Milfield, Longframlington/Atheys Moor, Eshott, Newcastle, Currock Hill, Usworth (North East Land Sea & Air Museums), Peterlee/Shotton Colliery, Wheatley Hill/Greenhills Farm, Fishburn/Morgansfield, Thornaby, Eaglescliffe/Urlay Nook & Teeside – Sunday 10th October 2021 (Grant Robinson)

Hi all,

I crossed the border this morning back into England. Thanks Scotland, you’ve been very kind and gracious to me.

I’d never been to this next gliding field before and wasn’t expecting too much on early on a October Sunday morning. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of activity as apparently a nice day of weather was expected. Very friendly here after I made myself known and one of the club members drove me across the active runway to the hangars on the far side.


My photographs for here can be seen at;

G-BJCI, Piper PA-18 150 Super Cub (18-6658)
G-CFPW/606, Glaser-Dirks DG-600, BGA3427 (6-17)
G-CGDA, Rolladen-Schneider LS3 17M, BGA3739 (3448)
G-CHNZ/HNZ, Centrair C101A Pegase, BGA4084 (101032)
G-CHVX/F20, Centrair ASW 20F, BGA4248 (20528)
G-CIBF, Aeropro EuroFox 912(S) (40413)
G-CJGM/R53, Orlican Discus CS, BGA4053 (036CS)
G-CJHR/A34, Centrair SNC-34C Alliance, BGA4531 (34026)
G-CJMS/R23, Schleicher ASK 21, BGA4629 (21212)
G-CJOS/JOS, Schempp-Hirth/Grob Standard Cirrus, BGA4701 (251G)
G-CJTH/L24, Schleicher ASW 24, BGA4764 (24218)
G-CJTO/JTO, Glasflugel H303A Mosquito, BGA4771 (88)
G-CJTP/JTP, Schleicher ASW 20 L, BGA4770 (20569)
G-CJYF, Orlican Discus CS, BGA4883 (281CS)
G-CKPJ, Neukom Elfe S-4D, BGA5276 (411AB)
G-CKRC/KRC, Schleicher ASW 28 18E, BGA5294 (28735)
G-CLWJ/LWJ, Schleicher ASG 29 27-18E (29748)
G-DCCB, Schempp-Hirth SHK-1, BGA1426 (52)
G-DDTA/699, Glaser-Dirks DG-200, BGA2357 (2-27)
G-DDYH/DYH, Glaser-Dirks DG-200, BGA2482 (2-75)
G-DDZP/DZP, Slingsby T.65 Vega, BGA2509 (1911)
G-DEAF/EAF, Grob G 102 Astir CS77, BGA2525 (1830)
G-DEAW/EAW, Grob G 102 Astir CS77, BGA2540 (1831)
G-DEDJ/EDJ, Glasflugel H303B Mosquito, BGA2600 (185)
G-DELO/ELO, Slingsby T.65 D Vega, BGA2774 (1934)
G-DJAD/JAD, Schleicher ASK 21, BGA4351 (21659)
G-DJAH/JAH, Schempp-Hirth Discus b, BGA4355 (572)
G-DKEN/KEN, Rolladen-Schneider LS4 a, BGA5034 (4172)
G-EEBR/EBR, Glaser-Dirks DG-200 17, BGA2559 (2-89/1706)
G-JETV/SH, HpH 304 Shark SJ (051-MS)
G-JNSC/C4, Schempp-Hirth Janus CT, BGA4186 (2/185)
G-NIMB/943, Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 2 C, BGA2495 (180)
G-RIEF/EF, DG Flugzeugbau DG-1000T, BGA5239 (10-85T23)
G-TIAB/BL, Schleicher ASW 27 B, BGA4986 (27188)
G-TWOC/2C, Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2c xT, BGA5165 (141/369)
G-XIXX, Elan DG-300 Elan, BGA3125 (3E-9)

Another very friendly stop and got chatting to the airfield owner over the cup of tea that was offered. I was allowed to take photographs but it was requested that I do not publish them. The owner had flown his CT to Oshkosh and back……

Longframlington/Atheys Moor

My photographs for here can be seen at;

