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RAF Puma coded P?

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RAF Puma coded P?

Post by FC Rob » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:40 pm

Whilst at Benson yesterday (5th Feb) this typically grubby Puma departed just after 15.00.

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Coded P in a slightly larger style to the current codes worn but in the same place.

Tried various Dbs and searched through sightings here as well, any suggestions for its serial?

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Re: RAF Puma coded P?

Post by slogen51 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:00 pm

That is Black Peter

Can't remember the serial but it is well known

Edit ZJ955

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Re: RAF Puma coded P?

Post by JAWS » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:20 pm

slogen51 wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:00 pm
That is Black Peter

Can't remember the serial but it is well known

Edit ZJ955
Thats what I thought until I saw this and it doesn't look very black apart from the soot from the exhaust and the P on Black Peter was in white .

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Post by chrisward123 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:09 am

15/1/20

09:06L - XX317/Pirate25 (Hawk T.1/100 Sqn) ILS/Overshoot R.25
13:50L - XX202 (Hawk T.1/100 Sqn) Overhead Join then ILS/Overshoot R.25
14:06L - G-JMCM/BAE101 (B733-3YOSF/Western Atlantic) Dep R.25 to AKT

OTT/Local
12:01L - ZJ955/SHF309/X (Puma HC.2/RAF) Arrive Barton airfield for Refuel

I presume the X is the code ?

ZJ955 was noted on the families day coded X and an unidentified puma coded P was also present .

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Re: RAF Puma coded P?

Post by slogen51 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:36 pm

Oh yes sorry

Now I can see it is just very sooty!

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Re: RAF Puma coded P?

Post by EGVP » Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:35 pm

I'd hazard a guess at XW232, based on the code sequence.

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Re: RAF Puma coded P?

Post by plmc135 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:32 am

slogen51 wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:36 pm
Oh yes sorry

Now I can see it is just very sooty!
Better get Sweep out to clean it, I am sure Harry Corbett will assist :clap:

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Re: RAF Puma coded P?

Post by slogen51 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:09 pm

Arff! Arff!

Showing your age

RAF Pumas are one of the hardest types to read off?

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Re: RAF Puma coded P?

Post by roger4 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:31 pm

Rob,

According to my ADSB receiver, it was indeed XW232, airborne at 15:10. Three others flew Wednesday, but this was the only one at the time you noted.

I don't think the code is any larger than the others, based on other photos of other Pumas here on FC.

I haven't positively tied them all up (codes vs. serials) by eye yet, despite living a mile or so from Benson. As others note, the Puma's are :grr: difficult to read off!

Roger

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Re: RAF Puma coded P?

Post by FC Rob » Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:43 pm

15.10 fits with my photo also no other Pumas were active at least half an hour either side of this time frame.
Thanks roger4 and everyone else for their replies.

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Re: RAF Puma coded P?

Post by EGVP » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:06 pm

I've now seen photo proof on Facebook that P is indeed XW232.

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