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British aircraft (misc.)

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Airspeed AS.10 Oxford & AS.65 Consul

It is interesting to note that a number of these aircraft routed through Athens, Greece. Did they have better relations back then?

Support Aircraft?

Later in the century, BAC Jaguars for the Oman AF flew in with a BAC 1-11 support aircraft. Sea Harriers for the India on two occasions came in with a BAe 125, whilst Hawks, also for India, once came with a Falcon 10. Typhoons for Saudi Arabia sometimes had a BAe 146 following them.

With this in mind, were the arrival of two British Aviation Services aircraft from Izmir, Turkey related to the Oxfords and Consuls being ferried? One was Consul G-AHRK which arrived on 24.11.46, the other being Lancastrian G-AHBW on 11.01.47.

British Aviation Services provided crews to deliver aircraft to their destination. Could these have been support flights of some sort or just a coincidence?

        
 


Oxford

SERIAL COUNTRY ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
ED-173 Burma 08.12.48 09.12.48 Landed at 16:00, departed at 06:20. c/s DF.138, dep Blackbushe on the 7th, via Lyons & Ajaccio.
R-6161 Burma 23.11.48 24.11.48 Landed at 16:15, departed at 08:17, c/s DF.135. Departed from Blackbushe on the 20th.
T-1101 Burma 08.12.48 09.12.48 Landed at 15:35, departed at 07:00, c/s DF.139. Departed from Blackbushe on the 7th, via Lyons & Ajaccio.
V-3746 Burma 08.12.48 09.12.48 Landed at 15:40, departed at 06:15. c/s DF.137. Departed from Blackbushe on the 7th, via Lyons & Ajaccio.
V-3824 Burma 04.11.48 05.11.48 Landed at 13:20, departed at 07:20. c/s DF.133.
W-6638 Burma 23.11.48 24.11.48 Landed at 16:10, departed at 08:20. c/s DF.134. Departed from Blackbushe on the 20th. Custom file 12/05D gives the serial as W-6636.
X-7135 Burma 23.11.48 24.11.48 Landed at 16:20, departed at 08:19, c/s DF.136. Departed from Blackbushe on the 20th. Previously listed as XY-135.
101 Turkey 02.11.46 04.11.46 Landed at 15:05, departing at 12:00. Custom file 12 had a note that this aircraft didn’t have a carnet or log book. Nothing to explain why it stayed for 48 hours either. Routed Southampton, Lyon, Marseilles, Elmas, Malta, Athens and Izmir. Flown over by crews from British Aviation Services.
102 Turkey 12.11.46 13.11.46 Landed at 16:49, departed at 09:33. Arrived with 103 & Consul 121. None of these three aircraft had a Carnet or log book.
103 Turkey 12.11.46 13.11.46 Landed at 16:47, departed at 09:35.
104 Turkey 23.11.46 24.11.46 Aircraft routed via Portsmouth on the 20th, Southampton (21st), Bordeaux (22nd), Elmas (23rd), Malta and Izmir, Turkey. Intermediate refuelling stops not listed. Two man crew, British & Norwegian. Landed at Luqa at 12:10, departed at 09:51.
105 Turkey 02.12.46 03.12.46 Landed at 14:42 at Hal-Far, departing at 09:16. Routed via Eastleigh (29th), unknown location (30th), Marseilles, Elmas and Malta. To Turkey via Greece.
106 Turkey 02.12.46 03.12.46 Landed at Hal-Far at 14.45, departing at 09:18. Routing as 105 above.
107 Turkey 20.12.46 21.12.46 Departed Eastleigh, UK on the 19th, Bordeaux, to Marignane, Elmas and Malta. Landed at 17:00, took-off at 08:15.
108 Turkey 20.12.46 21.12.46 Same routing as 107. Landed at 17:10, departing at 08:17.
109 Turkey 20.12.46 21.12.46 Same routing as 107. Landed at 17:15, departing at 08:18.
110 Turkey 14.01.47 15.01.47 Departed Southampton on the 12th, Le Bourget on the 13th, Istres and Malta on the 14th, (landing at 14:13 leaving at 09:10) then Smyrna via Athens.
112 Turkey 14.01.47 15.01.47 Same routing as 110 above. Landed at 14:15, departing at 09:12.
111 Turkey 28.02.47 01.03.47 Landed at 17:08, departing at 10:20. Routed Southampton (26th), Marignane, Elmas & Malta (28th).
116 Turkey 28.02.47 01.03.47 Landed at 17:06, departing at 10:21. Routed as 111 above.
114 Turkey 01.03.47 02.03.47 Landed at 15:55, took-off at 08:32. Routed Southampton, Bordeaux, Istres, Elmas, Malta, Athens & Izmir.
117 Turkey 01.03.47 02.03.47 Landed at 15:55 took-off at 08:31. Routed as 114 above.
        
