Dumfries (Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum), Falgunzeon, Borgue, Prestwick & Strathaven – Saturday 2nd October 2021 (Grant Robinson)

Hi all,

A bit of a sleep-in this morning and we awoke in Annan to a fair amount of rain. This would very much be the theme for the next few days.

The museum at Dumfries opened at 10am so we took a few moments to visit the nearby Lockerbie Memorial. We got soaked doing so, but we were not the only ones there paying our respects.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/62861611@N08/albums/72177720295467364

 

I was last at the Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum in August 1994 and it was shut then if I remember rightly. This time I was after the rather splendid and pristine Loch Doon Spitfire. The museum needs to be open if you are to see this…..

Dumfries (Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum)

My photographs for here can be seen at;

https://www.flickr.com/photos/62861611@N08/albums/72177720295466681

On display outside:
ZF584, BAC Lightning F.53, United Kingdom (95287)
(318)/8-NY, Dassault Mystere IVA, French (318)
(WJ880), English Electric Canberra T.4 (nose), United Kingdom (unknown)
XL497/041, Fairey Gannet AEW.3, United Kingdom (F.9456)
(68-0060), General Dynamics F-111E Aardvark (pod), United States (229)
(WL375), Gloster Meteor T.7 (mod), United Kingdom (unknown)
(WT746), Hawker Hunter F.4, United Kingdom (41H-670703)
(XT280)/323, Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B (forward fuselage), United Kingdom (B3-02-65)
(G-AWZJ), Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 3B Srs.101 (forward fuselage) (2311)
XP557, Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.4, United Kingdom (PAC/W/14144)
FT-36, Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, Belgian (580-9588)
(54-2163)54-005/HA, North American F-100D Super Sabre, United States (223-43)
35075/40, SAAB J-35J Draken, Swedish (35075)
(XX483)/562, Scottish Aviation Jetstream T.2, United Kingdom (264)
(G-AYFA), Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 3 (538)
XT486, Westland Wessex HU.5, United Kingdom (WA.308

On display inside various buildings:
(BAPC.503), Airspeed Horsa I (fuselage section) (unknown)
(WA576), Bristol Sycamore 3, United Kingdom (12887)
(BAPC.397), General Aircraft Hotspur II replica (unknown)
(BAPC.322), Handley Page Halifax B.III replica (nose) (unknown)
(AE489), Lockheed Hudson IV (wreckage), United Kingdom (unknown)
P7540/DU-W, Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire IIA, United Kingdom (unknown)
(BAPC.370)/241079, Waco CG-4A Hadrian replica (unknown)Tour

 

Still pouring down with rain, I went on a rather hopeful drive to a gliding field at Falgunzeon. Sometimes you get lucky with these places as people take the opportunity to do some spannering or cleaning up. No such luck here and there was lots of running water coming down off the hill this airfield was located on. We came across a gate that the car couldn’t go past, but I could have walked around. I didn’t bother!

 

Borgue

My photographs for here can be seen at;

https://www.flickr.com/photos/62861611@N08/albums/72177720295466805

WS792/K, Gloster Meteor NF.14, On Display, United Kingdom (unknown)

August 1994 was also the last time I made it to Prestwick, despite it being mentioned as a joke destination whenever I used to be on a long day spotting trip. I know some quality stuff goes through this place but I really can’t bring myself to drive all the way up here for just a few frames. Not much for me on this visit although this name will crop up again in the next couple of days…..

 

Prestwick

My photographs for here can be seen at;

https://www.flickr.com/photos/62861611@N08/albums/72177720295466837

ZM412/412, Airbus Atlas C.1, 24/30/70 Sqns, Royal Air Force (042)
00-0175, Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 62nd AW, United States Air Force (50083/F82/P-75)
04-4128, Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 6th AS/305th AMW, United States Air Force (50136/F135/P-128)
04-4134, Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 6th AS/305th AMW, United States Air Force (50142/F141/P-134)
177704, Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 429 Sqn, Canadian Armed Forces (50188/F187/CAN-4)
(Set 68), British Aerospace Jetstream 61 (2068)
9H-AOA, Textron Aviation Citation Latitude (680A0070)
A6-RJY, Boeing 737NG 7Z5 BBJ (29857)
EI-EMR, Boeing 737NG 8AS/W, Ryanair (40284)
EI-LND, Boeing 787 8, Norwegian Long Haul (35310)
G-ATSL, Reims/Cessna F172G (0260)
G-AZWY, Piper PA-24 260 Comanche C (24-4806)
G-BCVC, SOCATA Rallye Rallye 100ST (2548)
G-BFIN, Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah (AA5A-0520)
G-BMEX, Cessna A150K Aerobat (A1500169)
G-BNVT, Piper PA-28R 201T Turbo Arrow III (28R-7703157)
G-BSNG, Cessna 172N Skyhawk (17270192)
G-BTFC, Reims/Cessna F152 (1668)
G-BXCC, Piper PA-28 201T Turbo Dakota (28-7921068)
G-BXOF, Diamond Aircraft Katana DA20-A1 (10256)
G-GMKB, Piper PA-28R T-201T Turbo Arrow IV (28R-7931070)
G-NJAD, Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy (041)
G-WEEV, Vans RV-8 A (PFA 303-14562)
LN-LNH, Boeing 787 8, Norwegian Long Haul (36526)
N1909G, Cessna 310R (310R1225)
OE-IZY, Dassault Falcon 900LX (315)
VP-CVL, Boeing 787 8, Norwegian Long Haul (35304)
VP-CVM, Boeing 787 8, Norwegian Long Haul (35305)

 

No flying at Strathaven because of the weather, but my spannering theory worked as I found someone in the first of the two hangars here. They were happy to let me look around but sadly didn’t have keys for the second hangar.

Strathaven

My photographs for here can be seen at;

https://www.flickr.com/photos/62861611@N08/albums/72177720295467649

G-BVGO, Denney Kitfox Mk.IV Speedster (PFA 172A-12362)
G-CCCO, Evektor-Aerotechnik EV-97 Eurostar (PFA 315-14006)
G-CCNS, Best Off SkyRanger 912(2) (BMAA/HB/356)
G-CFUD, Best Off SkyRanger Swift 912S(1) (BMAA/HB/584)
G-CIOJ, Aeropro EuroFox 912(IS) (44415)
G-EVSL, Evektor-Aerotechnik EV-97 Eurostar SL (LAA 315B-14891)
G-HIND, Maule MT-7 235 Super Rocket (18037C)
G-MARO, Best Off SkyRanger J2.2(2) (BMAA/HB/348)
G-MLZZ, Best Off SkyRanger 912S(1) (BMAA/HB/557)
G-RABS, Alpi Aviation Pioneer 300 (PFA 330-14563)
G-SPMM, Best Off SkyRanger Swift 912S(1) (BMAA/HB/539)
G-SUTD, Jabiru Aircraft Jabiru UL D (662)

Then it was off for our overnight stay in Glasgow for a spot of sightseeing the next day.

 

Best regards,

 

Grant Robinson

 

Photograph credits: Grant Robinson

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