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Header Picture: Happy 50th birthday to "Black Mike". This Phantom FG.1 XV582/M was delivered into RAF service 11th January 1969. This record breaking bird now resides at the South Wales Aviation Museum (SWAM) and will hopefully be on display to the general public from Easter this year ..picture credit IanG

SWAM (South Wales Aviation Museum) VOLUNTEERS MEETING - For those interested in helping set up the museum we are holding another meeting for volunteers on Saturday 26th January at 10:00. We are looking for any sort of help from cleaning and painting to anyone with aircraft engineering and electrical skills. The hangar has to have disabled access and there's also a lot of health and safety issues that need to be addressed before we can open to the public, so if anyone can help in these areas it would be appreciated ..regards Ian Grinter SWAM/SWAG

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South Wales Aviation Museum

South Wales Aviation Museum (SWAM)

An exciting new venture by Gary Spoors of GJD Services and John Sparks of Horizon Aircraft Services utilizing their own, and loaned, exhibits.
The following aircraft are now in place on the St Athan Picketston Business Park, with many more to follow. Planned opening to the public is Easter 2019, watch this space.


G-BOCB Hawker-Siddeley HS.125 Srs.1B/522 cockpit

MSN 25106 - 18/11/66 reg HZ-BIN to Sheikh Bin Laden (father of terrorist Osama Bin Laden) - 22/11/68 reg G-AWUF to Air Gregory Ltd, Denham - 03/10/69 to Lamport and Holt Line Ltd, Liverpool - 20/02/78 to McAlpine Aviation Ltd, Luton - 03/04/79 to Guinness Peat Group Services Ltd, London - 27/05/81 to MAM Aviation Ltd, London - 14/04/82 re-reg 5N-ALY to MAM Aviation - 30/09/83 re-reg G-AWUF to Goodman Air Taxis, London - 06/01/84 re-reg G-DJMJ to Goodman Air Taxis - 20/03/84 to DJM Construction Co, Jersey - 16/05/85 to McAlpine Aviation Ltd, Luton - 10/09/87 re-reg G-OMCA to McAlpine - 14/09/87 re-reg G-BOCB to McAlpine - 03/02/89 to Magec Aviation Ltd, Luton - 16/10/90 CofA expired - 94 wfu Luton - 22/02/95 reg cancelled as PWFU - to Hatfield as GIA - by 07/95 Barry College, Cardiff Airport as GIA - 01/01 broken-up, cockpit to Dave Thomas - by 10/01 to Dave North, AeroVenture Doncaster - c2010 to Bill Fern - mid 2018 sold to Port Talbot owner - 12/01/19 to St Athan for hangarage
G-BOCB
Picture credit IanG

G-BRFC/WP321 Percival Sea Prince T.1

MSN PAC/P/71 - ff 12/03/53 - 20/03/53 awaiting collection - 23/04/53 dd AHU Stretton - 14/11/53 AHU Lossiemouth - 17/11/53 744 NAS Eglinton "GN-406" - 06/04/54 AHU Lossiemouth - 08/09/56 750 NAS Culdrose "CU-675" - 13/10/59 750 NAS Hal Far "HF-675" later "HF-672" - 05/07/65 750 NAS Lossiemouth "LM-692" later "LM-659" - 26/09/72 750 NAS Culdrose "CU-575" - 23/04/74 RAF Sydenham for storage - 08/07/77 AHU Culdrose - 01/08/77 750 NAS Culdrose "CU-580" later "CU-570" - 26/06/79 5MU Kemble - sold to Rural Naval Air Service, Hitchin, Herts and reg 10/09/80 G-BRFC - 09/02/81-10/08/83 Ray Aylieff Ltd, "CU-570" applied - 22/08/83-03/02/94 Rural Naval Air Service - 03/02/94-12/11/99 Aces High North Weald - 26/11/99-23/08/00 Aces High US Inc, Wilmington, DE reg N7SY - 05/12/99 ferried North Weald-Bournemouth - 08/06/06-11/06/12 Andrew & Geraldine Dixon, Bournemouth reg G-BRFC - Bournemouth Aviation Museum - Bournemouth Hurn Airport - 11/06/12 Mark Stott, Exeter - 28/05/12 to St Athan
G-BRFC
Picture credit Gary Spoors/GJD Aerotech