 


Consul

SERIAL COUNTRY ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
UB339 Burma 30.10.49 03.11.49 Landed at 13:15, depart at 07:00. Arrived via Jersey & Bordeaux on the 23rd, Nice (25th), Rome (30th).
UB340 Burma 30.10.49 03.11.49 Landed at 13:17, depart at 07:01. Arrived via Jersey & Bordeaux on the 23rd, Nice (25th), Rome (30th).
121 Turkey 12.11.46 13.11.46 Landed at 16:45, departing at 09:34. Left Eastliegh on the 9th, Bordeaux (11th), Marseilles and Elmas (12th), Malta, (undecipherable location) and Izmir. Arrived with Oxfords 102/3 above.
122 Turkey 02.12.46 03.12.46 Landed at Hal-Far at 14:40, departing at 09:17. Arrived with Oxfords 105 & 106.
123 Turkey 20.12.46 21.12.46 Landed at 17:05, departing at 08:16. This aircraft was listed as an Oxford, but judging by the serial number, it is more likely to be a Consul.
126 Turkey 01.03.47 02.03.47 Landed at 15:50, departing at 08:30. Arrived with Oxfords 114 & 117. Routed Southampton, Bordeaux, Istres, Elmas, Malta, Athens & Izmir.
        
 

Beagle/B-N

AIRCRAFT SERIAL COUNTRY ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
Beagle 206S ST-ADA Sudan __.09.68   Seen in the markings of the Sudanese AF.
BN Islander BN.2A 202 Abu Dhabi   19.03.69 Pi G-AWVX, sprayed sand overall. Landed at Hal-far due to runway re-surfacing at Luqa. May have arrived on the same day.
        
 


F. Firefly

Unlike other aircraft on this page, these deliveries remained the property of their original owner, the Royal Navy.
Some would be based at the airfield, whilst others had been converted into drones, to be shot down by either missile or anti-aircraft guns.

Unless otherwise stated, the aircraft listed below are Firefly variants, based at the former airfield of Hal-Far, known by the British services as HMS Falcon, and operated by No. 728B squadron.

Information on this page courtesy of the Aviation Safety Network.


AIRCRAFT SERIAL SQUADRON ARRIVED NOTES
U.9 VT413/597/HF 728B 17.10.60 c/n F.8313. Delivered to Fairey Aircraft Ltd., Ringway Airport, Manchester on 09.12.55 for conversion from Firefly FR.5 to U.9 drone. First flown as a Firefly U.9 on 22.10.56 at Ringway Airport, Manchester. Delivered to the RAE at Llanbedr in July 1957. Returned to Fairey Aircraft at Ringway 14.08.57, and display by them at the SBAC Show at Farnborough early September 1957. Delivered to Short Brothers & Harland Ltd at RAE Llanbedr on 16.12.57.

Presumably damaged at RAE Llanbedr at some point in early in 1958, as Cat.4 damaged, and returned to Fairey Aircraft at Ringway for repairs 09.06.58. Upon completion of repairs, ferried to HMS Heron, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset 13.10.60 for the forthcoming delivery flight to Malta.
U.9 VT430/596/HF 728B 27.08.60 * c/n F.8330. Delivered to Fairey Aircraft Ltd., Ringway Airport, Manchester on 27.04.56 for conversion from Firefly FR.5 to U.9 drone. First flown as a Firefly U.9 on 10.01.57 at Ringway Airport, Manchester. Delivered on 16.06.57 to Short Brothers & Harland Ltd at RAE Llanbedr coded "V".

