Best seat in the house for an aviation enthusiast. Here on a flight from London to Toronto, the airplane was withdrawn and stored in Winnipeg June 17, 1973. Later sold to Beaver Enterprises and broken up for parts, although the cockpit section was saved.
Built by Fairey's Stockport factory, first flying at Manchester Ringway on 25.10.56 as an AS.4. Later converted to COD.4 for operation by 849 Squadron. Retired by 1971 and destroyed by the Yeovilton fire section in April 1979.
In the wake of the collapse of Jetair, the Australian government snapped up its DC-3s and gave them away as foreign aid along with several RAAF aircraft. The idea was to take these aircraft out of reach of anyone else planning on taking on then duopoly of Ansett and TAA. The two-airline policy could only be enforced by import restrictions because interstate trade was protected by the constitution. VH-EQN was donated to Nepal.
The second prototype Vampire wearing the early period scheme including "P for prototype" in yellow circle. First flew 17.03.44 and LCdr E.M.Brown made the first carrier landing on HMS Ocean on 03.12.45. Later to RAE Farnborough for further trials and now preserved.
Before balloonists started using petrol driven fans, someone, nicknamed 'Cremation Charlie' had to stand inside using a stick to hold the fabric up as the buners were used to heat it. When he could no longer stand the heat, the burner was turned off and he got out, Dave Hooper from the Dublin Balloon Club is seen here in that dangerous role at Wollaton Park. Thanks to Robin Macey for the information