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MIDDLE WALLOP BASE TOUR 21/6/16

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MIDDLE WALLOP BASE TOUR 21/6/16

Postby grahamdevizes » Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:09 pm

An eagerly anticipated organised tour around all the facilities at Middle Wallop. Access was given for all hangars including the Apache hangar and photography was positively encouraged as long as no base personnel or technicians could be identified in the shots. The tour began with a talk by the base CO about the support the base provides and the types of aircraft based there. Following that, we were escorted to all areas by the base RSM, total tour time about two hours. Here's the log

MIDDLE WALLOP BASE TOUR 210616
NEW FRAMES
ZJ195 APACHE
ZJ187 APACHE
ZJ188 APACHE
ZJ199 APACHE
ZJ250 SQUIRREL
ZJ253 SQUIRREL
XX404 GAZELLE
XZ334 GAZELLE
ZB665 GAZELLE
XX403 GAZELLE
XX442 GAZELLE
XX378 GAZELLE
XX447 GAZELLE
ZB667 GAZELLE
ZB674 GAZELLE
XZ320 GAZELLE
XZ303 GAZELLE
XZ670 LYNX
XZ651 LYNX
ZD262 LYNX
ZD265 LYNX
ZD566 LYNX
ZE378 LYNX
XZ736 LYNX
XZ184 LYNX
XZ672 LYNX
XZ613 LYNX
XZ722 LYNX
ZD252 LYNX
ZD273 LYNX
XZ212 LYNX
XT151 SIOUX
XT131 SIOUX
ZJ969 B212
ZJ964 B212
ZK067 B212
XR379 ALOUETTE
XL812 SKEETER
XP820 BEAVER
XR244 AOP9
EM840 DH82
RG333` M38
WD325 DHC1
XP242 AOP9
ALSO NOTED
ZJ231 APACHE
ZJ213 APACHE
ZJ216 APACHE
ZJ217 APACHE
ZJ232 APACHE
ZJ180 APACHE
ZJ254 SQUIRREL
ZJ248 SQUIRREL
ZJ244 SQUIRREL
ZJ249 SQUIRREL
ZJ246 SQUIRREL
ZJ245 SQUIRREL
ZB691 GAZELLE
ZB692 GAZELLE
ZG884 LYNX
ZE375 LYNX
ZG887 LYNX
ZD261 LYNX
XT131 SIOUX
XT626 SCOUT

Many thanks to Middle Wallop for giving us all such a top notch tour.
Last edited by grahamdevizes on Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:55 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: MIDDLE WALLOP BASE TOUR 21/6/16

Postby dicanio » Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:59 pm

Excellent log Graham!

Who arranged the tour for you, if you don't mind me asking? I've been trying to get a look around Middle Wallop for ages!

Cheers
DC
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Re: MIDDLE WALLOP BASE TOUR 21/6/16

Postby Rampage 3 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:56 pm

Hi Graham
Do you know the identity of the 3 lynx out the back of MPSU? We saw one Army and two navy there on Monday
Thanks
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Re: MIDDLE WALLOP BASE TOUR 21/6/16

Postby grahamdevizes » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:12 am

Hi lads, the tour was arranged by one of our Aviation for All forum members who simply wrote to the base CO enquiring if such tours were available. He liaised with a lovely lady called Pen who organised it all, once permission had been granted by the CO. The only hangar we were not allowed into was hangar 2 but we were allowed to peek inside and those with better eyes than mine were able to read off the reggies of the Lynxes inside.

We were even allowed to sit in an Apache cockpit in their hangar 5 which was a huge bonus. So, other than hangar 2, we had free reign and as said, there were few "off limit" photos, we were told NOT to take shots that could ID staff members or take shots of any open panels on the Apaches. The last stage takes in the historic aircraft hangar where we were entertained by George "Smokey" Bacon, a lovely old chap who has been there, written the book and wears the t-shirt. We thought that a tenner each was a suitable contribution seeing as we had such a great tour and we gave the collection to Smokey to help towards the vintage aircraft he and his team look after.

I was taking photos whilst a mate was logging the frames but he reliably informs me that the Lynxes to the rear of hangar 2 were XZ184, XZ722 & ZD252, one of which has rotors still attached and is due to take her place with the rest of the gate guardians shortly.
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Re: MIDDLE WALLOP BASE TOUR 21/6/16

Postby dicanio » Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:31 pm

Thanks Graham

I just joined the forum. Cosford and Shawbury are also on my 'to-do' list.

Cheers,

DC
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Re: MIDDLE WALLOP BASE TOUR 21/6/16

Postby grahamdevizes » Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:56 pm

You're welcome DC, and thanks for taking the time to sign up with our forum. Aviation for All was formed in January 2015 following the demise of the old Farnborough forum and we have most of the top contributors and photographers from there. We are small by some standards with under 300 members but it is a very friendly forum and we have many "professionals" with the contacts to open doors for the group as far as visits and tours are concerned.
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Re: MIDDLE WALLOP BASE TOUR 21/6/16

Postby sschofield » Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:41 pm

Graham,

Your mate didn't happen to log which of the Apaches were out on the pan did he? We were there the day after and saw 6, of which we ID'd 187 definitely and possibly "213" and "218" . "218" looks more likely to have been "216", but "213" could also have been "231", which is what my mate thought he read it as - I was confident it was 213!

Also, there were a number of Lynxes outside the hangar near the main gate, is that those being referred to above? There were more than 3 on the Wednesday!

cheers

Stuart
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Re: MIDDLE WALLOP BASE TOUR 21/6/16

Postby grahamdevizes » Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:10 pm

Hi Stuart, just emailed my "secretary" on the tour and he says that these were the six Lynx outside the back of that hangar


XZ184
ZE378
XZ722
ZD252
XZ736
ZD566

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