Delivered new to Air France as Comet 1A F-BGNZ in 07.53. To DH as G-5-23 and converted to 1XB 03.57. Used in test work as G-APAS and XM823 by DH and Hawker Siddeley. SOC 04.68. 8351M from 07.73. Cosford Museum from 1978, latterly as G-APAS.
RAF Shawbury contains a large storage facility for the RAF with many hangars being air conditioned. This aircraft seems to have been moved away from those and I wonder if it was being readied for a return to service.