Royal Air Force "Battle of Britain Memorial Flight" de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk WG486
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Operator: Royal Air Force "Battle of Britain Memorial Flight" - WG486
Aircraft: de Havilland Canada - DHC-1 Chipmunk
Airport: UK - Scotland - Perth - Scone (PSL / EGPT)
Category: Main database
Photo taken on 2010-6-7 by Wallace Shackleton [Contact]
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(24.6.2010, 09:00 CET)
WG486 was also delivered to the RAF in January 1952 and served with No 5 Basic Flying Training School, No 9 Refresher Flying School and No 2 Flying Training School (FTS) before being used by the Army with 651 and 657 Squadrons. The aircraft was issued to the Middle East Air Force in 1958 with 114 Squadron before returning to the UK in 1961. It was subsequently operated by units that included the RAF College at Cranwell, Initial Training School at South Cerney and Church Fenton, No 1 FTS, PFS, Liverpool and Bristol UASs and No 3 AEF. In 1987 WG486 moved to Germany to operate as part of the Gatow Station Flight in Berlin, which was then surrounded by Communist Block territory. It therefore became the most unlikely ‘spy plane’ and ‘Cold War warrior’ until the Berlin Wall came down. When Gatow closed, the aircraft spent a year at Laarbruch before being delivered to the BBMF in 1995.