RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – late 1980’s
anniversary set of the flight’s main aircraft produced by Airfix
Lancaster PA474 representing ED888 PM-M2 ‘Mike Squared’ which flew 140 missions, the most of any Lancaster. Seen here at West Malling in 1989
Hurricane IIc PZ865 ‘The last of the many’. Between 1988–1992 PZ865 represented ‘RF–U‘, of No. 303 Sqdn, flown by Sgt Josef Frantisek. Original pictured here at West Malling in 1989. I did see it fitted with the 4 bladed prop at a different event.
Spitfire IIa P7350 is the oldest airworthy spitfire and the only survivor to have fought in the battle of Britain, UO-T are the markings it carried when with 266 squadron at Wittering
Stephen Grey – The Fighter Collection
all modified standard kits
P51D 44-7319, Flown by Stephen Grey as Moose/Candyman 1981 to 86, Last flown here by the Old Flying Machine Co as 44-13704 ‘Ferocious Frankie’. Sold, MSO Air & Space Museum, Sivrihisar Air Park – Eskisehir Turkey, delivered Jan 2018
Spitfire LFIXc flown by Fighter Collection 1981-2004, pictured at North Weald in 1984 exported to US. Currently at ‘Planes of Fame’
P40M Kittihawk III 43-5802, pictured at North Weald in 1985. Flown by Fighter Collection 1985-2005, now with the Hanger 11 collection, North Weald
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat 121714 / G-RUMM is the longest serving aircraft in The Fighter Collection fleet having been purchased by Stephen Grey in 1981. A highlight of the circuit ever since, she wore this eye catching “Red Rippers” scheme until 1998. P47D Thunderbolt 45-49192 ‘No guts no ‘glory. The fighter collection 1984-2002
Vought F4U Corsair, Lindsey Walton, Duxford 1982-1993.
– Flown in Aeronavale livery as Bu. 133722/15F.22
Royal Navy Historic Flight
Fairey Swordfish LS326 seen here at the 1984 Great Warbirds Air Display at West Malling
Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV908, last flown in 2010. Now in storage at Shawbury, pictured at the Mildenhall air fete 85
Fairey Firefly AS5 WB271 pictured at Yeovilton in 1984. Destoyed in crash at Duxford flying legends 2003 killing crew, Bill Merton and Neil Rix.
Hawker Sea Fury FB11 TF956, taking of at the 1988 Fighter Meet at North Weald. lost in 1989, crew survived
Hawker Sea Fury T20 WG655 was presented by the German government to the RNHF in 1976. Seen here at North Weald’s fighter meet ’85. It flew with them until 1990 when it was badly damaged following an engine failure. It was restored to flight between 1993 and 2005 in California. Returned to the UK in 2009 it now flies with The Fighter Collection at Duxford and is pictured below at Flying Legends 2010
RAE Boscombe Down
Harvard IIb FT375 seen at St Athan in 1984 used as a photo ship at Boscombe Down along with KF183 until 1996, then sold to Nucleo Acrobatico, Parma, Italy. With unknown owner since 2015
DH Mosquito TT3 RR299 flown by Bae 1984 to 1996 when it was destroyed in a fatal crash at the Barton Air display