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  • wildcat
    Member
    • Jan 2006
    • 96

    I spent many hours 'browsing' around the Super Alloys yard in the mid/late 60's. What a treasure trove, if only I had realised exactly what I was playing with.

    Entry as Matt said was from the rear ( I went in round the back of the 'egg factory'). A couple of menacing dogs kept most away, but for reasons unknown they were always freindly to me and little brother. I remember seeing a few cockpits/fuselages as well as Anson Mainplanes and a large white fuselage under a canopy.

    Nuff of the memory lane waffling, hears a couple of pics from the front of the yard. The condition of the Javelins is remarkably tidy ( doubt they had been there long) What price those fuselages today!!
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    • DaveF68
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jun 2004
      • 1780

      What site had the TSR2 fuselages? I recall seeing a photo next to a pile of Hunters

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      • TempestV
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        • Dec 2003
        • 1486

        Malta Mosquito Remains

        Hello Spiteful

        I have sent you a Private Message.

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        • zoot horn rollo
          Lady Gaga is my queen
          • Sep 2005
          • 1504

          Anybody have any photographs of the Scottish scrapyards at Quarrywood or Milnathort? Come on, Mr Whitton, you must have some?
          I don't want to die, because I don't want to end up like Anita Dobson - Frank Sidebottom, actually.
          Thank you

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          • ALBERT ROSS
            A man of experience!
            • Jan 2004
            • 2638

            Thought you all might be interested to see this shot taken at Kemble in February 1971 just after Red Arrows Gnats XR986 & XR545 were involved in a fatal mid-air collision on 20th January 1971.
            Adrian

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            • 682al
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jan 2000
              • 729

              It's amazing how accessible the old yards were to those with "the knowledge".

              I'd been told about the yard in Swinton (which turned out to be the best ever yard I got into) many times over the previous few years, but the lurid descriptions of what was to be found in there just didn't ring true - maybe twenty years previously but now, in 1978, surely not? I put it down to folk losing track of time.

              However, one saturday, I put on a display for N.A.P.S. in Salford, and just about everyone who came to view the bits and pieces, told me about the Swinton yard again!

              I just had to check it out. After finishing the display, me and my pal drove over to Swinton. He'd hurt his ankle playing rugby, so opted to stay with the car and keep an eye on the bits and pieces (everyone knows leaving an unguarded car in Salford is a risky business).

              He stayed with the car and I followed the very precise directions which every Salfordian seemed to know by heart:

              "follow the river 'til you come to the canal, walk along the fence until you come to the third bush, crawl thru the hole in the wire".

              What presented itself to me was, quite literally, a pile of WW2 aircraft components - Typhoon elevators, Lancaster canopies, bits of turret, spade grips and throttle boxes. I actually tripped over a Miles Master throttle box!

              When I eventually staggered back to the car, all I could say was:

              "It's all ********n' true! There's piles of the stuff!"

              A few days later, we were there with the yard's blessing and were allowed to take away anything we wanted. For free - they just could not believe that anyone had any interest in the old scrap that had lain around for decades.

              That was the start of regular visits that went on for years until, one day, when phoning up to arrange yet another foraging session, I was told:

              "It's all gone".

              They had cleared the whole area, laid concrete and were using it for storage of containers, all within a space of about three weeks since the previous visit!

              Looking back on it now, it just seems amazing that someone "into" cockpit collecting should find such a treasure trove of stuff, almost on his own door step.

              Ah, Mag Elektron, happy days!

              I subsequently found out that N.A.P.S. had investigated the yard during the 1960's and had dismissed it's contents as "scrap"!
              Who's the bloke in your avatar?

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              • Rocketeer
                Left to do other things
                • Jan 2005
                • 5202

                Originally posted by ALBERT ROSS
                Thought you all might be interested to see this shot taken at Kemble in February 1971 just after Red Arrows Gnats XR986 & XR545 were involved in a fatal mid-air collision on 20th January 1971.
                Yuk...I went to school with a child who lost his Dad then
                Tony Dyer
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                • zoot horn rollo
                  Lady Gaga is my queen
                  • Sep 2005
                  • 1504

                  A few Russian pictures.

                  A Polar Division Il-14 and a GAI (trafic police) Mi-2 at Myachkova in Sept 1993.

                  Scrapped Myasichev Mya-17RM CCCP-23570 taken at Zhukovsky Sept 93 (from the top of the Myasichev hangar).

                  An unfinished Mya-17/-55 also at Zhukovsky Sept 93
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                  I don't want to die, because I don't want to end up like Anita Dobson - Frank Sidebottom, actually.
                  Thank you

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                  • Steve T
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jul 2004
                    • 469

                    Hi all--

                    Probably, simultaneously, the most depressing and most intriguing thread I've seen on any of the fora...

                    No way of posting them as yet, but I've a few shots of three very incomplete CF-100 Mk.5 fuselage hulks in a scrapyard in Barrie, Ontario, in winter 1982-83. One of the three (18775) is now in Walter Soplata's collection in Ohio.

                    An eon ago on this thread there were several fairly recent pix posted showing parts of two or maybe three ex-Indian AF Tempest IIs in the UK; shortly afterward came another post indicating these components had vanished. Is there any newer info about these Tempest parts? Would hate to think they might have got the chop at so late a date...