G-BSSI, Rans Coyote II S-6 (PFA 204-11782)
G-CBEB, Air Creation Buggy 582 1 Kiss 400 (BMAA/HB/184)
G-CCED, Zenith Zenair Zodiac CH 601 UL (6-9332)
G-CCFD, Quad City Challenger II UK (PFA 177-13180)
G-CCNG, Flight Design CT 2K (03-06-02-27)
G-CCWO, Mainair Sports Pegasus Quantum 15-912 (8042)
G-CDDF, Mainair Sports Pegasus Quantum 15-912 (8079)
G-CDNM, Evektor-Aerotechnik EV-97 TeamEurostar UK (2407)
G-CDPE, Best Off SkyRanger Swift 912(2) (BMAA/HB/432)
G-CDVH, P & M Aviation Pegasus Quantum 15-912 (8166)
G-CEBH, Flylight Tanarg 912S(1) iXess 15 (BMAA/HB/481)
G-CEGT, P & M Aviation Quik GT450 (8208)
G-CFDO, Flight Design CT SW (07-12-09)
G-CFDY, P & M Aviation Quik GT450 (8373)
G-CGIO, Medway Microlights Executive SLA100 (010110)
G-CGPC, P & M Aviation Pegasus Quik (8544)
G-EDMC, Cyclone Airsports Pegasus Quantum 15-912 (7513)
G-GTGT, P & M Aviation Quik GT450 (8145)
G-MYON, CFM Shadow Series CD (240)
G-MYYS, TEAM Mini-Max (PFA 186-11989)
G-MYZJ, Cyclone Airsports Pegasus Quantum 15 (7150)
G-MZAB, Mainair Sports Mainair Blade (1043-0695-7-W841)
G-MZDB, Cyclone Airsports Pegasus Quantum 15-912 (7237)
G-MZIW, Mainair Sports Mainair Blade (1127-0797-7-W930)
G-MZLD, Cyclone Airsports Pegasus Quantum 15-912 (7416)
G-OLED, Aeropro EuroFox 912(S) (59420)
G-PATO, Zenith Zenair Zodiac CH 601 UL (PFA 162A-14328)
G-YSMO, Mainair Sports Pegasus Quik (8049)


A big fail here. I asked at the reception area and the chap in there asked the lady airfield owner if I was allowed around. I was told no and it is only allowed once permission has been sought and given in advance of arriving. The chap did explain to her that I was unaware of that, but it made no difference…..


G-CBIE, Flight Design CT 2K (01-09-01-23)
G-HALS, Robinson R44 Raven II (11639)
G-MFLM, Reims/Cessna F152 (1451)
G-ZEVS, Reims/Cessna F172H (0736)


No need to stop here long but the Canadian 737 was the target, so I was happy enough.


My photographs for here can be seen at;

C-GWJO, Boeing 737-2A3 (20299)
G-DCMT, Embraer Phenom 300 (50500133)
G-HALS, Robinson R44 Raven II (11639)
G-ONAV, Piper PA-31 325 Navajo C/R (31-7812004)
G-POLA, Eurocopter EC135 P2+ (0877)
G-SAJD, Embraer ERJ-145 EP, Loganair (145454)
G-TUKF, Boeing 737NG 8AS/W, TUI Airways (33605)
N939SR, Cirrus Design SR20 G2 GTS (1785)
N970SJ, Gulfstream GV (562)


Another friendly gliding field. Permission to look around and take photographs was duly granted. Not much based here, I’d think as I didn’t see lots of glider trailers.

Currock Hill

My photographs for here can be seen at;

G-BUDA, Slingsby T.61 F Falke Venture T.3 (1963)
G-CFEN/FEN, PZL-Bielsko SZD-50-3 Puchacz, BGA3203 (B-1326)
G-CGBD/GBD, PZL-Bielsko SZD-50-3 Puchacz, BGA3695 (B-2028)
G-CGEL/GEL, PZL-Bielsko SZD-50-3 Puchacz. BGA3772 (B-2030)
G-CJCF/JCF, Grob G 102 Astir CS77, BGA4401 (1705)
G-CLIM, Hoffmann H 36 Dimona (36225)
G-ETUG, Aeropro EuroFox (37212)
G-MOYR, Aeropro EuroFox 912(S) (39013)


The last time I visited here was in 1997 and it was called the North East Aircraft Museum. It has been changed, smartened up a bit and is well worth a visit.

