Bournemouth Herald scrapped (G-BEYF)?

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All,

Sad to hear that the aircraft has been scrapped, apparently. Information is listed on yahoo classic propliner list.

L

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Shame, I have a soft spot for the Herald as it was the first aircraft I flew in.
I notice, according to Wiki, that there are 6 other survivors around the country, I didn't realise that there were even that many.
Whats the status of the one 'stored' at Heathrow.

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If you mean the one at Gatwick........last reports was it was still with the Fire Service there for possible none destructive training.

No reports are recent though

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a friend of mine tells me that the BAEG newsgroup reported the Herald was scrapped on Monday evening...a real shame if this is true as I had a contact in the RMAF Museum who wanted the aircraft back home as G-BEYF was originally built and delivered to the RMAF as FM-1022.

Prior to entering service with Channel Express she previously flew as G-BEYF with British Air Ferriers, British Island Airways, Air UK and Elan/TNT and carried the dubious honour of the last flying example of her type.

If she has really gone then it's RIP Yankee Fox...

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The Gatwick Herald is indeed still there, parked on the grass next to the Juliet Hold for 09. Saw it there last yesterday morning.

FB

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Surely it would have been of interest to a museum.

My guess is, that there are very little money in scrapping aircraft and that it was scrapped purely to get rid of it.

Don't they approach the museum community before scrapping?

It might not be cheap to transport an aircraft that size, but with a few well placed cuts, it could be lifted on a normal truck, or at least the cockpit could have been on display somewhere.

I'm not a great proponent of private induviduals storing aircraft in scrapheap conditions, but surely an actual museum, or aviation group, could have taken care of this aircraft.

Maybe it turned out, that no one (who could actually document a plan for it) wanted it, thus dooming it to the scrapper. They would never have been likely to hand it over to someone, who just wants it for the garden.

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To be honest it could be a situation like the Hendon Beverley

Quick get rid of it before someone makes a fuss to save all the hassle.

Shame............but if that was the case I can see their point.......want space clear area of what to them was probably a piece of junk.

I am saddened by this and have fond memories watching for those last few weeks when it was the only one of it's type still flying.

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Surely it would have been of interest to a museum.

My guess is, that there are very little money in scrapping aircraft and that it was scrapped purely to get rid of it.

Don't they approach the museum community before scrapping?

My understanding from the BOH locals, is that the museum guys are currently on borrowed time at their old location and are making efforts to vacate the site and find homes for all the exhibits. They officially closed at the end of last year and are currently in negotiation with local planners for a new open air site at the nearby "Alice in Wonderland" theme park (just across the road). They have also been offered the CL-44 Guppy, which will provide some usefull storage space, so long as the aircraft can be actually be moved there.

I guess that the Herald would have cost too much to move there as well and it had started sinking in to the mud.

The locals say it may be used as a deep water diving trainer, or a fire training aid.

I will post more info if I hear anything.

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Last pictures of the herald.

I was at the airport on monday afternoon and saw the sad sight of the herald
being cut up.what i can tell you is that every effot was made to save the aircraft.when the airport said you can't move the aircraft across the airfield.
we were left with only other museums stepping in to save the aircraft,only if the museum paid for delivery.this was not an option so to cover the cost of moving the rest of the museum to the new site the herald would be used as payment.its sad for the herald but it's saving the rest of the aircraft.sorry the pictures are poor,i only had my mobile on me.

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Sad site! I was just reading an article in an older flypast the other day about her being flown into retirement...

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Was the cockpit or anything significant saved?

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just come back from the airport, the cockpit section has now been removed. all that's left now is the centre section.i was told that it was to be taken to bits for transportation,then at a later date it could be rebuilt. not a chance now its been chopped.

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thanks for the update nick. Sounds like the cockpit section at least will be saved. Presume the museum is going to keep this?

Have you got any other news or photos?

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i was told that it was to be taken to bits for transportation,then at a later date it could be rebuilt. not a chance now its been chopped.

Nah just makes the rebuild more fun ;)

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cockpit is at booker,(wycombe air park). we have apparently been offered a fuselage section for fire training.

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stevfire
do you know why the cockpit is at booker, and how much of the fuse has been offered?

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stevfire
do you know why the cockpit is at booker, and how much of the fuse has been offered?

By chance I called into Booker on Friday and was able to chat with the guys and take some snaps. Cockpit has ended up at Booker as the firm contracted to dispose of it is based there. They did offer to dismantle it properly so it could either be moved or stored until someone else took it on but timescales and lack of space sadly meant that was not a viable option - the cockpit only survived as the lads felt something should be kept. Everything else you see on the lorry is due to go for scrap in the next few days.

Fuse wise you are talking from infront of the tailplane up to where the front was removed.

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the cockpit section interior is extremely complete, i believe the "scrapper" wants it to go to a good home. apparently, the section of fuselage we have been offered is 42 feet. probably going to be a bit too big for us in all honesty. two diving schools are also interested. barry just wants scrap value,
even though its his living, hes a great guy and generous to a fault.

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Would be nice if someone could save the Cockpit, both for the Herald and the potential collection - Woodley seems appropriate.

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The most appropriate place for the cockpit would be the Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum

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Quite right David but I suppose Woodley is more viable now. Pity there's not a RMAF C-130 visiting RIAT this year, they could have taken the cockpit section home in that...!!!