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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baldwin
    And wot's the one @ Prestwick please?
    After doing some Googling, it looks like it's Gannet XL497. See http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co...vorspics1.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dekpurn
    Wonder what happened to that poor Lightening's wing
    i.e., the one at Booker - Wycombe Air Park. The sad tale is here: http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/lightning/survivorspics1.html#XM172

    It's XM172.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baldwin
    i.e., the one at Booker - Wycombe Air Park. The sad tale is here: http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/lightning/survivorspics1.html#XM172

    It's XM172.
    Something wrong with the link above. Let's try again:

    http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co...cs1.html#XM172

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    [QUOTE=Tom Baldwin]IS that a Meteor at Edinburgh or am I dreaming?

    It's a 1:1 scale model of a Spitfire. It's made of GRP and was created as a replacement for the real Spitfire which had been a gate guardian at nearby RAF Turnhouse until the milkitary base was closed in the 1990s. The real Spitfire is now in the museum at East Fortune.

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    Default Three more...

    Yes - I know I said I'd done for the day...

    These are at Dowding's WWII HQ, but unfortunately out of the public gaze.

    Did I identify the WWII aircraft corrrectly? Anyone know their story?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baldwin
    I decided it's a Buccaneer.

    That`s a F-4 Phantom.
    You search it, I will find it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baldwin
    Yes - I know I said I'd done for the day...

    These are at Dowding's WWII HQ, but unfortunately out of the public gaze.

    Did I identify the WWII aircraft corrrectly? Anyone know their story?

    The Spitfire is a Mk XVI No. SL674.
    http://www.raf.mod.uk/squadrons/hbbmf.html

    Hurricane – (full size model BAPC218 ) displayed as 43 Sqn. Colours "BN230" “FT-A” at RAF Bentley Priory, near Harrow, Greater London. (Was previously “P3386” “FT-I”.)

    As RAF Coltishall has lost its Lightning, this leaves RAF Bentley-Priory as the only UK RAF station with a Lightning gate guard - how has it come to this? Unfortunately XM173 is hidden away out of sight from the public which is a crying shame with a paint scheme like this! However, at least XM172 will be showing off the same scheme when put on display in Farnborough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baldwin
    Thanks for the corrections, and the new one. What about this pair, near High Wycombe? Hunter and Lightning??
    English Electric Lightning F.1A
    XM172 (cn 95059) A rather ironic story for this Lightning. Once the proud gate-guard at RAF Coltishall, she was moved here for renovation and eventual display as an aviation monument on a roundabout in Farnborough. Since arriving she was lent to the BBC, who lied by saying that Jeremy Clarkson owned it. Now the funds for the Farnborough project have dried up and British Airways (the owners of Booker) want her off their land. If £20k cannot be found, she will be scrapped. Perhaps Clarkson could stump up the funds?

    Hawker Hunter F.51
    XF314 Fictitious marks. Really ex Danish AF E-412. Arrived from the closed museum at Sandown, Isle of Wight during Nov98.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baldwin
    IS that a Meteor at Edinburgh or am I dreaming?

    And wot's the one @ Prestwick please?
    Prestwick can be a Fairey Gannet AEW3.

    The only plane as a guard I find for Edinburgh is a Spitfire.
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    Default Time for a check-point

    This thread started with 10 cops. Thanks to other spotters it's now up to 24; see the link. Note that the Cardington guardian is still not identified.

    Until we get more hi-res GE cover I suspect there're no more to be seen.

    Anyone care to have a go in the U.S.?? The link to your 'starter-for-10' is here...
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    Default Raf Halton

    Hi,

    I have been trying to fing RAF HALTON Located near to aylesbury. They have a Tornado on the Parade Ground There. Or possibly it could be the F4 Phanton that it replaced....! Anyone seen it....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by t8439532
    Hi,

    I have been trying to fing RAF HALTON Located near to aylesbury. They have a Tornado on the Parade Ground There. Or possibly it could be the F4 Phanton that it replaced....! Anyone seen it....!
    Here it is, but only lo-res
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    type in Halton camp, Uk on the search bar, you'll get it. It's half hi, half lo res
    The bit you want unfortunatly is in the lo res section.

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    This park beside the Air Force base has several vintage planes up on pedistals.

    Not RAF, but an important place as part of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, pilots from all over the world trained on the Canadian Prairie, and continue to do so, bostly as there isn't a lot to crash into.

    IIRC there are more planes mounted in the area near the placemark.
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    Here another; Croydon, London's principal airport in the '20s and '30s.

    What is it please??
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