On the move
Classic jets constitute most of this month’s movements round-up. The big news concerns AW Meteor NF11 WM167/G-LOSM’S forthcoming transfer from Coventry to Bruntingthorpe. There it will join its former Classic Air Force hangar-mate Venom FB50 WR470 in the site’s Cold War Jets Collection. As with the Venom, this move effectively ends the airworthy Meteor’s flying days, although it will likely be maintained in a taxiable condition. WM167 was built in 1952 as one of 335 Meteor NF11S produced. It was delivered to No 228 OCU but reclaimed by the manufacturer in 1961 for conversion to TT20 (target tug) standard, following which trials work kept it in service until 1975. WM167’S first civilian owner was Doug Arnold/ Warbirds of Great Britain, who had it restored to its original NF11 configuration. Starting in 1984, the Meteor was operated on the airshow circuit by Mike Carlton/brencham Group− which returned it to flight and applied No 141 Squadron markings−its successor Jet Heritage and most recently, the Classic Air Force at Newquay and Coventry.
MDD Phantom FG1 XV582
Black Mike left Leuchars for Cosford in October 2017 to be refurbished and displayed at the RAF100 airshow in June. Although they are yet to be confirmed, plans are in place to transport the former No 111 (F) Squadron Cold War fighter to GJD Services’ facility at St Athan.
Two-seat SEPECAT Jaguar T4
XX841 which served with Nos 6 and 41 Squadrons was delivered to North Weald on the eve of ‘Jetfest’ in late September. It is reported to be a return-to-flight project but few further details have yet emerged.
Former US Navy and civilian fire-fighting PBY-5A Catalina
PH-PBY has been sold by the Dutch Stichting Exploitatie Catalina organisation to the Collings Foundation, based in Massachusetts. It will remain at Lelystad over the winter but is set to be ferried across the Atlantic next May.
Finally, SE5A reproduction ‘C1096’/G-ERFC, profiled in last month’s ‘Old Timers’, was flown for the first time by ‘Dodge’ Bailey at Old Warden on 19 October. Built by John Tetley and now owned by Roy Palmer, the replica is scheduled to stay at its new home throughout the 2019 Shuttleworth season.
UK airshow stalwart Meteor NF11 WM167 is heading for Bruntingthorpe
ABOVE: Phantom FG1 XV582 Black Mike with period 'aircrew' at RAF Cosford in June
Former RAF Jaguar T4 XX841 is now at North Weald for restoration
Dutch Catalina PH-PBY will cross the Atlantic next Spring to join the Collings Foundation
SE5A 'C1096' had its first test-flight at Old Warden on 19 October