Returned to Fairey Aircraft at Ringway Airport, Manchester on 09.01.59 for refurbishment. To 728B Squadron at Hal Far.

*This is the date when it was issued to 728B squadron, which is not necessarily the date when it arrived at Malta.
U.9 VT463 728B F. Firefly: c/n F.8347. By July 1955 in storage at HMS Nutcharch, RNAS Anthorn ADU. On 29.09.55 Transferred to permanent C(A) (Controller (Air) charge and delivered 02.03.56 Fairey Aircraft, at Hamble, Hampshire for reconditioning. Upon completion of work, it was again flown on 03.01.57 to Fairey Aircraft, at Ringway Airport, Manchester for conversion to U.9 drone. First flight as Firefly U.9 drone was on 22.10.57 at Ringway Airport, Manchester.

Stored at Ringway Airport, Manchester until delivered on 11.02.58 HMS Blackcap, RNAS Stretton AHU, in Cheshire. By May 1958 it was in service with 728B squadron at RNAS Hal Far, Malta.
U.9 VT470/591/HF 728B 04.07.59 c/n F.8354. Delivered on 29.09.55 to Fairey aircraft, Hamble, Hampshire for reconditioning. Upon completion of this work, it was delivered on 08.02.57 to Fairey Aircraft, Ringway Airport, Manchester for conversion to Firefly U.9 drone. On 04.03.57 it was transferred back to Fairey Aircraft, Hamble (transferred to C(A)MoS (Controller Aircraft) Ministry of Supply charge in exchange for Firefly VT480). Returned on 31.05.57 to Fairey Aircraft, Ringway Airport, Manchester for completion of conversion to Firefly U.9 drone.

First flight as Firefly U.9 drone 09.01.59 at Ringway Airport, Manchester. Delivered to the RNAS Yeovilton Ferry Flight on 03.07.59 at HMS Heron, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset for delivery to Hal Far.
U.9 VT497/591/HF 728B __.03.58 c/n F.8381. In January 1954 the aircraft was stored at HMS Nuthatch, RNAS Anthorn RDU until 29.09.55 when it was then transferred to permanent C(A) MoS (Controller (Aircraft) Ministry of Supply) charge. Delivered on 26.03.56 Fairey Aircraft, at Hamble, Hampshire for reconditioning.

Upon completion of work, it was flown on 27.11.56 to Fairey Aircraft, Ringway Airport, Manchester, for conversion to Firefly U.9 drone. First flight as Firefly U.9 drone 15.10.57. After completion of test flying and short term storage, it was delivered on 14.01.58 to the FAA at HMS Blackcap, RNAS Stretton AHU. Returned on 27.01.58 Fairey Aircraft, Ringway Airport, Manchester for modifications.

Upon completion of work, it was returned on 03.02.58 to HMS Blackcap, RNAS Stretton AHU, Cheshire for short term storage. Delivered by HMS Heron, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset Ferry Flight in March 1958 to 728B Squadron, RNAS Hal Far.

Aircraft would be lost later in the year, see 1950s accident page.
AS.5 WB287 812 26.09.49 c/n F.8505. First delivered to the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy at RNAS Culham on 31.05.49. First issued for service to 812 Squadron at RNAS Hal Far, Malta.

This aircraft would be lost three months later, see 1950 accidents page.
U.9 WB374/595/HF 728B 29.07.60 c/n F.8579. Delivered to Fairey Aircraft Ltd., Ringway Airport, Manchester on 22.06.56 for conversion from Firefly FR.5 to U.9 drone. First flown as a Firefly U.9 on 28.03.57 at Ringway Airport, Manchester. Delivered to Short Brothers & Harland Ltd at RAE Llanbedr in 26.07.57 coded "H". Returned to Fairey Aircraft at Ringway 31.12.58, for overhaul.

