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Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

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Judwin71
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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Judwin71 » Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:51 am

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:17 am
Judwin71 wrote:
Tue Apr 26, 2022 7:32 am
Is anyone able to physically confirm that the AW101 in primer is ZR287 not ZR285.
AFAIK the only primer Merlins currently flying are ZZ100 and ZR285. I'm not aware that anyone has seen ZR287 outside of the paint-shop yet.


Thanks for the reply Malcolm. The confusion arises from a photo on the internet taken by Phil Adkin at Westlands in July 2021 showing ZR285 in full colours.
We know that Westlands have in the past swopped Mode S between aircraft.
Regards
Keith

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by TB1 » Tue Apr 26, 2022 9:13 am

Keith,

If the photo you are referring to is on the Defence Hub site you need to read the blurb under it!
The photo shows ZR286.
Phil took a photo of ZR285, IN PRIMER.

Cheers

Trevor

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Judwin71 » Tue Apr 26, 2022 10:09 am

TB1 wrote:
Tue Apr 26, 2022 9:13 am
Keith,

If the photo you are referring to is on the Defence Hub site you need to read the blurb under it!
The photo shows ZR286.
Phil took a photo of ZR285, IN PRIMER.

Cheers

Trevor
The photo I refer to is in 'UK Serial Resource Centre' and clearly shows ZR285 with large serial on the tail in full colours.

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Andy Marden » Tue Apr 26, 2022 10:36 am

I'm getting really confused!
Looking at the UK Serial Resource Centre: http://www.ukserials.com/
there is indeed a photo of ZR285 in Jul21.
It is in primer....

Kevin Brewer
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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Kevin Brewer » Tue Apr 26, 2022 10:38 am

You're not the only one!

Malcolm
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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Malcolm » Tue Apr 26, 2022 11:47 am

ZR285 : has not, AFAIK, ever been painted. It was still in primer on 07/04/2022
ZR286 : is painted, and has been since Nov21 - I never saw it in primer.
ZR287 : ukserials has this one as f/f 20/04/2022. I was away last week (15th to 23rd) so have no further info on whether it was painted or not.
ZR288 : no confirmed sightings yet (possibly into paintshop on 11/04/22)

I did observe an unmarked polish primer Merlin being pushed into the paintshop on 11/04/2022, which I assumed at the time was ZR287. However if the f/f date on UK serials is correct for ZR287 then it seems more likley that the one I saw was actually ZR288.

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Judwin71 » Tue Apr 26, 2022 12:10 pm

Andy Marden wrote:
Tue Apr 26, 2022 10:36 am
I'm getting really confused!
Looking at the UK Serial Resource Centre: http://www.ukserials.com/
there is indeed a photo of ZR285 in Jul21.
It is in primer....
I am not convinced that the July 21 photo shows ZR285 in primer it looks more like two tone camouflage, it is certainly nothing like what was flying over the last few days.
Have a look at the photo of ZZ100 (I know this is Norway but only AW101 I could find in primer).

We will just have to wait for the next flight to see if that helps.
At least it gives us something to talk about after a few dull months. :S

Best Wishes to all.
Keith

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Malcolm » Tue Apr 26, 2022 12:29 pm

Judwin71 wrote:
Tue Apr 26, 2022 12:10 pm
Andy Marden wrote:
Tue Apr 26, 2022 10:36 am
I'm getting really confused!
Looking at the UK Serial Resource Centre: http://www.ukserials.com/
there is indeed a photo of ZR285 in Jul21.
It is in primer....
I am not convinced that the July 21 photo shows ZR285 in primer it looks more like two tone camouflage, it is certainly nothing like what was flying over the last few days.
Have a look at the photo of ZZ100 (I know this is Norway but only AW101 I could find in primer).

We will just have to wait for the next flight to see if that helps.
At least it gives us something to talk about after a few dull months. :S

Best Wishes to all.
Keith
Can you provide a direct link to the July 2021 image you're talking about of ZR285?

Is it this one? http://www.ukserials.com/images/ukimage ... 0422142425

If it is, then that is primer. Ok it's various shades of primer, and the cabin door does look partly painted, but none the less it's primer.

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Judwin71 » Tue Apr 26, 2022 1:54 pm

Thanks Malcom, our posts crossed.
We are talking about the same photo, so I accept that I was wrong and it was in primer.
However I still believe that it is ZR287 that was flying last week even though FlightRadar24 was showing it as ZR285.
Thanks again
Keith

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by ChrisGilligan » Tue Apr 26, 2022 2:44 pm

It was ZR285 flying last week. It has now been fitted with a few more bits and bobs including nose mounted FLIR and has now got a tiny painted panel at the root of the tail. I don't believe 287 has flown, or for that matter, even been seen (irrespective of what the internet says)

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 28, 2022 8:33 am

Thursday 28th April 2022 08:45L

Out on an overcast and slightly chilly ramp this morning are:

ZR285 Merlin for Poland, still in primer, now with a small FLIR turret pimple under the nose cone.
ZZ406 Wildcat AH1 "Army"
ZZ52(6/8) Wildcat AH1 "Army" - probably ZZ526 since 528 is an HMA2.
G-EDWA A-109 white colour scheme.

Cheers
Malcolm

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by mjcmerlin » Wed May 04, 2022 10:35 pm

Wednesday 4th May

ZH831 Merlin HMA2 AEW
ZR285 AW101 MK613 Poland primer
ZZ520 Wildcat AH
ZZ378 Wildcat HMA
I-RAIU AW149
G-EDWA A109E

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Judwin71 » Thu May 05, 2022 2:08 pm

Anyone tracking WHE07 this afternoon on Flightradar24 would have seen the following details 'AW101-612, Reg 0268 Serial 50268'.
This is incorrect, WHE07 was in fact AW101-614, ZR285, serial 50285.

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Malcolm » Thu May 12, 2022 8:32 am

Thursday 12th May 2022 08:45L
Out on a clear, warm and slightly muggy ramp this morning was :

ZZ100 Merlin (for Norway) still in primer

First time I've seen this for over a year. Looked complete and ready for flight. Also looked like it has been washed - I remember it looking distinctly grubby last time I saw it.

Cheers
Malcolm

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Re: Yeovil (Westland) sightings 2022

Post by Bluesteve » Sat May 14, 2022 4:29 am

An AW101 in yellow primer was outside and flew yesterday, and was quite clearly read as ZR285.
Steve

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