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Thursday, December 18, 2014

St.Athan Residents 2014

The following were present in 2014. Those without a departure date were still here on 31/12/14.

University of Wales Air Squadron - callsign "UAWxx"
G-BYVW/VW Grob G.115E Tutor
G-BYVW at St Athan 7 04 11
Picture credit Richard Peckham

G-BYWA/WA Grob G.115E Tutor
G-BYWA at St Athan 7 04 11
Picture credit Richard Peckham

G-BYWD/WD Grob G.115E Tutor
G-BYWD at St Athan 7 04 11
Picture credit Richard Peckham

G-BYXB/XB Grob G.115E Tutor ..arrived 09/09/13 on loan to UWAS during Tutor grounding ..departed 14/01/14
G-BYXB Grob Tutor
Picture credit Keith Morgan

634 Volunteer Gliding Squadron - callsign "VGLxxx"
ZH209/UQ Grob Vigilant T.1
Picture credit Paul Hughes

ZJ962/SK Grob Vigilant T.1
ZJ962/SK St Athan 200311
Picture credit Richard Peckham

South & East Wales Police Air Support Unit - callsign "Police 32"

G-WONN Eurocopter EC.135T2
Picture credit IanG

71 (Inspection & Repair) Squadron, 42 (Expeditionary Support) Wing
Did have Hawk cockpit XX254 and AV-8B cockpit 163205 for structural repair training, both last noted 10/08 and probably long gone. The unit moved to Wittering in 2014.

XZ183 Lynx AH.7 ..first noted 03/13 but "been here for about 6 years" ..still present 06/01/15 but believed to have departed soon after
Lynx AH.7 XZ183 6 Jan 15
Picture credit James Thomas

RAF/Marshall Aerospace 
Operation formed in 2013 to store/dispose of the remaining C-130K Hercules C.1/3 fleet and associated spares/GSE. Based in the "Superhangar".

XV177 Hercules C.3 ..arrived 29/10/13 as "Reynard 1"
XV177 Hercules C.3
Picture credit Keith Morgan

XV188 Hercules C.3 ..arrived 05/09/13 as "Ascot 719"
XV188 Hercules C.1
Picture credit James Thomas

XV196 Hercules C.1 ..arrived 04/09/13 as "Omen 2"
XV196 Hercules C.1
Picture credit James Thomas

XV200 Hercules C.1 ..arrived 18/04/13 as "Ascot 702"
XV200 Hercules C.1
Picture credit Keith Morgan

XV209 Hercules C.3A ..arrived 25/04/13 as "Ascot 715"
XV209 Hercules C.3A
Picture credit Keith Morgan

XV214 Hercules C.3 ..arrived 29/10/13 as "Reynard 2"
XV214 Hercules C.3
Picture credit Keith Morgan

XV295 Hercules C.1 ..arrived 22/10/13 as "Reynard 1"
XV188 Hercules C.1
Picture credit James Thomas

XV303 Hercules C.3 ..arrived 22/10/13 as "Reynard 2"
XV188 Hercules C.1
Picture credit James Thomas

ZD704 BAe.125 CC.3 ..reportedly arrived by road from Brize Norton on 20/11/13. This was substantially damaged in a severe hail storm at Kandahar, Afghanistan, probably on 23/04/13. It may be with 71(IR)Sqn for damage assessment.

Special Forces Support Group 
VN-A190 Boeing 737-4H6 ..fuselage only arrived late May/early June 2013 from Kemble for training purposes
Picture credit StuC, taken at Kemble

International Air Response

N121TG Lockheed C-130A Hercules (3119) ..arrived 01/11/14 from Cardiff, based until June 2015 on oil spill response duties.
Picture credit Mark Pearce

Bristow Group
Bristow SAR
Due to start operations in 2015 from a new purpose-built hangar in the Southwestern corner of the airfield as part of the UK SAR contract. Two AgustaWestland AW189s will be based.
Bristow SAR
Artists impression

Horizon Aircraft Services (formally Hunter Flying Ltd)
Moved in from Exeter in December 2011 and are based in one of the hangars nearest St.Athan village. They provide hangarage and maintenance support to the Red Star Rebels and based private a/c and carry out long/short term maintenance/restoration work. Renamed in 10/13.
The following are aircraft on restoration, maintenance and storage only. See "Private Residents" for active a/c hosted by HAS.
For 2012-2013 departures see HERE and for 2014 HERE

