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    Twin Pioneer Survivors

    Another thread about surviving twins

    As someone who grew up in the West of Scotland I have always had a soft spot for Scottish Aviation's output, and a fascination for the Twin Pioneer. A while ago I found a website listing the survivors, but does anyone have any photos? 2 to start with:


    1. G-APRS owned by Air Atlantique (at Farnborough 2002)
    2. G-BBVF at East Fortune

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    Air Atlantique also have G-AZHJ in store for spares use,

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodrums
    Another thread about surviving twins

    As someone who grew up in the West of Scotland I have always had a soft spot for Scottish Aviation's output, and a fascination for the Twin Pioneer. A while ago I found a website listing the survivors, but does anyone have any photos? 2 to start with:


    1. G-APRS owned by Air Atlantique (at Farnborough 2002)
    2. G-BBVF at East Fortune

    Here's 2 views of FM1064 ex-RMAF, now on display at the Taman Merdeka, Malacca. These were taken late April this year.

    BR

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    pb::

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    Sorry for the poor quality but there is also the one in the RAF Museum at Cosford XL993.

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    Forgot to attach the picture. Sorry!!!
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    The Mallacca machine must have one of the most ornate 'stands' in the world!
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    Ahhh, the old TwinPin! A couple of memories to share with you;

    When I was but a lad, with the Air Scouts in Singapore, our troop was donated one of 209's remaining aircraft as a training aid. It was flown from Seletar into Changi and moved to the Station's football pitch to be presented to us, together with a very large metal key, inscribed "Turn 360 times for one hours' flight!"

    More recently (sometime in the late 80's/early 90's) I was driving home past Bar Hill in Cambridgeshire one evening before the Mildenhall Air Fete. In the distance I could see what looked like an odd-shaped helicopter, hovering about 3000 feet up. As I got closer I could see it was the Air Atlantique machine, making its' way towards Mildenhall against the headwind - ground speed about 25 knots!

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    This one was used for Mapping & Survey duties in Switzerland - after retirement had a short stay at the Swiss Transport Museum Lucerne, but soon it was moved to Sion by road, for which trip the wings were sawn off .

    A group of enthusiast intended to restore the aircraft to flying condition, but lack of funds soon saw this project being abandoned; the Twin Pin staying in neglected condition in open storage. The airframe deterioriated, but was noted well into the early 90's - the current situation / status in currently unknown to me......


    Seen here in luckier days, April 1974

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    Don't forget the one they found in a hangar in Baghdad! I think this was an ex Kuwait airways machine.
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    Hi,

    Here's another couple of Twin Pins

    The first is from Australia. I think there were two, but don't know if they are still active.
    The second is a Canadian example CF-STX, or the remains of it anyway.

    CF-STX are copyright to Bob Cameron

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    Did anyone see the BBC Scotland series Flying Scots when it was on last year? Lot's of great Twin Pin footage including some of one landing beside the bandstand in Dundee's Roseangle green by the Tay Rail Bridge.

    They also got a lad on a bike to cycle along beside one taking off to prove how quickly and at low speed it could get off the ground.
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    Just found this blurry pic of G-AZHJ

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    'PRS earlier this month, in the comparative warmth of the hangar....

    No such luxury today though, she was braving the cold giving scenic tours of snowy Warwickshire. Also, trudging back from Uni after a lecture, I could just make out the silhouette of a Dak flying past on the horizon, when they made up the phrase 'sent to Coventry' I thought it was supposed to be a bad thing
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    An air to air of APRS
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    That prompted me to go to the archives to find a slide I took....34 years ago of G-APRS when it was XT610 with A&AEE at Boscombe Down on 18th March 1971 during the A&AEE's 50th Anniversary. I remember it like yesterday and the weather was dreadful!
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    WHAT A LITTLE BEAUTY........
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    On the subject of Twin-Pins, does anyone know where the Cosford one is currently hiding, and if it is ever going to see the light of day again?

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    Another view of the East Fortune Twin Pin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archer
    Another view of the East Fortune Twin Pin.
    How are you doing Jelle , you've been quiet recently !! . If we organise another Meet-up how do you fancy coming over ?? . I'll start another thread as KeithMac had the idea of hiring a minibus and heading over to your neck of the woods via the Rosyth ferry .

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    25th June 2005 is the 50th Anniversary of the Twin Pin's first flight. The Prestwick Branch of the Raes are holding a conference to celebrate and Air Atlantique's Twin Pin will be visiting Prestwick. More details at http://www.raes.org.uk/raes/division...hes/AA2005.pdf (Its a pdf file so you need Acrobat to read it)

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    The Cosford Twin Pioneer is currently residing in the museums storage hanger across the other side of the airfield. Here is a pic of it in its new (temporary?) home.
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    The latest FlyPast has it down for a starring role in the new Divided World exhibition, I guess it will highlight less well known operations in the 'hotter' regions of the cold war. Nice one Cosford
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    Ron Tannock

    I was thrilled to have taken this picture, which was presented to Ron Tannock in New Zealand..
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    I had never seen one of these Pioneers before. G-APRS landed ahead of us yesterday at Wellesbourne, so we were able to have a look inside, then watch it take off back to Coventry. I understood it was the only remaining one flying in Europe.

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    Air Atlantic are doing flights from Prestwick on the 25th 26th June phone I think is 0870-330-4747.
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    A couple more survivors
    1 VH-EVB of Twin PionAir masquerading as 'VH-RAY' during rebuild at Coolangatta in April 2000.This aircraft is now reprted as airworthy
    2 FM1001 at the Malaysian Air Force Museum ,Sungai Besi,Kuala Lumpur taken in November 1992.
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    And one that didn't survive:LN-BFK of Fjelllfly taken at Staverton in 1972
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    Hi

    There are 3 airworthy machines in Australia mostly flying in Queensland I will get Pics for you all.

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    Ol props site seems to be down for a while. I checked again now just clicking the link provided by martin.

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