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    Coleys

    If this has appeared before, please excuse. This is in the nature of a test to see if I can get on line some of my scrapyard photographs from the early sixties, when I spent a lot of time visiting them. This was taken at Coley's on 1/9/62 and was VX136, Supermarine 529 almost certainly ex-Farnborough.
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    That's a brilliant shot! Please do post some more if you have them. Large chunks of Valletta in the background <
    Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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    Thank you Tin Triangle. Actually it is Viking G-AKBG. G-AJPH, the sometime Nene/ Viking VX956 was also there, in Curnard Eagle colours. On our visit there we were treated very well by a Mr. Evans who gave us the free run of the place.

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    Aldergrove, June 1960

    Near the end for XD915, P/2 Squadron, one of the many 2 and 79 squadron FR5's scrapped then, together with most of the Mk.7's.
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    Wonderful shots

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    What a great thread this is going to be.
    More shots as many as you want, love them

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    Indeed ! - it reminds me of the scrapyard thread that used to run.

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    Aldergrove, 1963

    One of the Tempest cockpit sections. Note the non standard array below the windscreen. Was this an engine test aircraft?.
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    Excellent pics. Is this a target tug Tempest cockpit fit?
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    Coleys 1/9/62

    The Tempest caption was incorrect. due to my inability to get a shot taken at Aldergrove to load. Sorry for any confusion. The Tempest was at Coleys, not Aldergrove.

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    Yep Tempest TT5 cockpit

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    Great photos. Looking back it is hard to imagine scrapping things like Tempests but 1962 was only 17 years after WW2 and it would be similar to going to a modern scrap yard and looking at all the 2000 model Toyotas, no one gives a rats about them, in another 70 years it will be a different story.
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    Those 2000 Toyotas will still be humdrum in 2070 though Oz, and have no fuel on which to run. Hopefully there'll be a Tempest or two flying soon though...

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    Sydenham, 1960

    Even in 1960 this must have been the most complete surviving Firebrand. EK790 finishing its days as a fire practice airframe. Last of many Sea Otters, Barracudas and Firebrands scrapped at Sydenham.
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    A few from me.
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    Three more
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    A final three for now.
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    Wonderful shots...and in colour. Please keep them rolling.

    Many thanks.

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    Fascinating Pictures, thanks.
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    Great stuff, drove past the old Church Crookham yard this afternoon. It is now covered with housing and a small business park.

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    Farnboroughrob, where exactly was the yard at Church Crookham? The road it was in? I lived there for many years but never found out where it was. Many thanks

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    Hi find where Redfields garden center is in Church Crookham and it was the office park next door, that general area anyway.

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    Thanks! I actually lived at the housing estate opposite Redfields!

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    David my wife thinks Redfields is a day out! The official address was Redfields Works, Church Crookham.
    Getting back to scrapyards, back in 1957 (before my time) a number of Harvards appeared at the Eagle hangar at Blackbushe in February 57, KF405 was one of these. The others were KF487,FS881,FX442,KF565. and KF639. FS881 was made airworthy and delivered to the Lebanese air force 23/6/57 and the other Harvards gradually moved to Skylines yard in Sandhurst.
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    More in my new Book 'Blackbushe-London's lost airport' available from AJ Aviation.

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    And here is a Royal Navy Harvard in the yard at Sandhurst in 1966 and eight years later passing through Wittering.
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    A couple more as requested. The photo of the Gamecock wings is pretty awful, but it was the best I could do with the camera I had at that time.
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    Thanks for all of the excellent images folks.

    Andy

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    Fantastic pictures, but also very difficult to look at - especially the Sea Hornet, Firebrand, Sea Balliol & Sea Fury pics - awful to think the majority were smelted down...
    BOLTER, BOLTER FULL POWER! Keith, if he bolts again we'll have to divert him to St Mawgan

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    Does anybody know the reason there were lots of Sea Hornet rear fuselages at St.Davids? What happened to the rest of the aircraft, why were those parts left?

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    No scrap value? Just a guess.

    DD

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