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Burnaston Airfield

Do any of you oldsters remember Burnaston Airport Derby.
Originally RAF EFT - now a Toyota Factory !!
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Old 10th Feb 2018, 16:36
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Rhetorical question: you're in Dunstable, what do you remember about the 'original' Luton Municipal Airport at Barton in the Clay?
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I remember Burnaston, I flew in there summer 1964 in a Rollason Condor on the way to Ireland.
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I remember Burnaston, about 1963 and the cemetery for Derby Aviation's H.P. Marathons. Looking into that hangar with the dust covered planes still gives me a feeling of sadness.
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Yes, remember Derby Airways operating from Burnaston with DC3s and I believe the Argonauts also. Remember the Marathons although before my time in aviation. I knew a couple of pilots who had flown the Marathon.....one of them finished his career on BA 747s and one of the Derby Airways Duty Officers worked with me in ATC.

I would be interested to have confirmation about the Argonauts?

And of course Sunderland Usworth also became a car factory.
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Chevron, Came to Luton in 61 with Autair so it was all very modern especially after Burnaston !!
Re Burnaston it was a EFTS originally and there were loads of outbuildings full of bits and pieces that the RAF appeared to just have walked away from.
The original group were from Wolverhampton Flying Club who moved there. The "airline" was started with a Rapide !
Then we had Marathons and finally the big league with DC3 !!
We also had most Miles products including an Immaculate Hawk Speed Six that Ron Paine flew every year in the Kings Cup.
The Argonauts came after the DC just before the move to Castle Donnington
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Did one of the Argonauts go to Panshanger? I remember reading an article on 'finding' airfields saying 'if Keegan ever sells that DC4, we'll never find Panshanger again'.(RAF Flying Review c1963/4)
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Did one of the Argonauts go to Panshanger? I remember reading an article on 'finding' airfields saying 'if Keegan ever sells that DC4, we'll never find Panshanger again'.(RAF Flying Review c1963/4)
No, the North Star that was broken up at Panshanger some time around 1964/5 was a former TCA aircraft.

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Chevron, I seem to have read that Barton was manufactoring base for Miles Aircraft I think!!
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Manchester (Barton) not Barton in the Clay was used by Phillips and Powys to test fly Miles a/c assembled at their Stockport factory.

Edit - Not P&P but F Hills and Sons and not Miles but Percival

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Phillips and Powis factory in Stockport ?? New one on me...!!!

I visited Burnaston on 23 June 1964 and noted five Argonauts there:-
G-ALHG, G-ALHS and G-ALHY. These three went on to fly with British Midland.
G-ALHN and VR-AAT (ex G-ALHV). Information in Larry Milberry's excellent book
The Canadair NORTH STAR confirms these were broken up at Burnaston.

I would be interested to hear if any passenger flights using Argonauts were
carried out from Burnaston.

https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1067695

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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
No, the North Star that was broken up at Panshanger some time around 1964/5 was a former TCA aircraft.
Memory tells me it was two or three years later than that it was broken up. It looked extremely out of place at Panshanger where a Cessna or Piper twin was a big aeroplane.

Sad to say that virtually all the land that can be seen past the North Star is now covered in housing.
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Originally Posted by Helen49 View Post
Yes, remember Derby Airways operating from Burnaston with DC3s and I believe the Argonauts also. Remember the Marathons although before my time in aviation. I knew a couple of pilots who had flown the Marathon.....one of them finished his career on BA 747s and one of the Derby Airways Duty Officers worked with me in ATC.

I would be interested to have confirmation about the Argonauts?

And of course Sunderland Usworth also became a car factory.
A couple of photos from those days:



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I used to occasionally fly our Chipmunk from Manchester Barton into Burnaston from the beginning of the 1980s up until it closed to become a car factory. It was long after the Argonauts had gone but I don't think the Argonauts operated services from there, but were based there for maintenance.

I understand that the Argonauts were permanently grounded after G-ALHG crashed at Stockport in 1967.
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Barry I dont recognise the place where that CF Marathon was taken or even the CF reg. The second picture was at the side of the main working Hanger. That looks like the Proctor fuselage in the background which may have been the one owned by RR, and the DC4.
That side of the hanger was a scrapping area and the last of the Spartan Mosquitos was there for a long time before being broken up. The Marathon had a spar life put on by HP and the Marathon in the picture was scrapped because of this.
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Barry I dont recognise the place where that CF Marathon was taken or even the CF reg.
Not a lot to go on, as far as the background is concerned.

Notwithstanding the Canadian reg, the Marathon in the photo never got to Canada, ending its days at Wymeswold (maybe where the photo was taken?).
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
Not a lot to go on, as far as the background is concerned.

Notwithstanding the Canadian reg, the Marathon in the photo never got to Canada, ending its days at Wymeswold (maybe where the photo was taken?).
Yes, quite possibly Dave. When I looked at it after I posted it, I did wonder, because I don't think there was any spare concrete at Burnaston! I certainly visited Fields(?) at Wymeswold in those days.
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I did my Flying Scholarship at Sywell in summer 61 and I recall Derby Airways flying in and out
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As I mentioned when the RAF left Burnaston there were Many wooden sheds left behind, over a dozen. These had been workshops storage and dorms. Upon leaving the RAF filled these with bits left over.There were Tigers, Magisters and engines all in varoius standards of disrepair and dismantalling. Many of them were just crash wreckage. Lunch time for us apprentices was to explore this wonderland !! After a while and we we got to know what was in each shed we took some of the engineers around and showed them what we thought was the more interesting bits. We duly dragged all the likely bits in to a shed that we cleared and rebuilt a Magister from these bits in our spare time !! The end result was G-ANWO !!
I have photo (.jpg) if someone hints how to attach !!

https://imgur.com/a/vZWqa

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Nice photo, nice aeroplane. The Marathon in the background - what's the asymmetry in the canopy, as if the F/O windscreen is lower than the captains?
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