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Old 14th Jun 2018, 07:28
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Ex.RAF Sabre awaiting scrapping.



Are there any PPruners out in prune world who could offer any thoughts as to where and when the above photo was taken.

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Old 14th Jun 2018, 08:23
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Dunno, but if it's any help the markings and/or serial appear to be fake.
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 09:45
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Sabre F 4 RCAF 19472 / XB541 Ferried across the Atlantic as part of 'Bechers Brook Two' in March 1953 and delivered to No.5 MU 12 March 1953. Issued No.3 Squadron / L 22 May 1953. Returned UK 6 March 1956 and to Westlands 8 March 1956 for RIW / Rehab at Merryfield. SOC 18 December 1956 and scrapped
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All such Sabre's flew to various destinations in Europe as above. The markings and the serial no. are not fake, the MDAP stipulated that the a/c remained in RAF camouflage colours, the serial no.s were to be the original RCAF and "US AIR FORCE" plus " buzz number", in this case " FU-472" to be displayed on the fuselage. There were to be no clues as to the eventual destination of the a/c ( 301 to Italy and Jugoslavia ).

19472 flew from Liverpool/Speke on the 3rd January 1958 to Dunsfold, the pilot was a guy called Hunt and he landed the a/c at 1325. The company was Airwork, this particular a/c was sold for scrap on the 18th December 1958 and in due course the a/c appeared at one or both Staravia yard's at Church Crookham and Lasham.

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Originally Posted by Kieron Kirk View Post
All such Sabre's flew to various destinations in Europe as above. The markings and the serial no. are not fake, the MDAP stipulated that the a/c remained in RAF camouflage colours, the serial no.s were to be the original RCAF and "US AIR FORCE" plus " buzz number", in this case " FU-472" to be displayed on the fuselage
Fair enough, I stand corrected on the markings - though during its RAF service it would have presumably worn more conventional marks, like this 92 Sqdn example:

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