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Roadrunner

Please post movements and activity at any other location not specified above which handles military movements within the United Kingdom.
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a321
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Roadrunner

Post by a321 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:22 pm

Noted heading north on a wet and windy M40 near Warwick on a low loader, at around lunchtime was a Fairey Gannet. Anyone have an ID for it or know where it was going. Thanks in advance. a321

MRTT
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Re: Roadrunner

Post by MRTT » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:38 pm

XA459, from White Waltham. Heading to Solway Aviation Museum for a bit of TLC.

a321
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Re: Roadrunner

Post by a321 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:25 pm

Thanks for that. The rain was so bad, I only just recognised it as a Gannet.

H.A.Bucken
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Re: Roadrunner

Post by H.A.Bucken » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:12 am

It was thanks to the carp skiing weather up at Aviemore in 1975 that I spent my first time outside an operational airfield: Lossiemouth. Jags of course, three Gannets on the ramp and another coming off the North Sea, Shackledraggers and for good measure a Vulcan (XL390 I think which later 'brought it' in Malta?) arriving for a few approaches and a Dutch Neptune flying over the top.
Lossie it was where I caught the bug. Bless them all especially the contra-props.
Roger

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Re: Roadrunner

Post by Vulcanone » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:48 am

It was XL390 but it stalled while doing a wing over during a practice display at NAS Glenview Chicago 11th August 78, crashed onto a refuse tip killing 4

H.A.Bucken
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Re: Roadrunner

Post by H.A.Bucken » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:59 pm

Thanks Vulcan; knew it came to grief, but not sure on the location.
Sad either way.
R.

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