G-BVGH/XL573 Hawker Hunter T.7

MSN HABL-003360 - 17/04/58 first flight - 17/07/58 delivered - DFLS - AFDS - DFCS "L" - 12/65 229 OCU "97" - by 1971 4 FTS "97" - 12/03/80 237 OCU - 81 Laarbruch Stn Flt - 82 237 OCU "573" later "WC" - wore 12 Sqn marks - 22/03/91 wfu to Shawbury MU - 09/93 for sale by tender - purchased by Barry Pover, dismantled and transported to Exeter - 26/11/93 reg G-BVGH - 07/05/94 first flight post restoration - 13/03/00 reg to DAT Enterprises Ltd and moved to North Weald - 2001 returned to Exeter - 16/08/03 reg to Global Aviation Services Ltd - 30/06/10 reg to David Davidson - 08/06/11 reg to Mark Stott - 15/12/11 to St Athan
XL573 G-BVGH Hunter T.7
Pictures credit Keith Morgan

G-KAEW/XL500 Fairey Gannet AEW.3

MSN F.9459 - 02/02/61 first flight - 09/03/61 AHU Culdrose - 17/03/61 849 NAS HQ Flt "CU-414" - 12/10/61 NARIU Lee-on-Solent - 23/10/61 AHU Culdrose - 01/02/62 Westland White Waltham for mods - 02/04/62 849 NAS HQ Flt "CU-417" - 18/04/63 Westland White Waltham - 11/09/63 849 NAS HQ Flt "CU-414" - 11/12/64 WHL Ilchester - 18/04/66 RNAS Brawdy - 28/04/66 849 NAS B Flt/HMS Victorious "H-332" - 02/09/66 loan to A&AEE Boscombe Down - ret 849 NAS B Flt "332" - 21/02/69 849 NAS HQ Flt "BY-767" - 20/11/69 WHL Ilchester - NASU Brawdy - 13/11/70 Lossiemouth - 14/04/71 WHL Ilchester - 05/07/71 NASU Lossiemouth - 14/01/72 849 NAS HQ Flt "LM-766" - 02/03/72 NASU Lossiemouth - by 12/72 849 NAS B Flt "R-042" - 01/12/74 849 NAS HQ Flt "LM-760" - 21/11/78 NASU Culdrose for storage - by 07/80 to A2701/E4755 for SAH Culdrose - by 12/81 stored - 26/05/83 began restoration to airworthy state - 19/09/83 first flight post restoration - Dowty-Rotol loan for noise tests - 28/02/85 final flight to Lee-on-Solent for storage - 16/06/90 by road to RNAY Fleetlands - returned to Lee-on-Solent - 05/07/95 to Culdrose for display - 23/03/00 to World Naval Base, Chatham Dockyard "CU" - sold to T J Manna/Kennet Aviation - 09/01/04 reg G-KAEW - 26/06/04 to North Weald - 26/07/08 to Exeter - 26/01/10 reg cancelled - 11/04/11 reg to Mark Stott - 04/02/12 to St Athan
XL500 G-KAEW Gannet AEW.3
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-OBLN/XE956 de Havilland Vampire T.11

MSN 15664 - 04/05/55 delivered - 67 Sqn - APS Sylt - 3 CAACU - 8 FTS - 1 FTS "67" - CATCS "N" - flown Shawbury-Hatfield, final flying hours 2456 - 02/02/71 St Albans College - 07/92 sold to de Havilland Aviation and moved by late 92 to Bridgend - 14/09/95 reg G-OBLN - by 05/03 to Pencoed - 14/05/04 to Rochester Kent and stored - 14/02/05 reg cancelled - 09/07/18 to St Athan - 26/11/18 reg G-OBLN to Jonathan Vivash
G-OBLN/XE956 Vampire T.11
Picture credit Keith Morgan

