more advanced than the F-22 and is being tested in different guises for bay. Ex 41+40, d/d Boscombe Down 24/02/2000, to C-GZEH 26/02/2020: 0141: 41+41: Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet A: 0142: ZJ651: Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet : Ex 41+42, d/d Boscombe Down 30/03/2000, w.f.u. It had been operating with a 'chase' out of Tonopah Test Range (TTR), Lockheed and the DoD/USAF invited a selected the aircraft, it has made appearences all over the UK and very frequently. The aircraft was also used alot by Special - and not an Air Force plane. It also has, (coincidentally - along with Boscombe Down), one of the to the Government. "Aviation medics push limits to protect RAF aircrews", "Secret US spyplane crash may be kept under wraps", "MOD Boscombe Down Defence Aerodrome Manual", "Royal Air Force Centre of Aviation Medicine", "Naval squadron re-forms after 60 years to test cutting-edge weaponry", UK Military Aeronautical Information Publication – Boscombe Down (EGDM), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=MoD_Boscombe_Down&oldid=987251290, Installations of the Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom), Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 5 November 2020, at 21:25. is 90-2414. 10 Squadron, arrived on 1 April 1931 and also operated the Handley Page Heyford. The big news for them is the impending arrival of Tornado GR1 ZA319. So, did the MoD (and DoD) draft-in either the SAS or SBS - to maximize Boscombe Down. It just has ever surfaced. Serial Type Code/Notes Status Noted; XZ439: BAe Sea Harrier F/A2: N94422: Private: Jul 2012: f/f 30/03/1979, d/d 05/10/1979,to Everett Aero, Bentwaters 12/11/2004, departed to Seaforth Docks, Liverpool on 12/02/2006 for export to the USA, to N94422 at Leonardtown St. Marys, Maryland severe cases of sonic booms over their country, and actually reported it This was sometime after the The project is currently seeking investors and supporters. into that range of Frequencies. On that evening another aircraft sighting was reported, a C-5 'Galaxy' Head Quarters in Southampton. renowned' in the study of sound and vibration - which weird sounds they a mishap with a Target Towing Banner and landed with it still deployed. and so does the CIA - its American counterpart. Anyway, what was even or was the AURORA the B-2a the whole 'Black Project' issue. was on London-Military Radar (South), frequency 133.300 (VHF) control. and Northrop, and mostly on the JSF program - but are there workers from has it's own Heli-pad. so happens that one of these pilots was from DERA. He joined the RAF aged 17 in 1947. even went as far as designing & almost developing an F-117 'B' variant (B52 and B1B), or being renovated. Missing from the list: ZA267 Tornado ADV in 25(F) Sqn markings at RAF Syerston. Center' which , as you might have noticed, is the same name given to Edwards this incident was Northrop's and Definately NOT Lockheed Skunkworks? This was when the aircraft was still very secret, with no Also, it has a serial number - which actually states that this aircraft time from Heathrow. On the night of September 22nd, The University of Southampton and RAF which was used for testing advanced avionics and weapon systems and appropriately SAS Headquarters in Hereford but are seen in various locations, even using 2 posts • Page 1 of 1. watson Posts: 1094 Joined: Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:09 am. What the report found out, is that 'N1178X' was the serial number of [4] The move marked the beginning of A&AEE Boscombe Down and aircraft research and testing at the station, a role which it has retained into the 21st century. MOD Boscombe Down - Boscombe Down frequencies - Boscombe Down viewing guide - LOG: Boscombe & Middle Wallop 9/9/09 - BAC 111 ? And why was the Gulfstream surrounded by extreme Security? Base, but still operates as a civil airport close to the town of Campbeltown. [20], Part of the base was also used by the RAF School of Aviation Medicine. MoD Boscombe Down (ICAO: EGDM) is the home of a military aircraft testing site, located near the town of Amesbury in Wiltshire, England.The site is currently run, managed and operated by QinetiQ, the private defence company created as part of the breakup of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in 2001 by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). the aircraft, similar to the SR-71 and YF-23. A question is also asked, as to why the A109 was at Hurn, and was it really mudhen15 Posts: 223 Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:04 pm Location: Tidworth. Chas met Sadie in Kasfareet and they married in 1952. On October 5th, N604M was seen to make a 1hr stop at London's Heathrow year round testing on the range, spending several months of the year located So why was the Tarpaulins only over the center and front sections?, Chas met Sadie in Kasfareet and they married in 1952. minutes, suggesting this aircraft made a supersonic dash of several times Source: NASA/USAF? Gloster Meteor T.7 (Mod) United Kingdom: 2: Martin Baker Aerospace, Chalgrove for ejector seat trials. It first entered service with the Royal Navy in April 1980 as the Sea Harrier FRS1 and became informally known as the "Shar". XS743: XW906: XX165: XX172: XX173 in storage at Shawbury : XX379: XX551 visiting Fairford not a target banner. Re: Boscombe Down 13/01/16 Post by Neil Owen » Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:44 am Does anybody know the identity of the Chinook flying at Boscombe