INTERESTING AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS-
25.10.2000 G-BSDU Jet Ranger Draycott
Water site to Draycott
G-SCOW Twin Squirrel to Battersea
and return to Windermere.
N1065B Beech 55 Tatenhill to
G-SCBI TB20 Enstone-Carlisle.
G-MILT Jet Ranger Battersea
G-AZAB PA30 Denham-Baginton.
26.10.2000 G-BVTM Cessna 152
G-RVRA PA28 Liverpool-Wellesbourne.
G-FLYP Beagle 206 Cranfield
G-BAMY PA28 Blackpool-
G-MURY R44 Bath-Baginton-
G-OGEE Pitts S2B Leicester-
G-BTHA Cessna 182 Leicester-
G-BPYR PA31 Leicester-
Baginton for ILS runs.
G-PROD Squirrel Prodrive
Banbury site to MIRA testing grounds.
G-BKSS Mascaret Baginton.
G-AZVM Hughes 369s to private
landing site near Corley services.
G-ODOD Helicopter Baginton-
30.10.2000 G-PZAZ Navajo ambulance
flight from Baginton.
HB-IBH Falcon 2000 Baginton.
XS235 Comet 4C seen here landing at
Fairford on 28.7.94 has been
civilian registered as G-CPDA
(G-APDA was a BOAC Comet 4c)ex
Boscombe Down it has been ferried
to Bruntingthorpe and overhauled
for its eventual ferry flight to
Lasham, which is no strange airfield
to Comets being the base of the
now defunct Dan Air Engineering
headquarters who operated a fleet
of Comet 4c aircraft in the past,
my thanks to Dave Peace for providing
this lovely picture.
That roving photographer Dave Peace
has provided this latest photograph
of XS235 shown here in civil markings
as G-CPDA.British Aviation Research
Group provide these brief details-
built by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd
at Hawarden for use by the A&AEE
Boscombe Down as a navigational
trials aircraft,first flight 26.9.63
and named 'Canopus'
Lovely atmospheric shot of Grosvenor House thr famous racing DH88 Comet G-ACSS together with the aforementioned Comet 4C XS235 from the A&AEE and celebrating 25 years of Comet operations recorded on the nose.
credit:Dave Peace,at Hatfield open day 1.7.89
1.11.2000 G-WURL R22 Leicester-Wellesbourne
G-OSEE R22 Wellesbourne-Chipping Warden.
G-BTIS Twin Squirrel photographic work Banbury area.
5.11.2000 G-DOOZ Squirrel 2 through BHX zone.
6.11.2000 G-KFRA PA32 Baginton.
N1874M Gulfstream III GFSC Finance Corp,Baginton.
STOP PRESS! FIRST BALISTIC RECOVERY SYSTEM AIRCRAFT VISITS COVENTRY AIRPORT-
Today Tuesday 2nd January 2001 the first purpose designed aircraft to have a built in parachute for recovery in an emergency visited Coventry (Baginton) airport) the aircraft type a Cirrus SR20 N184CD paid a brief one hour visit to the airport,the aircraft has recently received full FAA type approval following extensive testing in the States,the machine boasts an healthy order book.
The manufactures Cirrus Design,4515 Taylor Cir,Dulluth,MN,55811-1548 kindly supplied this photograph of a similar aircraft to the one that visited Coventry today.
This Thomas Morse Scout Replica G-MJTD was to have been the first of many world war one replicas to be built in an aircraft factory at Baginton in 1988.This particular machine was built in Cambridge by Dega Engineering and was photographed by myself whilst preparing an article for Aviation News magazine at that time.The date of the photograph is 3.4.88 and shortly afterwards the aircraft was moved to smaller premises on the North side of the airfield and was not seen again.
Beech Kingair C90 aircraft are fairly common visitors to Coventry but this example is a freighter,OY-JRO operated by Danish Air Transport visited Baginton on 15.6.97 and sports a rather unusual colourscheme.
Pic credit D.Peace archives.