G-RAFI/XP672 BAC Jet Provost T.4

MSN PAC/W/17641 - 02/10/62 taken on charge - 2 FTS - CAW - CATCS - CAW - SoRF - 19/12/75 allocated 8458M - 15/01/76 1 SoTT Halton - 03/92 tendered for disposal - by 08/92 at Jurby, Isle of Man - 18/12/92 reg G-RAFI to R MacGregor Muir, Ramsey, IoM - 04/98 to Bournemouth - 09/11/98 reg to Glenn Lacey, Epsom - 27/02/99 first flight post restoration - mid 99 North Weald - 02/11/99 reg to Richard Everett, Sproughton - 02/04/03 Everett Aero Bentwaters - 15/05/09 Nottingham University, Retford as GIA - 22/11/10 reg cancelled - 29/07/11 Bruntingthorpe - 09/04/18 to St Athan
XP672
Picture credit Gary Spoors/GJD Services

G-SDEV/XK895 de Havilland Sea Devon C.20

MSN 04472 - 17/04/56 dd to AHU Lossiemouth - 10/07/56 FOFT Yeovilton - 08/11/56 728 NAS Hal Far - 07/05/57 AHU Lossiemouth - 25/06/57 Station Flight Lee-on-Solent - 16/03/59 781 NAS Lee-on-Solent - 09/07/59 AHU Lossiemouth - 23/08/60 781 NAS Lee-on-Solent - by 10/65 Station Flight Linton-on-Ouse - 20/09/66 NARIU Lee-on-Solent - 05/03/68 781 NAS Lee-on-Solent - 21/02/69 Station Flight Culdrose - 05/04/73 RNAY Belfast - 781 NAS Lee-on-Solent - 01/02/74 Station Flight Culdrose - 02/78 5 MU Kemble - 11/08/78 NATIU Lee-on-Solent - 13/03/79 781 NAS Lee-on-Solent - 25/03/815 MU Kemble - by 01/83 Station Flight Culdrose - 18/12/89 to storage at RAF Shawbury - 09/03/90 sold - 29/03/90 reg G-SDEV to P Gill & W Gentle and based at Cambridge - 09/95 to Bruntingthorpe for storage pre-disposal - 13/10/96 flown to Swansea - 19/11/96 reg to de Havilland Aviation, Bridgend - 30/07/98 reg to J Jones, Pencoed - 24/09/98 auctioned for £35,000 - late 98 flown to Shoreham - 03/12/98 reg to Wyndeham Press Group, Hove - by 09/03 at Kemble - 20/06/05 reg to Aviation Heritage Ltd, Coventry - by 10/11 at Coventry - 13/02/13 to Newquay by road for Classic Air Force Museum - 2015 to Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre - 08/07/18 to St Athan
G-SDEV
Picture credit StuC

WD293 de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10

MSN C1/0233, line number DHB.f11 - 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" - 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 was being phased out for a more high visiblity 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, St Athan - 16/01/19 moved on loan to South Wales Aviation Museum, St Athan
WD293-3
WD293 on arrival at St.Athan on 12/07/10 -Picture credit IanG

WZ869 de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10

MSN C1/0900 - 25/06/53 delivered to 9 MU Cosford - 25/08/53 Comm Sqn Colerne - 08/01/54 10 MU Hullavington - 22/06/55 Durham UAS - 26/06/56 22 MU Silloth - 16/05/56 Oxford UAS - 22/08/56 20 MU Ashton Down - 15/05/57 5 MU Kemble - 07/10/57 Dishforth Stn Flt - 15/12/57 27 MU Shawbury - 03/05/60 RAFC - 02/09/65 1 FTS - 20/05/68 crash-landed at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorks after the engine failed to pick up during an overshoot. The student had inadvertently turned off the fuel and ignition. The pilot was demonstrating an engine failure after take-off and then opened the throttle but there was no response from the engine. The pilot then asked the student if the switches were on and he replied that they were. The pilot then attempted again but without success and so a forced landing was made short of the airfield. In the subsequent investigation, it transpired that the student had misunderstood some comments made by the instructor pilot so had closed the ignition switches and only put them back on when asked if they were on by the pilot. The exercise had not been briefed beforehand and the student's inexperience was a contributing factor - deemed to be beyond economical repair, and struck off charge as Cat.5(G/I) - reduced to cockpit section - 05/06/68 allocated 8019M to 391 (Wilmslow) Sqn ATC, Handforth, Cheshire as "Chippax" - c97 departed to ? - 28/07/07 sold to South Moulton, Devon - 18/07/08 to Bruntingthorpe - 18/08/08 to Leicester, restored and extended "6" - to Bruntingthorpe - mid 2018 to St Athan
WZ869/6 Chipmunk T.10
Picture credit Keith Morgan

