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  • ozplane
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2004
    • 1651

    Swifts in Australia

    What with the talk of Spitfires in Burma and the P-40 in Libya I wonder if anybody has any recollection of the Swifts in Australia?. I was reading an article in the July 82 edition of Air International which refers to 6 Swifts that were involved in the Maralinga test of 22 October 1956. Two were assessed as Cat 5 due to the blast and the others were written off as scrap. The article queries whether they were buried or indeed scrapped. I'm not sure I would want an irradiated Swift but does anybody know what happened to them? If this has been raised before could you let me have a reference. What were they doing in Oz anyway?
  • TwinOtter23
    NAM volunteer-Plugmeister
    • Jan 2006
    • 7775

    #2
    A quick search has thrown up this reference on here http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/sho...wift+radiation

    But I thought there was another thread as well!
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    • ozplane
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Mar 2004
      • 1651

      #3
      Thanks TO. It seems to confirm the story but not the follow up. I'm still intrigued as to why the UK would ship the Swifts out there. Surely there must have been some scrap airframes nearer at hand in the Far East Air Force perhaps?

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      • DaveF68
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jun 2004
        • 1791

        #4
        The Swifts, in spite of not being good at what they were intended to be, were modern airframes, equivalent to those in service. So it would have been worthwhile to see the effects of a nuclear blast on them.

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        • pagen01
          St Mawganphile
          • Aug 2007
          • 10711

          #5
          Agree with Dave, the Swift was a brand new aircraft built to the latest airframe and engine standards of the day, but was in abundance due to hundreds being ordered and then the RAF not wishing to put them into front-line service.
          As the British were using Maralinga for the Op Buffalo weapons tests it made sense to ship the aircraft out for armament proof trials, probably with all manner of other items and support equipment.
          http://www.abpic.co.uk/search.php?q=...t=most_popular

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          • pagen01
            St Mawganphile
            • Aug 2007
            • 10711

            #6
            Originally posted by TwinOtter23 View Post
            A quick search has thrown up this reference on here http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/sho...wift+radiation
            But I thought there was another thread as well!
            There was a more recent one I'm sure, but the second post on that thread seems ironic given latest threads here!
            http://www.abpic.co.uk/search.php?q=...t=most_popular

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            • paul178
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Mar 2011
              • 2925

              #7
              This thread?

              http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?p=1017280
              I have kleptomania,But when it gets bad
              I take something for it.

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              • TwinOtter23
                NAM volunteer-Plugmeister
                • Jan 2006
                • 7775

                #8
                That's more like it - my searching technique requires attention!!
                Find out what's happening at newarkairmuseum.org
                Please help move Chinook ZA717 to Newark Air Museum

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                • Bager1968
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • May 2005
                  • 3635

                  #9
                  From the second thread linked above:
                  Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of the pub, when Serbia bumps into Austria, and spills Austria's pint.

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