The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Chipmunk T10 WG486 is undergoing major servicing with the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford. The 1952-built trainer — one of two used by the flight for conversion and continuation training of BBMF fighter pilots on tailwheel aircraft — will have the current standard RAF training scheme of black with white stripes replaced with a more attractive livery that it wore 35 years ago when it was in service with the Bristol University Air Squadron at Filton.
The BBMF’s two Chipmunks (the other being WK518) are the last examples to fly on RAF charge. WG486 was built at Broughton, Chester and delivered to the RAF on 3 January 1952. It was flown by three different flying schools before being transferred to the Army Air Corps during 1957. In December 1958, it went to Cyprus with No 114 Squadron and was used for a short time for operations against EOKA terrorists. Back with RAF Training Command it was based at Cranwell, South Cerney, Church Fenton and Linton-on-Ouse prior to being allocated to Liverpool UAS, and in 1968 to Bristol UAS and No 3 Air Experience Flight. WG486 returned to the ‘front line’ in 1987 when it joined the Gatow Station Flight in Berlin, being employed on secret photographic reconnaissance flights over the Berlin Control Zone during the Cold War. It joined the BBMF in 1995.
Peter R. March