10.11.2000 G-BAGB SIA Marchetti SF260 British Midland Airways,through BHX zone.
12.11.2000 G-IZZS Cessna 182 diversion to Wellesbourne due to windshear.
G-OFIL R44 private site 5 miles South Glos to private site at Stratford.
N6107Y RC114 Tamboti Aviation Inc trustee,Baginton.
15.11.2000 G-OCAA HS.125-700B Luton-Baginton.
G-OVBJ Jet Ranger III,Aeromega pipeline survey work carried out every Wednesday,low level Baginton-Silverstone.
N41AK Kingair Baginton-Dublin.
N600RN MD600N helicopter,Shoreham to ?
N40386 Bassler BT67 Turbo Dakota conversion,Baginton for ferry tank overnight installation,then to Oshkosh USA.
17.11.2000 G-MASS C152 Baginton.
NIUK PA28 Baginton.
G-BFBB Aztec,Halfpenny Green-Cranfield.
N818Y PA30,Two day stay Baginton.
Former Kirtons Farm Enstrom F28-UK G-BCFP seen here at the Midland Aircraft Engineering auction at Coventry on 5.8.2000 the helicopter was purchased by Wings Over Warwickshire and has been rebuilt following its dereliction.
The helicopter suffered a catastropic failure of a big end over Theale,Reading on 9.9.84 crashing into a ploughed field and turning over,the pilot escaped unhurt.
If you flew this helicopter or owned it at any time I will be pleased to piece together its history.
Convair 440 CS-TML seen here in its original Air Atlantique markings.Portuguese civil aviation rules precluded the use of these titles and it has reverted back to Agroar Cargo titles,Delivered to Mohawk airlines as N4402 on 29.7.59 it has been registered in the past as N357SA,N28KE,N28KA.
The aircraft has recently undergone an engine change and has been seen compass swinging at Baginton,my thanks to Dave Peace for this photograph at Coventry on 21.5.2000.
At last thanks to Dave Peace a photograph
of the elusive first scheme applied to this
aircraft a CV440,note the legend Atlantic
Airlines which was removed not long after
and replaced with the Agroar titles explained
Picture taken on 21.5.2000 at Coventry.
17.11.2000 G-BWAC Waco YKS.7 Wellesbourne.
N818Y PA30,Baginton two day visit,One Eight Yankee Aviation Inc Trustee.
19.11.2000 G-BVPR R22B Leicester-Wellesbourne.
20.11.2000 G-BTDI R22 Baginton.
22.11.2000 G-BPRI Squirrel 2,railway line vandalism survey Coventry.
N176AF Citation 650,Baginton,General Aircraft Capital Corp.
G-BZEI A109,private site Bicester-private site Walsall.
G-NJAG Cessna 207 Super Skywagon,Fairoaks-Liverpool.
G-MILI Jet Ranger,Sirius Aviation,Leicester-?
G-CYLS Cessna T303 Crusader,Baginton.
24.11.2000 G-..ZH Piper Clipper,Husbands Bosworth -strip in Bath,further details requested.
G-TSAM Bae 125 srs 800B,BHX.
25.11.2000 G-JETX Jet Ranger,Elstree-site near Tatenhill calling for fuel at Wellesbourne.
26.11.2000 G-AZSZ Aztec D,Wellesbourne.
G-TGRZ Jet Ranger,Sywell-Wellesbourne.
N554RB Beech Baron,Bruntingthorpe-Baginton,Rodney Badham Inc Trustee.
29.11.2000 G-FPLA Beech A200,calibration,back and forth over Warwickshire landed BHX.
N115VC R44 Clipper,Wellesbourne,based in Greece on sales tour.
1.12.2000 G-WHST Squirrel,Wellesbourne-Belfry.
N92562 AA5 To Blackpool,through BHX zone.
D-GAMA PA44 Baginton.
2.12.2000 G-BZEI A109,private site Wigan-private site in Heathrow zone.
G-BVPL Zenair CH601 through BHX zone.
G-JENN AA5 Baginton.
3.12.2000 G-MELV Rallye,Staverton-Baginton.
G-PPLH R22,private site Belper-Wellesbourne.
G-LORR PA28,Halfpenny Green-Wellesbourne.