Upon completion of overhaul, it was ferried to HMS Heron, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset 22.07.60 for ferry/delivery flight to Malta.
U.9 WB391/598/HF 728B 28.09.60 c/n F.8588. Delivered to Fairey Aircraft Ltd., Ringway Airport, Manchester 17.05.56 for conversion from Firefly FR.5 to U.9 drone. First flown as a Firefly U.9 on 01.02.57 at Ringway Airport, Manchester. Delivered to Short Brothers & Harland Ltd at RAE Llanbedr 26.07.57.

Damaged when ground-looped on landing at RAE Llanbedr 17.02.58. Damaged assessed as Cat.4(R), and returned to Fairey Aircraft at Ringway for repairs 12.06.58. Upon completion of repairs, ferried to HMS Heron, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset 27.09.60 for its delivery flight to Malta.
U.9 WB410/596/HF 728B 05.10.59 c/n F.8607. Built as Firefly FR.Mk.5, and delivered 01.03.50. Delivered to Fairey Aircraft at Hamble, Hampshire on 23.05.55 for overhaul and recommissioning. Upon completion of this work, it was selected for conversion to Firefly U.9 drone, and ferried to Fairey Aircraft at Ringway Airport, Manchester 16.04.56. First flown as a Firefly U.9 drone on 13.12.56 at Ringway.

Delivered to RAE Llanbedr, Harlech, Gwynedd 09.07.57 coded "K". Returned to Fairey Aircraft at Ringway Airport, Manchester 31.12.58 for overhaul. Upon completion, delivered to HMS Heron, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset to be ferried by the (Short Brothers & Harland Ltd-operated) Yeovilton Ferry Flight to Hal Far.

This aircraft would be lost the following year in an accident, see 1960 accidents page.
AS.5 WB418   02.06.50 c/n F.8615. Delivered to the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy at RNAS Culham on 27.03.50. It was delivered to RNAS Hal Far, then embarking aboard HMS Glory with 812 Squadron early in July 1950.

This aircraft would be lost three months later in a collision with another Firefly. See 1950s accidents page.
AS.6 WB438 826 c/n F.8635. Delivered to Fairey Aircraft, Ringway Airport, Manchester on 17.07.50 as a Firefly AS.5, to be converted to AS.6 standard. It was then delivered to the Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy at HMS Nuthatch, RNAS Anthorn RFU, Cumberland 05.02.51 for short term storage. Test flown on several occasions between 18 - 23.04.51, and then delivered in May 1951 to 826 Squadron FAA RN as "274/A".

Suffered damage in a coolant leak, causing black smoke to emit from engine on a sortie from HMS Glory on 10.12.53. Withdrawn from service to HMS Falcon, RNAS Hal Far, Malta shortly afterwards for repairs and storage. Shipped back to the UK aboard HMS Eagle on 01.06.54, and delivered to RNARY (Royal Naval Aircraft Repair Yard) Fleetlands, Hampshire in early July 1954.

        
 

Gl. Meteor

As early as August 1948, the Royal Egyptian AF had ordered two Meteor FA fighters and one Meteor T.7 two-¬seat conversion trainer.

Owing to arms sales restrictions following the war with Israel, the aircraft had to wait until October 1949, when the embargo was temporarily lifted, for them to be delivered to the REAF, a repeat order for ten F.4s and two T.7s having in the meantime been made and delivered in early 1950.

SERIAL VARIANT COUNTRY ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
1400 7 Egypt 28.10.49 29.10.49 Landed at 13:42, via Moreton Vallance, Farnborough & Nice. Departed at 12:04.
1401 F.4 Egypt 28.10.49 29.10.49 Landed at 13:40, via Moreton Vallance & Nice. No other refuelling stops listed. Departed at 12:05.
1405 F.4 Egypt 26.01.50 29.01.50 Departed Moreton Valance airfield on 16th, (typo?) Rome and Malta, landing at 16:12. Left Luqa at 10:46.
1402 F.4 Egypt 26.01.50 29.01.50 Departed Moreton Valance airfield on 16th, (typo?) Rome and Malta, landing at 16:15. Left Luqa at 10:45.
1403   Egypt 18.02.50 22.02.50 Departed the UK on the 17th, Paris, Rome, landing at Malta at 18:00. Departed Malta at 09:17.
1404   Egypt 18.02.50 22.02.50 Departed the UK on the 17th, Paris, Rome, landing at Malta at 18:02. departed Luqa at 09:16.
1413   Egypt 18.02.50 22.02.50 Departed the UK on the 17th, Paris, Rome, landing at Malta at 18:05. Departed Luqa at 09:15.
1441 7 Egypt 21.02.56 21.02.56 Refuelling stop 12:15-13:30. Originally WG994 with the RAF. Became G-7-145, prior to delivery to Egyptian AF.