Usworth (North East Land Sea & Air Museums)

My photographs for here can be seen at;

On display outside:
XL319, Avro Vulcan B.2, United Kingdom (unknown)
(G-ARPO), de Havilland Trident 1C (fuselage) (2116)
WJ639/39, English Electric Canberra TT.18, United Kingdom (HP-206B)
(BAPC.521), Hawker Hurricane I FSM (fuselage frame) (unknown)
XP627, Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.4, United Kingdom (PAC/W/16899)
42157, North American F-100D Super Sabre, French (223-37)

Display Hangar:
G-AWRS, Avro Anson C.19, (unknown)
(ZF594)/XS933, BAC Lightning F.53, United Kingdom (95303)
(BAPC.119), Bensen B.7 Gyroglider (unknown)
XJ917/S-H, Bristol Sycamore HR.14, United Kingdom (13412)
(G-AWIF)/G-AVYW, Brookland Mosquito (3 & LC.1)
(BAPC.96), Brown Helicopter (unknown)
(G-BEEX), de Havilland Comet 4C (nose) (06458)
WZ518/B, de Havilland Vampire T.11, United Kingdom (15105)
A-522, FMA IA.58A Pucara, Argentine (022)
(WL181)/X, Gloster Meteor F.8, United Kingdom (unknown)
E-419, Hawker Hunter F.51, Danish (41H-680278)
(XN503), Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.3 (nose), United Kingdom (PAC/W/10164)
(BAPC.97)/G-AFUG, Luton LA-4A Minor (unknown)
BAPC.211/G-ADVU, Mignet HM.14 Pou-Du-Ciel replica (unknown)
(BAPC.472)/5191, Morane-Saulnier Type N replica (unknown)
51-6171, North American F-86D Sabre, United States (173-315)
G-ARAD, Phoenix Luton LA-5 Major (PAL 1204)
26541/541, Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, Greek (52-6541)
G-OGIL, Short SD.3-30 Var.100, Gill Air (SH.3068)
(WZ767), Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1, United Kingdom (763)
(BAPC.242)/BL924/AZ-G, Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire Vb FSM (unknown)
G-APTW, Westland-Sikorsky S-51 Widgeon Srs.2 (WA/H/150)

Romney Building No.1:,
WG724/LM-392, Westland Dragonfly HR.5, United Kingdom (W/H/55)
XG680/438, de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.22, United Kingdom (121043)
(XN258), Westland Whirlwind HAR.9, United Kingdom (WA270)
(XN696)/751, de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 (nose), United Kingdom (10104)

Romney Building No.2:
XM555, Saunders-Roe (SARO) Skeeter AOP.12, United Kingdom (S2/5109)
(G-SFTA)/XZ177, Westland SA.341G Gazelle 1 (1039)

Museum Workshop:
ZE204/FC, Panavia Tornado F.3, United Kingdom (569/AS024/3255 )
(BGA3239), Slingsby T.31B Cadet TX.3, United Kingdom (708)


Some initial resistance here to letting me walk over to the hangar with the general aviation in, but I got chatting to the Cessna 208 pilot and he escorted me over there.

Peterlee/Shotton Colliery

My photographs for here can be seen at;

G-AZOE, AESL Glos-Airtourer T2 (115) (A.528)
G-BYJD, Jabiru Aircraft Jabiru UL (PFA 274-13376)
G-CBIE, Flight Design CT 2K (01-09-01-23)
G-CCNP, Flight Design CT 2K (03-07-03-34)
G-CGBM, Flight Design CT SW (09-06-06)
G-DGFY, Flylight Dragonfly (064)
N208UP, Cessna 208 B (208B0637)


If I remember rightly, this wasn’t far away from Peterlee. Sadly not a soul around and the hangar looked fairly spotter proof. As it would have meant jumping over the locked gate, I didn’t test the theory.

