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    Header Picture: Gama Aviation Cessna 560 Citation XLS G-OJER at Cardiff 11/10/18 ...picture credit Mark Pearce

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    WD293 on arrival at St.Athan on 12/07/10 - IanG

    On 12 July 2010 three members of SWAG collected Chippax WD293 from Aberdare ATC. They had acquired it in the hope of turning it into a simulator but this didn't work out and they wanted to dispose of it, probably for scrap. We stepped in and gratefully took it off their hands. If you would like to see her, please contact me to arrange it. 

    WD293 is a De Havilland Canada DHC.1 Chipmunk T Mk.10, construction Number C1/0233 and line number DHB.f118.

    History: (any additions or corrections gratefully received)

    21/12/50 Awaiting Collection from de Havilland, Broughton
    28/12/50 1 Basic Flying Training School, RAF Booker coded "14"
    19/05/53 10 Maintenance Unit, RAF Hullavington
    05/01/54 School of Maritime Reconnaissance, RAF St.Mawgan coded "L".
    Picture credit MAP
    18/09/56 Maritime HQ, Chatham. Based at Rochester.
    17/02/58 22 Maintenance Unit, RAF Silloth. For refurbishment
    10/12/58 5 Maintenance Unit, RAF Kemble. Probably for repainting as the overall silver/yellow training bands scheme were being phased out for a more highly visible colour scheme.
    01/06/59 St.Andrews UAS, RAF Leuchars. Issued for their summer camp at Tangmere (5 June-4 July)
    06/07/59 (Perth UAS, Perth Scone) Note: entry as per RAF Record Card, no such Unit existed. Possibly it was issued to Glasgow UAS [then based at Perth] for their summer camp at Valley [15 July -19 August] and then returned to Perth for allocation to St Andrews UAS
    02/09/59 St.Andrews UAS, RAF Leuchars
    16/09/59 22 Maintenance Unit, RAF Silloth. For refurbishment
    20/06/60 Queens University Belfast UAS, Sydenham. One of six issued to the UAS to supplement their four unit strength Chipmunks for Summer Camp at Lyneham. It was flown to Sydenham on 20/06/60 from Silloth for acceptance and air tests and departed Sydenham on 24/06 with the 9 other Chipmunks for Lyneham. Bad weather caused a diversion to Kemble.
    04/07/60 Struck Off Charge as CAT.5C due to fatigued engine mounting bulkhead, discovered whilst the a/c was on Summer Camp at Lyneham
    07/07/60 allocated 7645M
    07/07/60 3 AEF, Bristol Filton, soon reduced to PAX trainer
    31/07/74 2308 (Cwmbran) Sqn ATC
    by 04/89 loaned to 1367 (Caerleon) Sqn ATC
    by 10/98 210 (Newport) Sqn ATC
    by 06/04 30F (Cardiff) Sqn ATC
    c05/09 254 (Aberdare) Sqn ATC
    12/07/10 South Wales Aviation Group

    With thanks to the RAF Museum Archive Dept and Geoff Ambrose, Air Britain Chipmunk specialist

     Walk-round pics

    WD293 Inst PanelInst Panel Rear
    Front Instrument Panel


     Front Stbd
    Front Starboard

    Front Port
    Front Port

    Front Lower
    Front Lower

    Front Cockpit Stbd
    Front Cockpit Stbd

    Front Cockpit Port
    Front Cockpit Port

    Rear Cockpit Port
    Rear Cockpit Port

    Rear Cockpit Stbd
    Rear Cockpit Stbd


    With thanks to the RAF Museum we received a copy of the Movement Card, here it is
    WD293 Form 78a

    WD293 Form 78b

    Throughout its service life WD293 would have worn the silver scheme with yellow training bands. This is how it would have looked.
    WD293 as it was

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