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  • avion ancien
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    G-AMJH 'Bournemouth' Airship

    According to W&R2, the gondola of this airship was stored in the ATC gliding hangar at Christchurch Aerodrome in 1963. Apparently it had been there since its final crash at Cardington in 1952. I've found no mention of it in subsequent editions of W&R. Does anyone know what became of it?
  • farnboroughrob
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    #2
    I remember it being listed as being in the PPS hangar at Booker in W&R back in the 70's but never saw it.

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    • Elmdon Boy
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      #3
      Wrecks and Relics ninth edition (1984) states, according to Tony Bianchi, the control car of G-AMJH, the airship Bournemouth, left the airfield in the early 1970s - fate ???

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      • avion ancien
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        #4
        Thank you, both. I wonder if it went back to Lord Ventry (who died in 1987)?

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        • Planemike
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          #5
          This maybe of interest.............see final sentence. http://www.dorsetlife.co.uk/2016/07/...e-bournemouth/

          Also this.........https://www.britishpathe.com/video/a...ry/Bournemouth

          PS Edit does seem to work.....!!!
          Last edited by Planemike; 19th November 2018, 20:38.

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          • avion ancien
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            #6
            Many thanks. It was the Dorset Life article and the concluding statement that:

            'But of Bournemouth herself, sadly it seems nothing remains'

            that jogged my memory as to there having been a reference to the airship's gondola in an edition of W&R.

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            • Gipsy 1
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              #7
              I have the oil tank from the Bournemouth (originally from an Avro Cadet). Gifted to me by the late Ken Woolley from Coventry. He also had the fuel tank at the time and the engine had previously gone into a Klemm L25 G-AAHW.
              No idea about the rest Im afraid.

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              • avion ancien
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                #8
                So the statement 'nothing remains' is not entirely true! I wonder if the gondola of the 'Bournemouth' headed north on leaving Booker and ended up at Berkswell Forge, before being dismantled there?

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                • Elmdon Boy
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                  #9
                  I visited Ken Wooley at Berkswell in the early 90s aa, and he showed me around his collection of aeronautica. I don't remember seeing anything of the gondola then.

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                  • avion ancien
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                    #10
                    I wonder whether Gipsy 1 can apply dates to the comments which he made in his earlier post?

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