Wheatley Hill/Greenhills Farm

nothing noted


The days flying was coming to an end but the gentleman in the control building was happy enough for me to wander around. Sadly not many hangars were open.


My photographs for here can be seen at;

J-1790, de Havilland Venom FB.54, On Display, Swiss (431)
XG743/BY, de Havilland Sea Vampire T.22, On Display, United Kingdom (15634)
XN458/19, Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.3, On Display, United Kingdom (PAC/W/10137)
D-IFSB, de Havilland DH.104 Dove Srs.6, On Display (04379)
G-BBTB, Reims/Cessna FRA150L Aerobat (0224)
G-BWLL, Murphy Aircraft Murphy Rebel (PFA 232-12499)
G-CCWM, Robin DR.400 180 Regent (2457)
G-CDWG, Dyn Aero MCR-01 Club (PFA 301A-14132)
G-CKTN, BRM Bristell NG5 Speed Wing (LAA 385-15505)
G-MAKS, Cirrus Design SR22 (0367)
G-VXXN, Aeroprakt A-32 Vixxen (LAA 411-15580)
N757CN, Cessna 172N Skyhawk (17269315)



My photographs for here can be seen at;

(BAPC.301)/BM481/YO-T & PK651/RAO-B, Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire V FSM, On Display, (unknown)


Eaglescliffe/Urlay Nook

This seems to be a fairly new facility for the Great North Air Ambulance Service. I went looking for Dauphins G-NHAC and G-NHAD which are allegedly based, but there was no sign of them. There did appear to be some kind of Dauphin training aid though nd I’m told that this is the remains of G-BTEU.
This facility can be found at co-ordinates 54.525076, -1.381271 and not too far from Teeside Airport.
(G-BTEU), Aerospatiale AS.365N2 Dauphin II (6392)


Last stop of the day was at Teeside. I was last here in 2005 and 1997. Back in 1997, there was lots of CAA Fire School stuff on the far side and Trident G-AWZS was there then! Nice to get the Fuji 737 before it is finally scrapped.


My photographs for here can be seen at;

(XZ652), Westland Lynx AH.1, United Kingdom (193)
D-EABY, Mooney M.20J Model 201 (24-3178)
DQ-FJF, Boeing 737NG 7X2/W, Fiji Airways (28878)
G-AVRK, Piper PA-28 180 Cherokee C (28-4041)
G-AWZS, Hawker Siddeley H.S.121 Trident 3B, British Airways (2319)
G-BCPG, Piper PA-28R 200 Cherokee Arrow (28R-35705)
G-BOJZ, Piper PA-28 161 Warrior II (28-7916223)
G-BPES, Piper PA-38 112 Tomahawk (38-81A0064)
G-BTFP, Piper PA-38 112 Tomahawk (38-78A0340)
G-COBS, Diamond Aircraft Twin Star DA42M-NG (42.MN020)
G-FPLD, Beech King Air B200 (BB-1433)
G-FRAK, Dassault Falcon 20 EW (213)
G-FRAR, Dassault Falcon 20 EW (209)
G-IASB, Cessna King Air 200GT (BY-278)
G-JACO, Jabiru Aircraft Jabiru UL (PFA 274A-13371)
G-LFSJ, Piper PA-28 161 Warrior II (28-7916536)
G-MUMY, Vans RV-4 (PFA 181-13401)
G-NSUK, Piper PA-34 220T Seneca V (3449256)
G-OEFT, Piper PA-38 112 Tomahawk (38-80A0092)
G-PHUN, Reims/Cessna FRA150L Aerobat (0177)
G-SAJL, Embraer ERJ-145 EP, Loganair (145136)
G-SAJT, Embraer ERJ-135 ER, Loganair (145376)
G-TSGJ, Piper PA-28 181 Archer II (28-8090109)
LN-RRN, Boeing 737NG 783, (Scandinavian Airlines System) (30191)
(N5039Q), Avions de Transport Regional ATR 42 320 (382)

Best regards,

Grant Robinson


Photograph credits: Grant Robinson