G-ROZI R22,private site Belper-Wellesbourne.
4.12.2000 RA-26044 AN-26B,Air Charter Services,Baginton.
6.12.2000 G-WARP Cessna 182,Army Parachute Association,Netheravon-South Cerney.
16.12.2000 G-BSXD Soko P-2 Kraguj,Wellesbourne.
G-IBRO Cessna 152,diversion Bourn-Leicester.
G-OSCH Cessna 421,Cardiff-BHX.
G-OOGI Cougar,Denham-Wellesbourne for circuits.
17.12.2000 G-DACL Short 330,Air Cavral,EMA-Baginton.
G-BIUV HS748,Emerald Airways,Baginton.
G-BTXG Jetstream,Highland Airways,Aberdeen-Baginton
(operated by Air Atlantique)
DID YOU KNOW? That there are 226 Robinson R22 helicopters currently on the British Civil Register,140 Jet Rangers and 92 Robinson R44 HELICOPTERS.
And this figure is growing weekly,the Robinsons have been more successful over here than in the States!
For many years now a pool of Learjet pilots has been held at Baginton witness the number of Learjets passing through the airport.Companies such as Sea Containers Associates,Graff Diamonds and the Automobile Association have all used this type of aircraft and operated them from Coventry,shown here is N15SC the Sea Containers aircraft which was operated on their behalf by McAlpine Aviation.
Photograph was taken outside the Airworks hangar previously occupied by Alvair who operated a fine maintenance organisation run by Denis Hancox.
Archive photograph by Barry Clay.
MOTHER OF THREES ROUND THE WORLD FLIGHT-
Fifty six year old Polly Vacher left Birmingham airport today 12.1.2001 for her 22,000 mile flight around the world.
The aircraft being used is a Piper PA28 Dakota G-FRGN will visit 17 countries including India,Australia and large portions of the USA.The trip will mark the smallest aircraft flight by a woman around the world to be flown solo.The purpose of the trip is to raise money for the Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholership scheme which enables disabled people to reach their full potential.
Delightful photograph comes courtesy of John Dunbar/Imagecare shows Sqd Ldr Pinner formating with Polly at the start of the round world flight from Birmingham International Airport.
The Piper Dakota has a range of 2400 miles with the special tanks installed,2 VHF radios are fitted,together with one HF radio,2 emergency locator beacons,avionics fit is 2 VOR's,one RM,one HSI with glideslope and locator,2 GPS's and a three axis autopilot.
Why not follow her remarkable journey by going to this link-
RECENT AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BRANCH BULLETIN EXTRACTS-
Jodel DR1050 G-AWWN struck a small tree during an overshoot at Baxterly airstrip on 30th July 2000 during a fly in at the strip,damage to the aircraft included the underside of the port wing,aileron and pitot head.
My thanks to Jeremy Parkin of Rotorhub.com for checking much of the helicopter data on this site.
To show that the Air Atlantique Historic flight aircraft are no museum pieces gathering dust,the opportunity was taken to fly the Avro 19 G-VROE and Devon to the Sudan in the year 2000.This remarkable flight for a duo of vintage machines was in order that Gulf Aviation could use the aircraft in their celebrations as both types plied the skies for the early days of this company.Note the legend -IWX which was the only way the period registration marks were allowed to be displayed for the flight from the UK,as a recent tightening of the rules governing such practises of displaying marks not actually allocated would have made the full set of marks illegal.
credit for picture goes to Dave Peace and was taken at the Birmingham Airport open day in the year 2000.
DISCLAIMER-Whilst every care is exercised to ensure accuracy of material in Wings Over Warwickshire no responsibility can be taken for any mistakes that could occur,material on these pages is constantly updated and ammended as necessary,views expressed are not necessarily those of the author and material is given in good faith.The ulrtimate object of this site is together with the many other enthusiasts throughout the country looking after their patch provide Aviation educational material and to create an archive of material for future generations to study.