XL472 Fairy Gannet AEW.3

MSN F.9441 - 04/11/59 first flight - 30/11/59 retained by Fairey White Waltham - 30/01/60 AHU Culdrose - 11/02/60 849 NAS "A" Flt Culdrose/HMS Ark Royal "R-421" - 05/09/61 AHU Culdrose - 14/10/63 849 NAS HQ Flt Culdrose "CU-415" - 30/11/66 849 NAS HQ Flt Brawdy "BY-760" later "BY-762" - 08/03/71 NASU Lossiemouth - 06/04/71 849 NAS "B" Flt Lossiemouth/Ark Royal "044" later "R-044" - 06/12/78 RAE Farnborough - 06/12/78 A&AEE Boscombe Down Apprentices School - by 04/85 Fire Service Boscombe Down - by 01/87 derelict - 10/90 tendered for sale in MOD clearance - 91 Peter Vallance, Gatwick Aviation Museum, Charlwood - 01/09/13 sold and moved to St Athan as spares source for XL500
XL472
Picture credit Gary Spoors/GJD Aerotech

XV499 McDonnell Douglas F-4M-38-MC Phantom FGR.2 cockpit

MSN 9312/3477 - 07/08/69 first flight - 17/09/69 delivered to RAF in USA - 22/09/69 dd 23 MU Aldergrove - 12/05/70 228 OCU - 04/10/71 6 Sqn "G" - 19/06/72 HSA for Mods - 30/08/72 6 Sqn "G" - 23/09/94 228 OCU "M" - 02/10/74 29 (Designate) Sqn, coded "G" 11/74 - 01/01/75 29 Sqn "G" - 22/05/75 228 OCU - 05/06/75 41 Sqn, coded "O" by 02/09/75 - 22/09/76 60 MU Abingdon - 06/10/76 41 Sqn "O" - 30/12/76 to Wildenrath for 92 Sqn, coded "R" by 01/02/77 - 15/03/78 St Athan MU - 16/06/78 19 Sqn, coded "A" by 11/08/78 - 07/12/78 BAe Holme-on-Spalding Moor - 15/05/79 23 Sqn, coded "L" by 31/05/79 - 03/06/80 St Athan MU for special fit - 17/06/80 23 Sqn "L" - 09/10/80 56 Sqn loan - 05/11/80 23 Sqn "L", recoded "U" by 15/12/80 - 17/06/82 228 OCU - 24/08/82 29 Sqn "R" - 27/06/83 228 OCU - 19/07/83 St Athan MU for Mods - 24/08/83 29 Sqn - 05/10/83 228 OCU, coded "F" by 22/10/83 - 18/07/84 29 Sqn loan - 29/08/84 228 OCU - 11/12/86 St Athan MU for Major Servicing - 09/07/87 delivered to Leuchars - 16/07/87 228 OCU, coded "CF" by mid 08/87 - 18/03/88 to Falkland Islands, but had no chaff/flare fit - 23/03/88 returned to Leuchars and 228 OCU "CF" - 24/10/90 delivered to Wildenrath - 25/01/91 19 Sqn "F" - 14/01/92 delivered to Wattisham - by 11/03/92 74 Sqn "I" - 05/10/92 delivered to Leeming for use as WLT - by 07/93 1435 Flight, RAF Mount Pleasant marks added to the nose - 12/02/13 to Air & Ground Aviation, Hixon. Wings cut off for transport. Auctioned, but fell short of reserve and broken up 01/14 with cockpit saved - 27/06/15 moved to Bruntingthorpe after purchase by Gary Spoors - 25/01/18 to St Athan
XV499
Picture credit StuC

XV582 McDonnell Douglas F-4K-36-MC Phantom FG.1 "Black Mike"

