Chip­munk WG486 get­ting retro look

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The Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Flight’s Chip­munk T10 WG486 is cur­rently un­der­go­ing ma­jor ser­vic­ing with the Air­craft Restora­tion Com­pany. When it was flown to Dux­ford in July it was painted in the stan­dard RAF train­ing black colour scheme with white stripes on the wings. When it re­joins the BBMF at Con­ingsby, to be used for the con­ver­sion and con­tin­u­a­tion train­ing of BBMF fighter pi­lots on tail­wheel air­craft, it will be wear­ing an at­trac­tive ‘retro’ RAF paint scheme from 35 years ago, when it was in ser­vice with the Bris­tol Uni­ver­sity Air Squadron at Fil­ton.

The BBMF’S two Chip­munks (the other is WK518) are the last in RAF ser­vice. WG486 was built at Broughton, Ch­ester and de­liv­ered to the RAF on 3 Jan­uary 1952. It was flown by three dif­fer­ent fly­ing schools be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the Army Air Corps in 1957. In De­cem­ber 1958, it went to Cyprus with No 114 Sqn and was used for a short time for low-level front-line op­er­a­tions against the EOKA ter­ror­ists. Back with RAF Train­ing Com­mand, it was based at RAF Cran­well, South Cer­ney, Church Fenton and Lin­ton-onOuse be­fore be­ing al­lo­cated to Liver­pool Uni­ver­sity Air Squadron, and in 1968 to Bris­tol Uni­ver­sity Air Squadron and No 3 Air Ex­pe­ri­ence Flight. WG486 re­turned to the front-line in 1987 when it joined the Ga­tow Sta­tion Flight in Ber­lin, where it was em­ployed on se­cret pho­to­graphic re­con­nais­sance ‘spy flights’ over the Ber­lin Con­trol Zone dur­ing the Cold War. It first joined the BBMF in 1995.

Mid-win­ter 1972, BUAS Chip­munk WG486 leads a for­ma­tion take­off from Fil­ton

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