1st 3 are probably the 25 June 88 Family day Rob. TZ-ADT arrived in October 85 and spent a few weeks outside on the airfield while it was de-infested (including finding the remains of a birds nest in the APU intake IIRC). It was then stored in the completion centre (2-site) for a few years becoming G-BRUC in early 1990.
G-5-592 was a 125-800B (c/n 258116) which became PT-LQP which was delivered on 8 July 1988 to Metro Taxi Aereo.
The 146-200 is G-BMYE (E2008) and the Jetstream in the background G-BRGN
This was taken when the first Russians arrived in mid 94
A few of the Russian aircraft taken 17-02-1999. I had a delivery to the site and I always had a small camera with me so I filled my boots. If there are errors in my designations then it is down to my ignorance of Russian types.
Probably a silly question now.. but why are all the Russian aircraft there? Was someone planning a museum or planning to start a small war? I did go around on a tour of the hangars a while back but I've forgotten the reasons why they're there.
Probably a silly question now.. but why are all the Russian aircraft there?
There are many and varied versions of the story, but IIRC the idea originally was that as many of the airframes as possible were to be made airworthy and then on-sold. For whatever reason that dream was never realised (probably money in the end!!) and most of the aircraft have remained in storage for almost 25 years.
A few over the years have been filtered off to museums etc (I think the Newark Air Museum had a couple of the original MiG's at some point - don't know if they are still there).
Others on this site may have better memories than me
I was always under the impression that the planes arrived but not the associated paper work required by the CAA for them to legally fly. These are the two at Newark looking a lot better than when I first saw them.
Hawarden ca 1983. The Queen's Flight 146 is rolled out for ground testing. The aircraft, whilst built at Hatfield of course, was finished at the Corporate Jet Centre at Hawarden, primarily because of their expertise in fitting out VIP aircraft and to keep the business in-house!
The 125-800 roll-out day. Probably ca 1983. As they opened the hangar doors, there was a great deal of 'smoke' - the first time I had ever seen dry ice used in that way and wondered what the hell was going on. I thought the tow-tug had an oil leak!
The journalists closely photographing the newbie. In the background is G-BGJV, the 748 2B demonstrator at the time, which brought them up from Gatwick. We positioned Woodford-Gatwick the night before, had a good night at the Six Bells in Horley (for those who know it), and were ready booted and suited the next morning to meet the journalists, who true to form, turned up late. Not sure what the Jetstream was doing, or which one it was.
The 146 in the first picture with G-BKJV (which was ex 4W-ACE) is probably ZD696 (E1005) which was one of two trial aircraft for the initial Queen's Flight order (E1021 & E1029). I have these two (JV & 696) logged together on 16 Mar 83.
" there was a great deal of 'smoke' - the first time I had ever seen dry ice used in that way and wondered what the hell was going on. I thought the tow-tug had an oil leak!"
We always used to put on a good show at Broughton
The little guy under the cockpit window in the last photo is Graham Catherall - he did our wedding photos - small world eh?
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