        
 

HP Halifax

The following Halifaxes were overhauled by Aviation Traders Ltd at Southend UK. The date in parenthesis is the date of cancellation.

AIRCRAFT SERIAL COUNTRY ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
HP Halifax 9 1155 Egypt 11.01.50   Direct flight from Southend, landing at 19:05. c/n 1520, RT846 (27.04.49), G-ALOP (21.12.49) .
HP Halifax 1156 Egypt 21.01.50 22.01.50 Direct flight from Southend, landing at 19:20, leaving at 07:05. c/n 1481, RT793 (12.09.49), G-ALVI (19.01.50).
HP Halifax 1157 Egypt 04.02.50   Direct flight from Southend, landing at 20:45. c/n 1551, RT888 (27.04.49), G-ALOR( 03.02.50).
HP Halifax 1158 Egypt 16.02.50 17.02.50 Direct flight from Southend, landing at 23:15, Leaving Luqa at 09:17. c/n 1475, RT787 (27.04.49), G-ALOO (15.02.50).
HP Halifax 1159 Egypt 01.03.50 01.03.50 Landed at 00:30, leaving at 02:00. Departed Southend on a direct flight 28.02 at 17:30z. c/n 1526, RT852 (12.09.49), G-ALVJ (05.02.50).
HP Halifax 1160 Egypt 14.03.50 14.03.50 Landed at 00:20, leaving at 02:30. Departed Southend the previous day at 17:45z. c/n 1564, RT901 (12.09.49), G-ALVK (09.03.50).
HP Halifax Mk. IXA 1161 Egypt 27.03.50 28.03.50 Landed at 22:35, having departed Southend at 15:20z. Left Luqa at 07:30. c/n 1590, RT938 (12.09.49), G-ALVM (22.03.50).
HP Halifax 1162 Egypt 17.04.50 18.04.50 Landed at 21:00, departed Southend at 14:10z. c/n 1570, RT907 (12.09.49), G-ALVL (05.04.50). Departed Malta at 08:10.
HP Halifax Mk. IXA 1163 Egypt 24.05.50 25.05.50 Landed at 17:55, departing at 09;12. Left Southend on the 23rd, night-stop at Marseilles. c/n 1476, RT788 (12.09.49), G-ALVH (08.05.50).
        
 


Short

AIRCRAFT SERIAL COUNTRY ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
Sunderland MR.5 NZ4117 New Zealand 20.04.55 24.04.55 There were two batches of Sunderlands delivered to New Zealand, but this was the only one to have transited through Malta.

Previously RN286 and delivered to Calshot on 27.03.45. First test flown as NZ4117 on 01.09.53.
        
 


Supermarine

AIRCRAFT SERIAL COUNTRY ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
Attacker R4003 Pakistan c. 1951    
Spitfire 684 Egypt 16.04.50 17.04.50 Landed at 09:30. Had departed Southampton on the 13th at 07:00z, Rome on the 16th at 05:50z. Any additional re-fuelling stops not listed. Departed from Malta at 05:30.
Spitfire F.22 698 Egypt     The Royal Egyptian AF needed to replace the relatively large number of fighters lost in its war with Israel. The Spitfire IXs, which had remained in its inventory, were replaced during 1950-51 by twenty Spitfire F.22s which came from an ex-RAF batch re-conditioned for export. Passed through sometime in 1950-51.
Spitfire NH214 Turkey 11.04.48 13.04.48 Owner listed as “Air Ministry”, routed via Blackbushe, Jersey, Bordeaux, Marignane, Rome. Landed at 12:45, departed at 07:10. Aircraft didn’t have a log book.
        
 

 

        
 


        
 
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