801 Hawker Hunter T.66B centre fuselage only ..arrived c.01/12 ..stored
Hunter Flying 01/10/12
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-APXX/"VH-FDT" de Havilland DHA.3 Drover II ..arrived 05/08/13 from Wycombe Air Park
VH-FDT Drover (Really VH-EAS)
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-BMDP Partenavia P-64B Oscar 200 ..arrived by road on, or about, 09/12/14
G-BMDP Partenavia P64B Oscar 200
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-BMFG Dornier Do-27A-4 ..arrived 04/03/14 for maintenance ..departed 09/04/14 ..returned ..departed

G-BMJY Yakovlev Yak-18A ..arrived 09/01/14 for maintenance ..departed 2014
07y G-BMJY Yak-18A
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-BNPH/WV740 Percival Pembroke C.1 ..arrived 04/05/12
Picture credit StuC

G-BRFC/WP321 Percival Sea Prince T.1 ..arrived 28/05/12 by road for restoration
Picture credit James Thomas  

G-BURD Reims-Cessna F.172N ..arrived 07/11/13 from North Weald for maint/repaint G-NWFT 08/11/13 ..departed 04/02/14 to North Weald
G-BURD Cessna F.172N
G-NWFT Cessna F.172N
Pictures credit Keith Morgan 

G-BWFT/XL602/VL Hawker Hunter T.8M ..sectioned fuselage/wings, arrived by road 16/01/12, stored
Picture credit James Thomas
XL602 G-BWFT Hunter T.8M Centre Section
Picture credit Keith Morgan
XL602 G-BWFT Hunter T.8M Tail Section
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-BWGL/N-321 Hunter T.8C ..arrived 21/11/13 for maintenance, departed 11/03/14
N-321 G-BWGL Hunter T.8C
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-BWSG/XW324/Jet Provost T.5 ..arrived 25/03/14 for maintenance ..departed 30/04/14
XW324/U G-BWSG Provost T.5
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-CBAN/XX668/I Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 ..first noted 04/11 in UWAS hangar. CofA expired 21/05/10 with a Bristol owner. Moved to HFL 08/12 for restoration. First flight post maintenance 05/04/14.
XX668 at St Athan 7 04 11
Picture credit Richard Peckham

G-CBSS Yakovlev Yak-52 ..arrived 25/06/14 ..departed 2014
G-CBSS Yak-52
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-CONY/N22746 BAe Jetstream 31-12 ..arrived from Humberside by road on 25/10/14. Had arrived by air at Humberside on 04/09/12.

G-DACA/WF118/569 Percival P.57 Sea Prince T.1 ..arrived by road from Charlwood 05/09/12
WF118/CU-569 Sea Prince C.1
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-EGHH/J-4083 Hawker Hunter F.58 ..arrived by road 07/03/12, stored, registration cancelled 05/08/14
Picture credit James Thomas

G-FFOX/WV318 Hunter T.7B ..present for maintenance 22/02/14 to 05/03/14

G-JPVA/XW289/73 BAC Jet Provost T.5A ..arrived 02/04/14 from Yeovilton ..departed 06/06/14 to Kemble
XW289/73 G-JPVA Provost T.5A
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-KAEW/XL500 Fairey Gannet AEW.3 ..arrived by road 04/02/12, under restoration to fly
XL500 G-KAEW Gannet AEW.3
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-KAXF/N-294 Hunter F.6 ..arrived 02/10/14 from Leeuwarden for winter maintenance

G-UVNR BAC Strikemaster Mk.87..arrived 26/03/14 from Exeter
G-UVNR BAC.167 Strikemaster MK.87
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-YAKC Yakovlev Yak-52 ..arrived 25/03/14 for maintenance
G-YAKC Yak-52
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-YAKF Yakovlev Yak-52 ..arrived 10/04/14 for maintenance ..departed 2014
G-YAKF Yakovlev Yak-52
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-YAKI/100 blue Yakovlev Yak-52 ..arrived 29/11/14 for maintenance..departed 19/12/14
G-YAKI Yak-52
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-YAKV/31 silver Yakovlev Yak-52 ..arrived 08/04/14 for maintenance ..departed 2014
31/silver G-YAKV Yakovlev Yak-52
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-YAKZ/33 red Yakovlev Yak-50 ..arrived 05/13 for maintenance ..departed 06/05/14
33/red G-YAKZ Yakovlev Yak-50
Picture credit Keith Morgan