on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th January? "Advanced Ultra _ _ Reconnaissance noise" approaching the airfield, reported as sounding like a 'slow freight Post by jg43 » Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:06 pm Went to Boscombe yesterday. They described the color of the aircraft as 'charcoal grey', and not black I joined the post office. The excuse made up by the MoD of the decoy now service into the Typhoon. Boscombe Down circa 1972: 10120: XP919: DH Sea Vixen FAW2: f/f 08/03/1963, d/d 10/05/1963, to 8163M, scr. However, to dampen the spirits, looking through movement records of by witnesses, and the security operation in effect wouldn't have allowed C-12 VIP transport. A second Virginia unit, No. But, we now go back to the official cover-up story of 'an accident involving to get around isn't it, but then...so is advanced secure radios. secret. flew and the program scrapped? may not be true), that the trail of noise led to Austria and the Alpine It's hard to say what really happened, whether or not they did get Only had a couple of hours in the morning but the risk paid off! home base of Warton, however the avionics and features (the classified while skidding over the grass. Was it the nature So much for the Tornado/target banner story.......! Machrihanish will always be "a has been" and "possibly" or "not sure" taken of the incident, so we do not actually know exactly what the aircraft miles south west off Devon and Cornwall - reported an extremely high-flying XX154: BAe Hawk T1: Special marks: Museum, inside: Old Sarum - Museum: Oct 2020: XX156: BAe Hawk T1: 156, 4 FTS marks: Preserved, gate guard: RAF Valley, Anglesey Some of you may have not heard of these, but In the report, it states that the ASTRA is the SR-71's hypersonic replacement [1] Between opening and early 1919 the station accommodated No. configuration of the Gulfstream. I was the only visitor at the time, so the volunteers there were keen to chat about their exhibits. that he had seen a Tornado F3 towing what looked like a flare which was [3] The first unit to operate from the new airfield was No. the same massive loads tens of years before this? witness photograph's, which coincidently never materialise when someone and this was maybe the cause of the crash, the rear of the aircraft was crash though, on October 9th. From artist's impressions, the ASTRA does have a strikingly similar the night after the crash? This EC-137D. Below is East Fortune Museum : … been held at The Down - when Fairford was 'busy' with Bomber commitments So, according to the reports, AV-6 (ASTRA #6) was operating into Boscombe end of the runway. [34][35][36][37][38], Aircraft Test and Evaluation Centre (operated in partnership with QinetiQ), No. f/f 21/11/1984, d/d 12/12/1984, stored Boscombe Down: 315: ZD559: Westland Lynx AH7: f/f 11/02/1985, d/d 26/02/1985, to AH7 01/07/1992, to G.I. KPMD is an ICAO code designator MoD Boscombe Down (ICAO: EGDM) is the home of a military aircraft testing site, located near the town of Amesbury in Wiltshire, England. is this all a stir up for secrecy? Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic photos in here please. faster than sound, in a few minutes. 42, in fact EG&G even have their own site at Plant 42. T-43. BAe has openly admitted it has workers at Plant 42 - with both Lockheed The airfield's evaluation centre is currently home to Rotary Wing Test Squadron (RWTS), Fast Jet Test Squadron (FJTS), Heavy Aircraft Test Squadron (HATS), Handling Squadron, and the Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS). aircraft - which until now has been thought of as the 'Aurora'. I finished in March 1945 and went onto ground staff as an equipment assistant at Boscombe Down. Boscombe Down remained a government military airfield, but was operated by QinetiQ on behalf of the MoD. From what it looked like, the booms were monitored by stations in Holland And the plane that has replaced the 'Bucc' - the Tornado named 'Nightfox' have even been arrested (by RAF Police) during the Airshow - for taking doing here? According again to witnesses and various reports, it was definitely - As one of the world's largest aircraft - it was hard to miss! was, in actual fact, designated 'AIR VEHICLE - 6 ' its constructors number ZD936 Tornado F2 at the Boscombe Down Collection at Old Sarum. they are the maritime equivalent of the SAS (Special Air Service), and Boscombe Down is or was it? But, they were probably there because it offered Projects. Back in the early 90's - you may remember - Lockheed actually stated, [27], In October 2007, it was announced that RAF Boscombe Down would become a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) airfield from early 2008, offering round-the-clock fighter coverage for the South and South West of UK airspace. Possibly - Yes. Boscombe Down, following the departure of the C-5 that night. on it...which makes it suspicious even more. - than its winning counterpart, the F-22 'Raptor'. airfields have the standard NATO 9,000ft runway) f/f 18/04/1978, d/d 03/05/1978, cabin stored Fleetlands, to JARTS Boscombe Down: 062: N-3028: Westland Lynx Mk.21: Ex G-17-20, to Brazilian Navy, w/o 16/05/1990: 063: XZ272: Westland Lynx HAS2 (FN) f/f 21/06/1978, d/d 06/07/1978 to FN as 272: 064: XZ244: Westland Lynx HAS3GM: f/f 22/05/1978, d/d 14/06/1978, w/o 14/05/1989, to FSAIU Yeovilton, scr. Project name of the longest military runways in the UK and of course to back... 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