Please note that this is an unnoficial site for the airfields mentioned however it is my sincere wish that the relevent authorities sit up and take note that such promotion would be in their interests and co-operation on their part would make information gathering a much easier task!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the numerous people who have offered their kind comments to me about this site and this makes the task even more enjoyable for me
WELLESBOURNE RESIDENT OF THE MONTH-
G-BBMO Chipmunk 22 photographed at Wellesbourne
11.4.99 by Dave Peace earns our aircraft of the
month award.This Polish designed,initially built
in Canada type served our own RAF well for many
years and continues today to be flown as this one
in civilian hands,and enjoyed as a splendid aero-
batic aircraft with beautifully harmonised con-
trols,long may the type continue.
FLASHBACK TO YESTERYEAR-The magnificent sleek
lines of the Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2 which
was called the Elizabethan in British European
Airways service are captured here in this exam-
ple G-ALZT,photographed while operating a BKS
charter into Baginton circa 1965-66,powered with
two Bristol Centauras 661 engines,this one was
built in 1952 and operated by BKS Air Transport
the name is derived from Barnaby,Keegan,Stevens
all famous names in airline operations.
As can be seen I enjoyed unlimited ramp access
at the airport at that time when I worked for
Light Aircraft Servicing Ltd (Ray Turner) and later
rebuilt De Havilland Doves and Heron aircraft with
Executive Air Engineering Ltd,I only wish that I had
the freedom to photograph aircraft at the airport
now! airport authorities please take note.
This one is for Harry Fanshawe who owned
this splendid Proctor 3 G-ANPP and flew it
from Baginton in the sixties,Harry made an
extraordinary flight to South Africa in her
and we often talk about this aeroplane which
he tok me for flights on occasions,this picture
was taken in its later days at Baginton with
one of Ace Freighters L749 Constellations in
the background,25.4.68 to be exact.
The aircraft was sadly damaged when the aircraft
caught fire whilst being started up following
some maintenance work (probably due to overprime)
and the centre section was damaged in the fire,
shortly after this it was sold to Charles Boddington
who was killed flying a replica world war one aero-
plane in Ireland whilst making 'Darling Lille'
a box office flop,then the aircraft went to Duxford
but has not been seen since? if anyone knows it
present whereabouts then we would love to be re-
aquainted as she was a very special aeroplane to
Harry and myself.
Gemini Aerofotos picture.
I had my very first flight in this aeroplane
a lovely De Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ALGC
owned by Luton Airways.The flight was a
birthday present from my Father and took
place at Baginton on 11.6.59,the aircraft
was originally registered Iraq as YI-ABT
and probably was owned or operated for the
Iraq Petroleum company who had a fleet of them.
Gerald Walker photograph.
Fast becoming an extreme rarity in British and european skies is the Miles Messenger,this example G-AKIN is a series 2a which has been in use by A.J.Spiller for many years,formerly Sywell based it is now lovingly kept on a strip at Keystone and still flown to displays and fly ins,this picture was taken at Shotteswell on 1.7.84 on the occasion of a Vintage Aircraft club fly in.
I think that it would be safe to say that a claim could be made for part of this aeroplane as I spent hundreds of hours restoring her to flying condition in 1963! She is Hornet Moth G-ADSK c/n 8091 which is phptographed here at Baginton 1963-64 when Ray Turner of Light Aircraft Servicing owned her and learned to fly in her.
The chequered history of this aeroplane is served in the RAF as AV952,Sold in Pakistan as AP-AES and based at Dacca came back home to the uk and then whilst on delivery to Germany as D-EJOM in 1957 it crashed and returned back to these shores to be rebuilt again.
Flown from Cryfield Grange Farm,Kenilworth where it crashed on take off causing damage to the airframe,went South to be used as a spares source by Peter Franklin the Hornet expert.
One of the best eforts to preserve
a Dragon Rapide in RAF Dominie
colourscheme was that of G-AHGD/Z7258
which was rebuilt at Booker to represent
'Woman Of The Empire' a famous aircraft
donated by the public in wartime,the
aircraft was a regular visitor to the
Royal Show landing at Baginton for its
The aircraft is sadly no more as it was
involved in a very tragic accident when the
seat buckle became entangled in the flying
controls during a display.
Photograph-Barry Clay at Baginton 3.7.84.