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Old 27th Jul 2022, 12:15
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As far as I'm aware, the Beverley Hangar at Abingdon still exists.
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Old 27th Jul 2022, 12:46
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As both Dishforth and Abingdon are Army sites, they're not in the heritage sector.
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Old 27th Jul 2022, 16:17
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There's also the large hangar at Ballykelly which I believe was built to house Nimrods (unless it's been demolished)
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Old 29th Jul 2022, 21:09
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Second ever flight was in a Beverley at Abingdon as an A.T.C. cadet.
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 07:46
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I flew Beverley's at Abingdon several times as a cadet.
I logged my last trip on 20 Aug 1967 in XB287 (must've been shortly before they retired); I and several other senior cadets were asked by the loadmaser to stay in the main hull ( the rest travelled in the tailboom) and as we came into our parking place, he told us to jump out and grab some of the chocks lying there to place under the wheels.
I gathered there was no parking brake.
I happened to drive past Bicester in about 1970 and sadly there were at least 3 Beverleys parked in the south east corner.
Then the week after I started working at Farnborough in March 1974, an RAE crew flew the last remaining example from Luton to Paull.

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Talking about the last Beverley movement, what about the Court Line Beverley? Did it get to their Luton base and what happened to it after the airline's collapse?

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Originally Posted by Akrotiri bad boy
Talking about the last Beverley movement, what about the Court Line Beverley? Did it get to their Luton base and what happened to it after the airline's collapse?

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That's the same aircraft referred to in Chevvron's post above and indeed the one that's the subject of this thread. The Beverley Association: Beverley XB259
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 11:07
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Purchased on a Whim ? Very much on the ground with Court Line at Luton.


Photo - Carl Ford.

Photo- Graham Alexander.

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Originally Posted by OUAQUKGF Ops
Purchased on a Whim ? Very much on the ground with Court Line at Luton.


Photo - Carl Ford.

Photo- Graham Alexander.
Does anyone know if it's possible to view to grab some photo's?
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Old 5th Aug 2022, 10:54
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I was at Paull airfield on 23rd March 1974 to see the last flying Beverley delivered to what was then Hull Aero Club with the intention of it becoming an accessory to their clubhouse. One of the final radio calls from the aircrew just after landing was ' We have just delivered your pub' Attached are a few photos including the last dying gasps of the Bristol Centaurus engines..





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Super pictures walbut- Paull a very small field if I remember rightly - flew into there once in the early 70s on a jolly with the Air Anglia C206 picking up News Film for Anglia TV.
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Brilliant! Oh how I wish...
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' We have just delivered your pub'

HAC had hoped to find sponsorship from Hull Brewery for their new facility.
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Super pics !
Nearly a decade after my last Bev working trip, I went to the Shawbury scrap pile and hand-sawed a couple of landing light motors out ot wing remains to use for an instructional project on helos - sort of cross fertilisation, I suppose ! Still fond memories ...and poor hearing !
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Really nice pictures, thanks. Apologies if already explained but what is the purpose of the wire(?) assembly at the back of the loading door?
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Originally Posted by Fargo Boyle
Really nice pictures, thanks. Apologies if already explained but what is the purpose of the wire(?) assembly at the back of the loading door?
Most Beverley photos on the Net don't feature the ironwork, so it was clearly fitted/removed as and when required.

I would hazard a guess that it served some function when paras were exiting from the two side doors (as opposed to jumping from the hatch in the boom).

Confirmation (or otherwise) welcomed.
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Old 6th Aug 2022, 17:04
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Apparently it was used for parachute supply dropping tests and also to test braking 'chutes - something to do with that perhaps...

Love to have it but as my garden is 60' x 12' I suspect the neighbours might object... Actually, I think it's bigger than my house...
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Originally Posted by treadigraph
Apparently it was used for parachute supply dropping tests and also to test braking 'chutes - something to do with that perhaps...
Yes, some of the photos on the Net show the Beverley configured for dropping pallets, etc. The giant clamshell doors couldn't be opened in flight, so they were simply removed for such missions and the aircraft flew with the back end open.
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I saw XB259 land with its brakes on at Farnborough in early 1969. (IIRC)
From then on it sat outside Western Squadron , flying a Union Jack , for years before moving on eventually.
Despite what some may think, the Hendon Beverley was a problem from day one.
It did not belong to the RAFM and was an unfunded orphan .
Internal corrosion was a serious issue.,indeed the RAFM Keeper, Jack Bruce, expressed his grave concerns about it to me at the time
"We will be held responsible for its condition, although we have little control over it. My nightmare is something like an engine breaking off one day, falling and killing a visitor"
It was a difficulr decision to scrap it , not least by those intimately involved in the problem, who would have wished otherwise..

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As they will pay for delivery you would think somewhere like Wroughton or the RAF historical store at Stafford would be the place so it could be stored disassembled inside to preserve it for the future
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