[jhb_airlines] Re: Lightning

  • From: "Peter Dodds" <pdodds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 10:30 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)

There used to be a Fairey Gannet outside Deeside College (West of chester
south of the Dee Estuary, not Scotland)).  It stood between the road and
the main college building so looked very imposing, although it isn't a
pretty aircraft.

Just found this on the web.
"The aeroplane, which up until 2003 was sited outside the front of the
College, was a Mark 6 Fairey Gannet. During trials in June 1950 on HMS
Illustrious, this had become the first turbo-prop aeroplane to land on an
aircraft carrier. The Fairey Gannet went into production in 1953 and into
operation in 1955 (Lee-on-Solent, HMS Eagle and HMS Ark Royal). In 1970,
Flintshire College of Technology already had four aircraft and bought the
surplus Gannet from the Ministry of Defence for £750, to add to its
collection. 

The aircraft was flown from RAF Lossiemouth into Hawarden Airport in 1971
and was then towed to the college using an agricultural tractor! Even
with the wings folded they had some difficulty getting it under the
bridge at Shotton. Nevertheless it reached Connah's Quay safely and was
fully utilised by the Aeronautical Engineering Department for training
purposes until 1995, when it was put out to grass to stand on guard at
the entrance to the College.

In the summer of 2003, the Fairey Gannet was dismantled by 750 Thorne
Squadron, Air Training Corps and taken off to South Yorkshire Air
Museum.The college donated the aircraft to the Air Museum for tender
loving care and restoration by young air cadets."

Peter

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