WF137 Hunting Sea Prince C.1 ..arrived 11/07/13 from Booker as a spares source. Departed by road 09/14 for scrapping in the Cardiff Docks area.
WF137 Sea Prince C.1
Picture credit Keith Morgan

XK885 Percival Pembroke C.1 ..arrived 25/09/13 from Charlwood via Booker
XK885 Pembroke C.1 (Arrived 25/09/13)
Picture credit Keith Morgan

XL472/R:044 Fairey Gannet AEW.3 ...arrived 01/09/13 from Charlwood as a spares source and restoration to static display condition
XL472/044-R Gannet AEW.3
Picture credit Keith Morgan

ZS-SSC Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan 2 ..arrived 07/10/14 from Cardiff. Departed 05/04/14 to Cardiff, then to Marseille on 09/04/14.
Picture credit Phil Woods

Horizon Flight Training
Horizon Flight Training is a fully approved flight school formed in late 2014. Offers training for EASA PPL, EASA LAPL and Night Rating. Also offer Trial Flight Experiences and pleasure flights.

G-BRBH Cessna 150H ..arrived Summer 2014 from RAF Henlow for rebuild by Horizon
G-BSSB Cessna 150L ..taken over from Avi8tors/FTL
G-BSSB at Cardiff 13/03/14
Picture credit Richard Peckham

Dragon Aircraft Engineering 

Based in Hangar 385.
We don't know when the Company started or when the aircraft arrived.
The following were believed to be present in 09/14:

CS-ARI Robin HR.100-210 Safari ..fuselage
CS-DAI OGMA DHC-1 Chipmunk T.20 ..dismantled
CS-DAJ OGMA DHC-1 Chipmunk T.20 ..dismantled
(CS- ) ? DHC-1 Chipmunk ..grey primer, under restoration
G-AOS? de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 ..rear fuselage, silver
WB645/8218M de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 ..fuselage, no cockpit
unmarked DHC-1 Chipmunk ..grey primer
unmarked de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10

Red Star Rebels
Red Star Rebels
Formed in 2012 as a new aerobatic/demonstration team flying L-29 Delfins. Aircraft hangared and restored/maintained by HFL.
For a departure see HERE   
Web page no longer current 2014 and team believed to have disbanded without a display being flown.
The aircraft continue to be based with private owners.

G-BYCT Aero L-29 Delfin ..arrived by road 22/02/12. Sold 06/08/12 and departed 04/09/14 to North Weald. Arrived 03/12/14 for maintenance.
G-BYCT L-29 Delfin
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-BZNT Aero L-29 Delfin ..arrived by road 16/02/12, restored and repainted 2014.
Picture credit James Thomas
G-BZNT L-29 Delfin
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-DLFN Aero L-29 Delfin ..arrived by road 24/05/12 as D-FJET.
Picture credit James Thomas
Hunter Flying 06/08/12
Picture credit Keith Morgan

RA-01611 Aero L-29 Delfin ..arrived 12/04/12 by road, stored unrestored ..not seen 12/14 and believed to have departed
Picture credit James Thomas

Avi8tors Flying Club
Avi8tors FC
Formed late 2013 and began operations in January 2014 from the Horizon hangar.
Their Aim is to provide South Wales with a reputable, reliable, professional and safe flight training centre and flying club facility for Student Pilots, Experienced Pilots, Aircraft Owners and Aviation Enthusiasts.
They offer flight training, license and rating qualifications, private hire, air experience flights, Pilot services and Fuel.
Club believed to have gone out of business summer/autumn 2014, and is no longer present at St.Athan.