                    S.

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                    • sa_bushwar
                      Junior Member
                      • Feb 2006
                      • 8

                      SAAF Musem Zwartkops treasures 3

                      For more scrapyard photos, goto my webpage at:http://geocities.com/sa_bushwar
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                      • Rlangham
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • May 2005
                        • 2818

                        Crikey, how many Venturas, and do you know what happened to them?
                        Up, down, flying around, looping the loop and defying the ground

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                        • red964
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Jul 2005
                          • 50

                          Walter Soplata

                          The ultimate scrapyard thread deserves to be capped with mention of Walter Soplata.

                          Look up his story..

                          http://s96920072.onlinehome.us/Fea1/...rt1/Fea182.htm

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                          • TB752
                            Junior Member
                            • Apr 2006
                            • 4

                            Ex R.A.F. Manston

                            I use to spend my holidays in westgate, a seaside town not far from Manston, and loved going across the airport to see the visiting aircraft, and exibition of a Spitfire, a Javelin and a Canberra. But upon all was intrigued by the dump, where were Vulcans, Varsities...Has anyone got phototographs of this dump?
                            Thank You

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                            • landraver
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Mar 2006
                              • 223

                              im reaching for the tissues that poor lightning does anyone know of that lightning sat in a field near newark right next to the a1 motorway? everytime i see it it gets worse it used to be mint now its covered in graffiti quick somone save it

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                              • *Zwitter*
                                Intentionally Blank
                                • Apr 2004
                                • 522

                                Originally posted by TB752
                                I use to spend my holidays in westgate, a seaside town not far from Manston, and loved going across the airport to see the visiting aircraft, and exibition of a Spitfire, a Javelin and a Canberra. But upon all was intrigued by the dump, where were Vulcans, Varsities...Has anyone got phototographs of this dump?
                                Thank You
                                No pics, but I used to walk around the fire dump at Manston, wandering among Vulcans, one of which had it's nose gear in a hole to simulate a collapse, there was a shackleton laying there half burned, lightnings, victors and a smashing smashed viscount among many other delights.

                                One day however it all they sent the landrover out to escort me off the premises, but in the years leading up to that you just wandered past the RAF chaps playing football and helped yourself. Happy days!
                                10. Go in quickly - Punch hard - Get out!

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                                • cestrian
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Sep 2003
                                  • 357

                                  In response to TB752's request for photos from Manston,here are a few taken in the summer of 1975.I don't think the RAF's premier fire school would have liked to be called a dump!
                                  1 Vulcan B.1A XH483
                                  2 Meteor F.8 WK803
                                  3 Canberra B.16 WJ777
                                  4 Varsity T.1 WJ905
                                  5 Shackleton MR.3/3 XF705
                                  6 Varsity T.1 WJ910
                                  I do have several more pics if anyone is interested?
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                                  • Consul
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Aug 2004
                                    • 1758

                                    Originally posted by cestrian
                                    I do have several more pics if anyone is interested?
                                    Sure am!
                                    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."(Mary Baker Eddy)

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                                    • cestrian
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Sep 2003
                                      • 357

                                      A few more from Manston 1975
                                      1 Meteor F.8 WK914 (This was later preserved,now at Scampton I believe)
                                      2 Javelin FAW.6 XA829
                                      3 Varsity T.1 WF413
                                      4 Hunter F.4 WV268
                                      5 Canberra B.2 WJ620
                                      6 Canberra B.16 WJ782
                                      7 Shackleton MR.2 WL739.
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                                      • Robert Whitton
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Jan 2005
                                        • 1314

                                        A Shackleton at Kinloss and a Seafire wing and u/c at the Museum of Flight at East Fortune both taken I think about mid 1970's. I wonder what happened to the Seafire bits!!! A number of items pulled up from the sea were donated to the museum but the only bits I can remember seeing in the last 10 years were Beaufighter bits (small).

                                        I never visited Quarrywood but visited Milnathort (Balado Bridge). Lots of parts, a Seafire set of wings a Lighning? simulator, 20 plywood tailplanes (Mosquito) att rotted away. My camera was of very poor quality and the negatives went many years ago.

                                        I have a list of the contents but I doubt if when I visited in 1964 that they existed.
                                        Cornell FT681
                                        Expeditor 11 FT984
                                        Spitfire F24 VN326
                                        Expeditor HD760, 774, KP108
                                        Mitchell HD386
                                        Seafire F15 SR461
                                        Firebrand EK617, 737,661,747,744,621, 780, 729, 628, 626.
                                        I bought a Firebrand single propellor blade in 1971 and it went to the Museum of Flight but again it has not been seen by me for many years.
                                        Robert Whitton,
                                        Edinburgh, Scotland

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                                        • Pete Truman
                                          Senior Member
                                          • Nov 2004
                                          • 2316

                                          Originally posted by landraver
                                          im reaching for the tissues that poor lightning does anyone know of that lightning sat in a field near newark right next to the a1 motorway? everytime i see it it gets worse it used to be mint now its covered in graffiti quick somone save it
                                          If you go on search and type in Balderton Lightning you'll know the answers, basically the owner won't sell.

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