RN Historic Flight

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What is the situation of the flight for next year, i keep hearing rumours of lack of finance and was wondering what they would fly next year and how the various aircraft were doing. Swordfish - how many, 1,2 3?? Sea Hawk - Jet pipe situation? Firefly - Flying again yet ? Sea Fury - Engine situation ? Any others ?? Phil.
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RE: RN Historic Flight Hello Here's some news on some of the RNHF fleet The latest on the Firefly is that it is close to a test flight so will be back on the circuit for next year. The Sea Hawk WV908 jet-pipe repair is complete but the aircraft is awaiting reassembly, which will be done after the Firefly project is completed. Swordfish II LS326's corrosion problems are still being rectified but it is hoped to be finished in time for 2002. Sea Fury VR930's Centaurus is being rebuilt after the aircraft suffered an engine failure in August 2001. The third Stringbag, III NF389 is undergoing rebuild at BAE-Systems Brough. Hope this helps Mark Russell
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RE: RN Historic Flight Thanks Mark, Thats all very good news, perhaps they should take on the Gannet thats sat at Sandtoft doing nothing!. Phil

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RE: RN Historic Flight Absolutely.....mind you I'm one who feels the flight should have taken on a Buccaneer S.2 on retirement for returning to Naval config., not to mention the Sea Vixen, as companions for the Sea Hawk. There was also the missed opputunity to have 'ear-marked' a Falklands combat veteran FRS.1 Sea Harrier for future use as well. I know....money, or rather lack of it, same old chesnut!!!!
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Gannet AEW Mk3 XL502 (G-BMYP) Hello Gents, I've been following the current FOAEW project being run by the DPA for the new UK CVF carriers fairly closely and it led me to have a look at the last fixed wing type to provide the service for the Fleet. Naturally my first stop was the excellent Thunder and Lightning site and lo it provided enough detail to keep me happy for a while. Whilst reading I noticed a commentry on a near-airworthy example held by Imperial Aviation with a note suggesting that it may be returned to the display circuit sometime this year. I was wondering if anyone knew whether this had happened or knew of the Gannets' participation in any display's next year? Thanks and Regards, Steve

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RE: Gannet AEW Mk3 XL502 (G-BMYP) Jonesy- the propellor for the Gannet was finished a long time ago. The Gannet wasn't that airworthy allegedly when she flew in to Sandtoft. Don't hold your breath on seeing her in the sky next year if at all.
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RE: Gannet AEW Mk3 XL502 (G-BMYP) LAST EDITED ON 06-11-01 AT 02:27 PM (GMT)[p]David, Thanks for the info even if it wasnt quite what I was hoping for! I would very much like to see a Gannet flying if only for the fact it might be noticed and remind some of the plant life in the Admiralty that a rotary wing platform just isnt sufficient to provide thorough, high endurance AEW coverage to the fleet...grrr! Damien, Thanks to you also. Thunder and Lightning is your site? You sir have my deepest appreciations on an excellent piece of work. I was looking for info on the Supermarine Swift a little while back and found everything I needed on your pages - thanks! Warm regards, Steve
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RE: Gannet AEW Mk3 XL502 (G-BMYP) yeh nice one re thunder and lighting site it is really great i must take some pics of the gannet that is down the road at chatham dock yard and send them to you. rabie :9