MSN 9336/3253 - 11/01/69 first flight - 05/05/69 delivered to RAF in USA - 09/05/69 delivered to 23 MU Aldergrove - 08/07/69 Leuchars Conversion Flight (became 43 Sqn) - 01/09/69 43 Sqn "582", "F" by 02/70 - 23/08/72 to HSA Holme-on-Spalding Moor for Mods - 13/10/72 43 Sqn "F" - 08/10/76 to Disposal Account for Cat.3R repair - 03/11/76 43 Sqn "F" - 31/10/79 to HSA Holme-on-Spalding Moor - 09/04/80 43 Sqn "F" - 11/03/81 loaned to 111 Sqn - 06/04/81 to St Athan MU for Major Servicing and repaint in grey scheme - 31/07/81 43 Sqn "F" - 25/01/84 to St Athan MU for Mods - 20/02/84 43 Sqn "F" - 09/10/85 to St Athan MU for Major Servicing - 16/12/85 test flight at St Athan - 20/12/85 43 Sqn "F" recoded to "AF" - 24/02/88 flown Lands End-John O"Groats in a World Record 46 mins 44 secs (590 miles at 757 mph), first RAF Phantom to exceed 5000 hours during the flight (crew pilot W/Cdr John Brady and navigator Flt Lt Michael Pugh) - 25/04/88 to Disposal Account for Cat.3 Minor repair - 16/05/88 43 Sqn "AF" - 31/07/89 111 Sqn after disbandment of 43 Sqn - 09/90 painted black overall coded "M" for Leuchars Battle of Britain Airshow in tribute to the black 111 Sqn Hunters of 1950s - 09/90 228 OCU afer disbandment of 111 Sqn - 06/09/90 allocated 9066M for use as Weapons Loading Trainer, but authorised for further basic display flying due to its popularity - 16/02/92 final flight - 02/92 preserved with 111 Sqn/RAF Leuchars, later stored in HAS - 05/16 purchased by Gary Spoors, remained at Leuchars - 25/10/17 to RAF Cosford for restoration and RAF 100th Anniversary display - 20/11/18 to St Athan
XV582
Picture credit StuC   

XW420 BAC Jet Provost T.5A

MSN EEP/JP/1042 - 29/10/71 delivered - RAFC - 1 FTS "83" - 14/05/74 BAC Warton converted to T.5A - 07/06/93 allocated 9194M as GIA - 15/06/93 2 SoTT Cosford "MU" - 24/11/94 renamed 1 SoTT - 01/04/04 renamed DCAE Cosford - 25/06/13 to Woodvale as Gate Guard - 08/09/17 to St Athan
XW420
Picture credit IanG

ZA326 Panavia Tornado GR.1P

MSN BT006/3008 - 31/07/80 APU fire during ground tests at Warton requiring new rear fuselage - 31/03/83 first flight - 26/05/83 delivered RAE Bedford - 27/03/94 A&AEE Boscombe Down - 13/12/05 final flight and stored Boscombe Down - 08/05/13 purchased by Elliott Atkins and donated to Panavia Tornado Preservation Group - 01/10/13 by road to Bruntingthorpe - 27/10/18 to St Athan
ZA326
Picture credit StuC   

ZD627 Westland Seaking HC.4 cockpit

MSN WA938 - 25/06/84 first flight - 05/07/84 delivered - 707 NAS - 846 NAS - 848 NAS "WO" - 12/10/12 wfu to HMS Sultan, Gosport - 26/11/13 Bruntingthorpe - 12/14 cockpit removed - 02/15 fuselage used as film prop - by 11/15 fuselage to White Waltham - c10/18 cockpit to St Athan
........ Sea King Nose
Picture credit Keith Morgan

ZG822 Westland Sea King HC.4

MSN WA1003 - 18/09/90 first flight - 24/09/90 delivered - 846 NAS - 848 NAS - 846 NAS - 848 NAS - 846 NAS - 845 NAS - 846 NAS - 845 NAS - 846 NAS - 848 NAS "WS" - by 04/12 wfu to HMS Sultan, Gosport - 27/11/13 to Bruntingthorpe - 11/04/18 to St Athan
ZG822/WS Sea King HC.4
Picture credit Keith Morgan

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