Aeroplane Monthly 1982-10
P.Jarrett - Grapevine
Lindsay Walton’s recently - acquired F4U-7 Corsair, 133722, made its public debut at Alconbury on Saturday August 14, 1982 and flew on to Coventry for the RAFA Midlands Display on the 15th.
Loch Doon, in Ayrshire, has finally yielded its secret after more than seven years of searching. In 1942 Spitfire Mk. IIA P7540, flown by a young Czechoslovakian pilot, crashed into the six-mile-long Loch and sank without trace, In the 1970s local teams of divers began to search for the wreckage, but after three years of fruitless hunting in the murky water they were ready to give up. Teams from Blackpool and the North of England came to help, and this summer Blackpool diver Barry Barkworth collided with the Spitfire’s tail. The rear fuselage and tail was virtually intact, and after being strapped to guard against damage it was raised by airbags to just below the surface, where further splinting was added before it was lifted on to the beach (photo). Despite aircraft's protracted spell under water, the RAF markings were easily discernible, as were the part numbers on the elevators. It is planned to display the Spitfire in the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Society’s museum, and the search for the engine, wings, and cockpit section continues.
After seven years’ silence, the four Merlins of Strathallan’s Lancaster X, G-BCOH/KB976, burst into life at Auchterarder in August and ran “perfectly”. Next task is to give the bomber an appropriate paint scheme.
The Science Museums newly acquired Boeing 247, N18E photographed shortly after its arrival at Wrought on.
Hunting Sea Prince T Mk 1 WP321/G-BRFC over its base at Bourn Airfield, Cambridgeshire, where it forms part of the Rural Naval Air Service (RNAS). Purchased in September 1980, it was undergoing a CAA certification test flight when this picture was taken. Built in 1952, WP321 last served with No 750 Sqn at RNAS Lossiemouth.