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RAF Bovingdon - 1960s

Old 9th Nov 2021, 17:27
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The Albatross is just going back in to production in Australia I believe.
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Originally Posted by VictorGolf View Post
The Albatross is just going back in to production in Australia I believe.
Flight magazine announced this project just over 5 years ago. It doesn't seem to have moved on much, if at all, since then.
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Thanks for your memories KING6024. Here's an image from your period - the end of the runway - rather grainy I fear as indeed am I !


That gate just below and behind the Albatross; back in the '80s a '172 or '182 used to land then taxy across the road through that gate and park in the field behind it near the dutch barn!
The Albatross' used to operate out of Bentwaters before they got helicopters.

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Well as previously recounted one foggy morning I was standing just about at this spot when a Shackleton landed short in that very field and took the fence that you can see and the airfield fence too up the runway with its tail wheel.
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I was also standing on this spot when a Meteor T.7. landed long, left it too late to go-round, swerved off the runway to the right, whereupon the port undercarriage broke off, and it careered across the skyline in a large cloud of dust. No injuries.
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I think this was yours Jem : https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/20878

And this was some years before: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/21268



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Originally Posted by OUAQUKGF Ops View Post
Thanks for your memories KING6024. Here's an image from your period - the end of the runway - rather grainy I fear as indeed am I !




A bit of thread creep, but at a Biggin BOB display in 1953 or 1954 I managed to photo this Manston based USAF Albatross doing a Rocket Assisted Take-off - VERY noisy ISTR.

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Royal British Legion Italian War Graves Pilgrimage 1949


Courtesy Brian Harding

In 1949 Hunting Air Travel received a Contract from The British Legion to fly four thousand people to the Military War Graves in Italy. Airports used included Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Milan, Naples, Rome and Treviso. Commencing from Bovingdon on May 16th 1949 Vikings were flown with 24 passengers up to seven times a week, reaching a frequency of ten a week at the peak of the pilgrimage. (Tony Merton Jones).








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A little bit of C47 Creep.....

In addition to the Viking in the above image one can discern Halifax G-AKBR of Skyflight Ltd a company which had or was just about to cease operations. The Halifax was subsequently registered to Eagle Aviation and scrapped in March 1950. The C47 is slightly more interesting. As far as I can make out it is ZS-AVL of Pan African Air Charter , one of several dodgy South African outfits of the time offering Passenger charters to South Africa from Bovingdon, Blackbushe and Croydon. It could even be that Pan African were about to pack up at the time this photograph was taken.

Douglas DC-3 C-47 Pan African Air Charter

https://www.baaa-acro.com/operator/p...an-air-charter


This same aircraft (12981) ZS-AVL was next sold in 1950 to The Union of Burma Airways and registered as XY-ACT.

XY-ACT was hi-jacked in 1954.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28014394 The C47 depicted in this link is not the hi-jacked aircraft.

The Captain concerned was Alex Hare who I came to know when he joined Air Anglia in the early seventies to fly the Dakotas. He owned a very smart Aston Martin. I can't remember now whether it was a DB5 or DB6. He was one of the old school and a real gent. I believe he was of Ukranian birth.



Captain and Mrs Hare can be seen here. Photo credit the late Captain Charles 'Chic' Eather.




At Rangoon in 1975. Photo Brian Nichols with thanks.

XY-ACT saw good service in Burma and was then sold in 1978 to Ethiopian Airlines where it operated as ET-AGW. Unfortunately it was written off in a minor landing accident on a freight flight at Bahar Dah, Ethiopia in January 1981. Sadly I've been unable to find an image of her in Ethiopia but here are a couple of her stable-mates photographed at Addis in 1988.



Photo credit Ron Mak.


Creeping further you might enjoy this - go to Aviation Gallery:http://www.chingchic.

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