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  • Banupa
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    • Feb 2011
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    Meteor, but which one?

    Here's a photo, taken by my father in about 1949. It shows a Meteor F.4 that looks like VT167 with a code of A. It's parked on grass and there is a period "Follow Me" truck beside it. Any clues as to where, when and if that serial is right?
    Last edited by Banupa; 4th October 2012, 13:29.
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  • paulmcmillan
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    • Jan 2000
    • 2650

    #2
    NOT VT167 that was in a black out block!
    Weather - Fair with cloudy patches, clear by early evening.

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    • Banupa
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      • Feb 2011
      • 1025

      #3
      OK, so that's what it's not....
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      • paulmcmillan
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        • Jan 2000
        • 2650

        #4
        If you can get a clearer scan of serial I can help but I can't read it off that photo
        Weather - Fair with cloudy patches, clear by early evening.

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        • Banupa
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          • Feb 2011
          • 1025

          #5
          I'm afraid that's how it came! I've had a magnifying glass on the print and still can't decide what it is. I was wondering if the truck may have given a clue to where it was taken. My father worked for Fairey Aviation at Hayes and later for English Electric at Luton, so my guess would be White Waltham or Luton, but at that time, I can't see either of them needing a follow me van. The only other thought would be Farnborough as I know he attended the 1951 SBAC show.
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          • HP111
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            • May 2012
            • 663

            #6
            Originally posted by Banupa View Post
            I'm afraid that's how it came! I've had a magnifying glass on the print and still can't decide what it is. I was wondering if the truck may have given a clue to where it was taken. My father worked for Fairey Aviation at Hayes and later for English Electric at Luton, so my guess would be White Waltham or Luton, but at that time, I can't see either of them needing a follow me van. The only other thought would be Farnborough as I know he attended the 1951 SBAC show.
            Just a sugggestion: perhaps the pickup was merely providing personnel transport.

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            • jim_jobe
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Mar 2008
              • 706

              #7
              It certainly seems to be VT*67 so the only possibility is VT267 which S.J.Bond has as: Handling Sqn. 226 OCU w/o 21.3.50,

              226 was at Bentwaters then Stradishall during the period you mention.

              Jim
              Last edited by jim_jobe; 18th May 2012, 11:17.

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              • Banupa
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Feb 2011
                • 1025

                #8
                Thanks Jim, nice detective work. It would be nice to know where it was taken. The truck looks more American that British, but I suppose it could be an ex-USAF one left over after the war. Guess I'll never know!
                Lee
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                • vampiredave
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                  • Jan 2009
                  • 107

                  #9
                  According to Air Britain, VT267 was coded HX-W while with 226 OCU. How about VZ417:63 Squadron / A?

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                  • jim_jobe
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Mar 2008
                    • 706

                    #10
                    When blown up that 6 looks possibly a 5 so 257 is another possibility but that was SW-T with 43 Sqn. The A may have been the code with the handling Sqn??
                    Frustrating init!
                    Jim

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                    • Fatcivvy
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2007
                      • 92

                      #11
                      The serial looks like it could be VT187.

                      FC

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                      • jim_jobe
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Mar 2008
                        • 706

                        #12
                        Originally posted by vampiredave View Post
                        According to Air Britain, VT267 was coded HX-W while with 226 OCU. How about VZ417:63 Squadron / A?
                        I've found a photo of VZ417/A. It was taken at Thorney Island in 1950 and, I think, the squadron markings had only recently been added, but 63 Sqn operated F4s from June 1948 so you could well be right Dave.
                        Jim
                        Last edited by jim_jobe; 21st September 2012, 10:26.

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                        • John Aeroclub
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Jul 2006
                          • 2770

                          #13
                          The truck looks to me to be a Humber Snipe Variant.

                          John

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                          • vampiredave
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                            • Jan 2009
                            • 107

                            #14
                            Mmmm - I wonder?

                            In October 1950, Commonwealth Ministers and their families gathered at West Malling and were entertained to a demonstration by civil and military aircraft at what, as the newspapers described as being, a "Miniature Farnborough Display". A team of Vampires from 72 Squadron provided the aerobatic display for the visitors, whilst four Meteors from 63 Squadron led by the CO, Sqn Ldr R A L Morant, gave a fine exhibition of formation drill.

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                            • jim_jobe
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                              • Mar 2008
                              • 706

                              #15
                              There's another photo of several 63 Sqn Meteors in 1950 in the Crowood book but they also are wearing squadron chequered markings (and no codes). 56 Sqn were at Thorney Island together with 63 Sqn and they also used single letter codes but I can't find out which aircraft was A,
                              Jim

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                              • Banupa
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Feb 2011
                                • 1025

                                #16
                                Any more?
                                Lee
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