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Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

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Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby zacklaws » Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:24 pm

I noticed today at work that the gate guardian has finally turned up, a Gloster Meteor, WH132. I presume it is that serial number as the "H" was hidden behind a support and online I found the following, which confirms that it has to be correct:-

http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1245537/

At the moment it is in 3 parts, wings, cockpit and tail. But I did not notice the roundels or the yellow band on the tail section, unless there is another part to arrive. I did notice though that on one panel on the tail section, the lettering "Desert Equipment", which should show some light on its past history.
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby MCB » Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:47 pm

Don't think WH132 had much call for any "Desert Equipment", though Summer at Little Rissington can be quite warm:-

WH132 Meteor T.7, Built by Glosters at Hucclecote, Aw/Cn 30.11.51, d/d 207 AFS 10.12.51, to 43G D/A 11.6.54 Cat.4(Refurb), to FRL 2.7.54 Cat.4(Refurb), ex-RIW 31.1.55, to 8 FTS 8.2.55 (9.2.55), to 12 MU Kirkbride 5.8.55, declared NEA 1.2.57, returned to Effective Stock at 12 MU 31.3.58, to 33 MU Lyneham 13.10.59, to 27 MU Shawbury 19.2.60, to RAFFC Manby 9.4.60, to 27 MU 19.5.60, to RAFFC 21.6.60, to CFS Little Rissington 30.6.60, to 33 MU 15.3.61, to 5 MU 20.10.61, to 33 MU 8.11.61, to 'J' RAFFC 15.11.61, renamed CAW, to 5 MU 18.3.65, declared NEA 23.7.65, allocated 7906M for 276 Sqn ATC and Soc 27.7.66 Cat.5(GI).

Cheers,

MCB
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby 698 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:40 am

Is this the Meteor from Chelmsford ATC ?

It used to sit in the ATC compound along with a Rapier and a few other bits and pieces.

The Road you go down where the ATC is based is called "Meteor Way".
One of the sterwards at Essex Cricket Club once told me the road had been named after the Meteor :unsure:
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby DeanW » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:50 am

698 wrote:Is this the Meteor from Chelmsford ATC ?
One of the sterwards at Essex Cricket Club once told me the road had been named after the Meteor :unsure:

Blimey, I wondered where the Meteor went! I'd heard the same thing that the steward told you in that the road was named after the aircraft.
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby 698 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:08 pm

Looking at the info from MCB it looks like it may have been there for a long time!

I've not been down there for a couple of years but it's sad that it has gone .

I've lost count at the number of times I've queued up getting out of the cricket parking and looking at the Meteor, wondering where it had been and what it had done.

At least now I have some idea.

They'll have to rename it "Rapier Way" now :whistle:
Assuming the ATC still have that as well !
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby teeonefixer » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:56 pm

It is still sat there tonight (26th April), dismantled in a parking lot - right at the end of the track that goes past the main gate
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby 60mu » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:07 pm

hi
still there oct 2011 dismantled near the fence

60mu
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby zacklaws » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:33 pm

It isn't now, its been moved next to E flight's hangar so it is now out of sight.
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby 60mu » Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:37 pm

hi
is it still in bits ?

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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby zacklaws » Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:36 am

Yes, its still in bits.
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby raflec » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:20 pm

I understand this is a project for some of the maintenance people at Leconfield. (I did offer my services to assist in any way) Once completed the Meteor will go on display outside the E Squadron hanger out of public view. There is some sort of army vehicle that is going to be put on display at the main gate in February next year.
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby 60mu » Thu May 24, 2012 5:24 pm

hi
How is thje new gate guardian , still in bit ?

60mu
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby zacklaws » Fri May 25, 2012 6:02 pm

Wings and tail are on, just needs nose cone fitting and painting, so I've been told.
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby RJ51 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:05 pm

Would be gratefull if someone local to Leconfield could post an update on the status of the Meteor that was going to have been a Gate Guard for the SAR Flight.

Many thanks.
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby Al dunn » Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:00 am

I was there in October and managed to locate the meteor,

""I have managed to find the Meteor. It is located in an open ended hanger at the following location with no view from the outside

53.877315,-0.445279""

it needs a lot of work in my opinion before it goes on the gate.

Regards

Al
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby raflec » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:02 am

If it was going to be a gate guard for Search and Rescue, I doubt that it will ever get there. 202 Squadron "E" flight is leaving Leconfield for good at the end of March. I always thought it was just a restoration project for a group of enthusiasts.
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby RJ51 » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:27 am

Many thanks for the replies.

I hope the airframe survives and gets a good home. As has been said not many Meteors about.
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby cmmidev » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:56 pm

Still present this month in the location mentioned by Al. But, not how has nose cone on
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby 60mu » Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:00 pm

Hi
Its going on the main gate on Grange road,
So I was told.

60mu
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Re: Gate Guardian Arrived at Leconfield

Postby 60mu » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:38 pm

No longer at Leconfield.The Meteor T7 as been moved to Hooton park for the Hooton Park Trust.

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