Latest report is from an abandoned aircraft graveyard somewhere in the united kingdom. There used to be a fair few more planes at this place but they have unfortunately been moved or sold for scrap. Remaining were 3 Planes and 1 Helicopter including a 1962 Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 C/N WA362 and a Avro Shackleton MR.3 which was pretty impressive both internally and externally. We were blessed with rather perfect weather for such an explore and I can safely say it was a successful end to a cracking weekend explore with Dystopia and Lowri.
Before the photos check out the video of the explore:
First up we have the 1962 Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 C/N WA362 RAF Rescue Helicopter. The Helicopter is a Rotorcraft with 1 Bristol Siddeley Gnome H1000 Turbo Shaft Engine, It seats 11 people (or at least it did when it had seats…)
Next up we have the Avro Shackleton MR.3 Plane The Avro Shackleton was a British long-range maritime patrol aircraft for use by the Royal Air Force. It was developed by Avro from the Avro Lincoln bomber with a new fuselage. It was originally used primarily in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) roles, and was later adapted for airborne early warning (AEW), search and rescue (SAR) and other roles from 1951 until 1990. It also served in the South African Air Force from 1957 to 1984. The type is named after the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
The Avro Type 716 Shackleton MR.3 was another redesign in response to crew complaints. A new tricycle undercarriage was introduced, the fuselage was increased in all main dimensions and had new wings with better ailerons and tip tanks. The weapons capability was also upgraded to include homing torpedoes and Mk 101 Lulu nuclear depth bombs. As a sop to the crews on 15-hour flights, the sound deadening was improved and a proper galley and sleeping space were included. Due to these upgrades, the take-off weight of the RAF’s MR.3s had risen by over 30,000 lb (13,600 kg) (Ph. III) and assistance from Armstrong Siddeley Viper Mk.203 turbojets was needed on take-off.
Finally, a couple of currently unidentified craft… suggestions welcome in comments if you know what they are…
A little revisit report from June 2013 now up here.
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love these pictures lucy you
Hey, where abouts is the location?
Sorry Mr Smith but I dont discuss locations or access details. Thanks PM
yes thay are ! thats amasing that thay are still there for some reson during decomishion the feeds were removed its good that this one sliped though the gap its a shame about the damige why would people do that and the fact that the people who own the land cant shear nicely ! sorry about the spelling i have dyslexia
with the u.a’s look for cereal numbers and backgrownd cheek any/all id numbers sorry thats all i can do to help :/ but a question the Shackleton fong gunner posishion dos it still have the belt feeds ? idk why but all the shackletons (and bits of) in museums privet colechions and other graveyards arwond the world have had them removed
^^ this the belt feeds you are referring to? I have tried for a revisit but unfortunately access is a little trickier now as unfortunately some people have caused damage to the aircraft 🙁
Thanks for the comment William
Well as for your mystery aircraft I have found out what they are. The first one with the two missing engines is a Gloster Meteor. Its one of the few aircraft I know of where the wing beam is in front of the inlet. The second aircraft is a Percival P.66 Permbroke. That one was pretty hard as there were only 128 of them made.
Hi Daniel, Thanks for the comment and assistance in identifying these 🙂 After a couple of searches I think the second one might actually be a Percival Sea Prince, Similar to the Permbroke but with some slight minor differences mainly to the internals from what I could tell at first glance. I’ve revisited them recently but security has been stepped up slightly and neighbours to the fenced off part have been told to call the owner and or police if anyone is seen trying to get within the perimeter fence. Thankfully the Percival is outside that so we spent a little more time there 🙂