Project Propeller 2013 RAF Coningsby Saturday 22nd June 2013 Dave Anderson & Colin Granton

 

Project Propeller is an annual reunion for 150+ WWII aircrew, to which they are flown from all over the UK in light aircraft by current pilots that volunteer both their time, aircraft and fuel. Each year, the aircrew have a wonderful day out where they are able to meet up with former colleagues, enjoy lunch, live wartime music and the facilities of the venue and most importantly, get airborne once again. This year the event was hosted by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, the station home to the Typhoon T3s and FGR4s of 3(F), XI, 17(R) and 29(R) Squadrons, the Tornado GR4s & recently Typhoon FGR4 of 41(R) Squadron (the Fast Jet & Weapons OEU), plus the Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Dakota and Chipmunks of the BBMF. Held inside the BBMF hangar with the fleet on view for the visitors to look around, and for a few lucky ones to sit inside some of the old aircraft they had flown over 60 years ago.

Last year we took a couple of veterans down to Wickenby. This year our very good friend David Breden and owner of resident Piper Arrow G-STEA offered his services. So along with  Colin's Cardinal G-BRDO, plans were made for the trip. With over 70 aircraft booked into Coningsby our slot time between 1000 to 1030 was reserved. We decided to set off together and fly down in formation, giving our passengers a more enjoyable journey. The weather was fine but very windy with strong crosswinds forecast at Coningsby. This put a number of aircraft off reducing the numbers to only 36. I crewed up with David in the Arrow leaving two minutes behind the Cardinal at 0936, with retractable undercarriage we soon caught up and joined along side for some nice air to air photography. The journey down was almost a straight line over Scunthorpe and RAF Scampton into Coningsby, arriving at 1015 we were the first two aircraft to arrive that morning. Our passengers had a great time mixing with old crew and looking around the BBMF. Sadly the wind prevented the flying display from the Dak, Spit and Lancaster so to keep things moving 29 Sqd opened their Typhoon hangar for us to look around. Its amazing how fast some of the guys at 90 years old can move when the chance to sit in a modern jet came along, Tony one of our passengers was first to enjoy the privilege and no doubt pass some of his wisdom onto the young fighter pilot that was proudly showing him his new Typhoon jet. As the afternoon drew to a close around 2pm, we gathered up our guys and set of back to Teesside, the dozing passengers was a reflection on yet another great day out for the WW2 veterans roll on Gloucester for PP2014.

Click here for a photo album from the day, inculding ramp shots of all the visiting aircraft

The following aircraft took part

  Visiting Aircraft    
D-EEAH Bolkow Bo.208 Junior C
G-ATYS Piper PA-28 Cherokee C 180
G-AVCM Piper PA-24 Comanche B 260
G-BAFL Cessna 182  P
G-BAPX Robin DR.400 Major 160
G-BCGC de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22
G-BEPY Rockwell Commander 112  B
G-BEZP Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six 300 300
G-BHOR Piper PA-28 Warrior II 161
G-BNSG Piper PA-28 Arrow III R-201
G-BORL Piper PA-28 Warrior II 161
G-BOYP Cessna 172  N
G-BRBI Cessna 172  N
G-BRDO Cessna 177 Cardinal B
G-BSEU Piper PA-28 Archer II 181
G-BTSZ Cessna 177 Cardinal A
G-ENEA Cessna 182  P
G-FNLD Cessna 172  N
G-GIPC Piper PA-32 Saratoga SP R-301
G-GREY Piper PA-46 Malibu Mirage 350P
G-LIZZ Piper PA-23 Aztec E 250
G-OJGT Maule M-5 Lunar Rocket 235C
G-OMNI Piper PA-28 Cherokee Arrow II R-200
G-OSKY Cessna 172  M
G-OSND Reims-Cessna FRA.150 Aerobat M
G-OVFR Reims-Cessna F.172  N
G-RATV Piper PA-28 Turbo Arrow IV RT-201T
G-STEA Piper PA-28 Cherokee Arrow II R-200
G-UILT Cessna T303 Crusader
N10MC Cirrus Design SR-22
N2136E Piper PA-28 RT-201 Arrow IV    
N29566 Piper PA-28 Arrow IV RT-201
N2CL Piper PA-28 Turbo Arrow IV RT-201T
N821CC Cirrus Design SR-22
N89GH Cirrus Design SR-22
N928HW Rockwell Commander 114  B
BBMF Hangar
EN398 Full Scale Model of Supermarine Spitfire Preserved outside BBMF hangar
P7350 Supermarine Spitfire  IIa BBMF
LF363 Hawker Hurricane  IIc BBMF
MK356 Supermarine Spitfire  LF.IXe BBMF
PA474 Avro Lancaster  B.I BBMF
PM631 Supermarine Spitfire  PR.XIX BBMF
PZ865 Hawker Hurricane  IIc BBMF
TE311 Supermarine Spitfire  LF.XVIe BBMF
WG486 de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 BBMF
WK518 de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 BBMF
ZA947 Douglas DC-3  C-47A-60-DL BBMF
       
29 Squadron Hangar
ZJ801 BJ British Aerospace EFA Typhoon T.3 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZJ803 BA British Aerospace EFA Typhoon T.3 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZJ805 BD British Aerospace EFA Typhoon T.3 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZJ806 BE British Aerospace EFA Typhoon T.3 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZJ807 BF British Aerospace EFA Typhoon T.3 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZJ810 BI British Aerospace EFA Typhoon T.3 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZJ814 BH British Aerospace EFA Typhoon T.3 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZJ910 BV British Aerospace EFA Typhoon FGR.4 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZK306 BT British Aerospace EFA Typhoon FGR.4 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZK328 BS British Aerospace EFA Typhoon FGR.4 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZK344 BQ British Aerospace EFA Typhoon FGR.4 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZK379 BB British Aerospace EFA Typhoon T.3 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZK380 BG British Aerospace EFA Typhoon T.3 29 Sqdn Royal Air Force
ZJ927 British Aerospace EFA Typhoon FGR.4 41 Sqdn Royal Air Force

 

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