Coventry Airport, Saturday 10th March 2018

 

De Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ507/74

 

Up until early 2017, De Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ507/74 resided at North Weald Airfield in Essex.

The aircraft left North Weald for its new home at Coventry Airport in April 2017, that being

the aircraft's last flight that year. On arriving at Coventry Airport the aircraft went into long term maintenance.

On the 10th March 2018 I visited Coventry Airport, my first ever visit, the reason, Vampire T.11 WZ507/74

was to have its very first flight since her move there in April the previous year.

The weather held good, although grey & overcast, until after that first flight, then the rain arrived!

 

We were treated to an engine run first, where some minor issues were resolved then, after

being refuelled, the Vampire T.11 made two circuits of the airfield.

 

De Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ507/74 is now solely owned & operated by Mark Hooton,

the aircraft looks & sounds beautiful and is a real rarity, being the only T.11 still flying today.

 

I'd never seen the gorgeous looking Avro Shackleton MR.2, serial WR963, that lives at Coventry Airport before,

so I also took this opportunity to grab a couple of quick photos.

 

This section contains 51 images from the day :

 

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Mark Hooton & Vampire T.11 WZ507/74
De Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ507/74 & Pilot Mark Hooton
Mark Hooton & Vampire T.11 WZ507/74
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Mark Hooton & Vampire T.11 WZ507/74
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De Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ507/74 & Pilot Mark Hooton
Mark Hooton & Vampire T.11 WZ507/74
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De Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ507/74 & Pilot Mark Hooton
Mark Hooton & Vampire T.11 WZ507/74
Mark Hooton & Vampire T.11 WZ507/74
De Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ507/74 & Pilot Mark Hooton
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Avro Shackleton MR.2 WR963 (G-SKTN)
Avro Shackleton MR.2 WR963 (G-SKTN)
Avro Shackleton MR.2 WR963 B-M (G-SKTN)
Avro Shackleton MR.2 WR963 (G-SKTN)

 

 

All images Copyright İRoger Whitcomb 2018 - www.milairpix.com

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