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Report - Long Marston -Aircraft decay - Sept '10

mongrel

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Hi again… OK so I do admit to being a little bit of an aircraft geek so was actually quite sad to see the very sorry state of the aircraft here. I turned up on a gorgeous cloud free Sunday morning at the same time as hundreds of other people for a damn car boot sale. I got some very strange looks being the only person inside the confines of the security fence (and got moaned at for trespassing on the way out...:cool:) – now I know what it feels to be the wrong side of the fence in a zoo! So, apologies for the brief history, hope you like the pics and they might give you an idea if it’s worth a special trip or not, I’m actually glad I visited…some may be a little disappointed!

Cheers for looking!


The Westland Whirlwind helicopter was a British license-built version of the U.S. Sikorsky S-55/H-19 Chickasaw. It primarily served with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in anti-submarine and search-and rescue roles.

This Whirlwind first flew 31/01/1962, sent to Bloodland Camp, Cyprus 02/09/1983, returned to UK on 01/09/1986 and sold, to Tattershall Thorpe 1987, moved to the Statford Aircraft Collection, Long Marston during 1988.

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The Avro Shackleton was a British long-range maritime patrol aircraft for use by the Royal Air Force. It was developed by Avro from the Avro Lincoln bomber with a new fuselage. It was originally used primarily in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) roles, and was later adapted for airborne early warning (AEW), search and rescue (SAR) and other roles from 1951 until 1990. It also served in the South African Air Force from 1957 to 1984. The type is named after the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

This particular Shackleton is an MR3: Records state that WR985 was delivered to RAF Cosford as an instructional airframe with 2 SoTT on 25/9/70 & given maintenance number 8103M.

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The English Electric Canberra is a first-generation jet-powered light bomber manufactured in large numbers through the 1950s. It proved to be highly adaptable, serving in such varied roles for tactical bombing, photographic, electronic, and meteorological reconnaissance. The Canberra remained in service with the Royal Air Force until 23 June 2006, 57 years after its first flight.

The Canberra could fly at a higher altitude than any other bomber through the 1950s and set a world altitude record of 70,310 ft (21,430m) in 1957.

This particular Canberra was operated by 231 OCU (Operational Conversion Unit )

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