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Supermarine Swift Photo's Needed

Old 6th Apr 2016, 08:33
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Vague recollection Dizzy Addicot proposed using a Swift with it wings removed for a Land Speed Record attempt in the early/mid 60s but Craig Breedlove appears to have beaten him to it.
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Old 6th Apr 2016, 08:45
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I was gliding at Cranfield in 1965-6 and the Swift was still used occasionally with the undercarriage locked down. There were shallow rubber tanks on the runway which were filled with water for the trials. In 1966 it was replaced by a Hunter and we were told that the Swift was going to be converted into a vehicle for an attempt on the world land speed record. That obviously never happened.
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Old 6th Apr 2016, 09:13
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Which probably tells us the date of that photograph as 1966 +/-1yr.

The rubber tanks for contaminated runway tests still come out occasionally I believe.

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Old 6th Apr 2016, 10:44
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According to the Ken Ellis book I looked at this morning Dizzy had another Swift in mind for the Land Speed Record, but I have not memorised the serial number for that one. I will look it up later today.
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Old 6th Apr 2016, 10:51
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They were known as 'slush pits' and were used for tests following the Munich Air Disaster, we were told when I was doing my PPL at Rogers Aviation in 1968.

We were also told that no harm would come of any encounter between our little C150s and the pits, but that we should aim to land beyond them on that RW.

On my first solo, I got too low and slow on my first approach, landed just before the slush pits, bounced and went around for a second attempt - which went fine.

Unfortunately everyone thought it was deliberate - the spray of water was quite impressive, I gather! But it wasn't, it was my error!

Of course if I'd been taught using the 'point and power', I'd probably have landed at the correct spot.

A late family friend flew the Swift F7 with 1 GWDS at RAF Valley in 1957 - he was less than complimentary about it, but enjoyed the flying.
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Old 6th Apr 2016, 16:34
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Originally Posted by JENKINS View Post
Wonder if the RAE Swift at filling station in Herefordshire exists still. Useful ad-hoc target in days gone by.
Yes, WK275 still exists, on its way here for restoration with its new owners somewhere in Yorkshire:

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Old 7th Apr 2016, 18:43
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Getting back to 'Dizzy' Addicott, according to 'Testing to the Limits' he purchased FR.5 WK277 (not XF114) as surplus from 2 School of Technical Training at Cosford for GBP225 to use in the Land Speed Record attempt. This is the airframe that is now at Newark.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 08:33
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Arrow

The Tangmere Swift





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Old 9th Apr 2016, 15:59
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Briefly, being on 79 (FR) Squadron 1954/57), I have some snaps that could be useful ? Can I email them to you sometime ?

What fascinates me is the years between your first request & this sudden resurgence of activity. ???
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Old 10th Apr 2016, 16:15
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As an aside note,S-S mentioned in #4 about a lady having a Firefly and a Balliol...Anyone know anything more ,who,where ,when,what now...?
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Old 10th Apr 2016, 17:09
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As an aside note,S-S mentioned in #4 about a lady having a Firefly and a Balliol...Anyone know anything more ,who,where ,when,what now...?
Presumably those are the Balliol and Firefly bits that were at Millom alongside the Swift.

If so, the Balliol (WN516) is now in storage at Baxterley with the Staffordshire Aircraft Restoration Team and the Fireflies (two aircraft, VT409 and WD889) are with a new owner in Newton Abbott, Devon.

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VT409:



WD889:

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Old 11th Apr 2016, 02:46
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I was given a model Swift for Christmas - must have been about 1958. It was mounted on a 12 inch length of flexible wire, encased in white plastic, that extended from the jet pipe to a rubber sucker. This was a representation of a contrail. Mine was mounted on a mirror in my room, and the wire adjusted to give the impression of two aircraft performing a manoeuvre in formation.
Funny that I can recall such detail over 50 years later ... or maybe sad!
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Old 11th Apr 2016, 05:06
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Originally Posted by reynoldsno1 View Post
I was given a model Swift for Christmas - must have been about 1958. It was mounted on a 12 inch length of flexible wire, encased in white plastic, that extended from the jet pipe to a rubber sucker. This was a representation of a contrail. Mine was mounted on a mirror in my room, and the wire adjusted to give the impression of two aircraft performing a manoeuvre in formation.
Funny that I can recall such detail over 50 years later ... or maybe sad!
I think those Contrail models were by Corgi in an effort to compete with Dinky Toys - I had the Dinky Swift.
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Old 11th Apr 2016, 10:11
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I had the Dinky Swift.
Which was horrible around the canopy!.....
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Old 15th Apr 2016, 12:32
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Swift

This was taken at RAF Finningley air show in the 70s.


Swift W by philip elcock, on Flickr
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Old 21st Apr 2016, 15:16
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I may have been mistaken, but I seem to remember a swift being in the corner of one of the hangars at Raf Swinderby, during my basic square bashing in 1978. As well as a Mossie.?
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Old 21st Apr 2016, 15:29
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The Swift would have been the one now at Tangmere, WK281 and the Mosquito TJ138, now at Hendon.
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Old 25th Apr 2016, 20:58
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Where is the Swift from Skyfame museum?
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Old 25th Apr 2016, 21:20
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Where is the Swift from Skyfame museum?
I don't recall ever having seen a Swift at Skyfame, though that's not to say they didn't have one at some stage.

Do you have a serial for it ?
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Old 30th Apr 2016, 09:32
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Skyfame Swift

I don't recall a Swift at Skyfame either. So .... I've checked in Ken Ellis superb book 'Lost Aviation Collections of Britain'. Chapter 4 is devoted to The Short Sunderland Trust and Skyfame and includes a narrative of aircraft movements plus a comprehensive list (pages 52 and 53). Sadly, no Swift.

Thread drift - Skyfame is entirely responsible for my love affair with the DeHavilland Mosquito ...!
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