G-AVJF Cessna F.172H ..arrived 30/01/14 from Haverfordwest ..departed 08/09-14 back to Haverfordwest
G-AVJF Cessna F.172H
Picture credit Keith Morgan 

G-BAYO Cessna 150L ..arrived 11/04/14 from Haverfordwest ..departed mid 2014 ?
G-BAYO Cessna 150L
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-BSSB Cessna 150L ..arrived 02/01/14 from Haverfordwest
G-BSSB Cessna 150L
Picture credit Keith Morgan

Flight Training Solutions (FTS Flying)
Formed in Summer 2014 and based in Hangar 385.
Believed closed soon after start-up.

G-BRBH Cessna 150H ..arrived Summer 2014 from RAF Henlow for rebuild by Horizon
G-BSSB Cessna 150L ..taken over from Avi8tors

Private Residents
Hangared with Horizon. Some spend time at Cardiff due to Saints ATC opening hours. For departures see HERE   

G-ASUP Cessna F.172E ..arrived 15/10/12 from Cardiff
Hunter Flying 15/10/12
Picture credit Keith Morgan  

G-AZCZ Beagle B.121 Pup ..arrived 10/13 from Cardiff
Picture credit Jac Osborne

G-AZOF Victa Airtourer T.5 ..arrived 11/12 from Cardiff
Picture credit RichT

G-BBTY Beech C23 Sundowner
Picture credit RichT

G-BVGH/XL573 Hawker Hunter T.7 ..arrived 15/12/11, re-painted by HFL mid-2013
XL573 G-BVGH Hunter T.7
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-BWGF/XW325 BAC Jet Provost T.5A ..arrived 17/05/12, repainted 10/12 by HFL
XW325/E G-BWGF Provost T.5B
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-JANN Piper PA-34-220T Seneca III ..winters at St.Athan, summers at Cardiff
G-JANN PA-34-220T Seneca lll
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-JMGP/125 Aero L-39ZO Albatross ..arrived 15/09/14
125 G-JMGP L-39 Albatross
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-MERL Piper PA-28 Arrow IV ..arrived from Cardiff 02/02/13 ..repainted by Horizon 02/14 ..back to Cardiff
Picture credit Phil Woods
G-MERL PA-28 Arrow IV
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-PRII/XG194/N Hawker Hunter PR.11 ..arrived 15/12/11 ..repainted as WT723/LM:692 03/14
XG194 G-PRII Hunter PR.11
Picture credit Keith Morgan
WT723/692-LM G-PRII Hunter PR.11
new colours 03/14 - Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-PSST Hawker Hunter F.58A ..arrived 15/12/11
Picture credit Mark Pearce

G-SPUT Yakovlev Yak-52 ..arrived 19/01/12 as G-BXAV, re-registered on 18/06/12, repainted 08/12 ..departed 2014
G-BXAV Yakovlev Yak-52
Picture credit Keith Morgan
St Athan 20/08/12
Picture credit James Thomas

G-VLTT Diamond DA42 Twin Star ..arrived 23/05/12 as SP-DLP, re-registered on 10/09/12 ..winters at St.Athan, summers at Cardiff
G-VLTT Diamond DA-42
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-WEFR Alpi Pioneer 200-M ..arrived 21/09/12
G-WEFR Alpi Pioneer 200-M
Picture credit James Thomas

N2401Z Piper PA-23-250 Aztec F ..arrived early 2012
Hunter Flying 21/04/2012
Picture credit Keith Morgan


Arriving in March 2013 from South Africa via Felixstowe docks for long term rebuild in the UK were:
ZS-APD de Havilland DH.87B Hornet Moth (8163)
ZS-ROY de Havilland DH.87B Hornet Moth (8117)
ZS-UKX Bellanca 14-13-3 (1633)
all three are stored in containers and are believed to be current

For a departure see HERE   

N5043X Cessna 172C (172-49424) ..arrived 08/12/14 by road to be converted to a travelling flight simulator for the Air Cadets
Picture credit StuC 

Stored near the church and in the area where the VC-10s were scrapped is the fuselage of a Eurofighter. This is non-flying Major Test Item "JP098", used for wing attachment box trials by EADS Munich. It arrived at St.Athan on 11/07/02 and was at first stored by the Battle Damage Repair Training School before passing to the NDT School. For many years it was stored near the old Harrier engine running pan. Last seen 03/09/14.
Picture credit Richard E Flagg

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