eradicate the greys from the island.