Not Kiwi andovers and nothing spectacular in these video's- the person with the video camera seems to like the fire engine more in the E3 vid but the sound is good - these are RAF the CC2 is not actually an andover it is an HS748 but is called an andover why I don't know - but these seem to be the only andover videos on YT. Andover CC2 of No 32 Squadron at RAF Gütersloh 1992(HS748) An Andover CC2 of No 32 Squadron from Northolt visiting RAF Gütersloh in November 1992. The Andovers were regular visitors in Gütersloh. In the background you can see an Antonov AN124 (CCCP-82045). nz.youtube.com/watch?v=aS5uLr9ohQc
Found this one form the RAF Chivnor air day in 1992. I was posted there on Ex Longlook 1n 1992.
Not sure what mark etc the Andover is. I have / had a feeling it might have been a support aircraft for the Red Arrows who were also there, but probably wrong on this.....
The Vulcan (XH 558) also attended this air day, and I think it was the second to last time it actually flew whilst still in RAF service. It put on an amazing show, and was so low at one stage that the vibrations from the engines set off many car alarms in the car park. Also witnessed a Spitfire (P7350 ??) from the BBMF crash off the end of the runway, have the photos somewhere.. Ahh the good old days....
Which contract did the RAAF and RAN ones come from?
Oh, thinking more deeper..... Theirs were straight 748's, I presumed purchased direct from HS. The infamous Draggy! ;D
We used to do the major servicings on them at Mt Cook (also the Marshall Islands ones as well) We were lucky enough to be doing a RAN one (with some Aussie navy guys helping) when their Americas Cup yacht sank! Got a good bit of mileage out of that!!
If there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven is that an indication as to the expected traffic flows?
Yes Jon you are correct: C Mk 1 was the HS780MF with kneeling undercarriage, uprated engines, etc, and as seen earlier some converted to E Mk 1, E Mk 1a, and C Mk 1(PR). At least one C Mk 1 was converted by the RAF as a VIP aircraft, based in Norway. The CC Mk 2 was the basic 748, with 6 converted for VIP aircraft, including the Queens Flight. At least one of these has visited New Zealand - the serial and dates escapes me at the moment.
As far as the kneeling undercarriage is concerned, we had few problems during the first years. The principal was a hydraulic undercarriage leg, that could be pressurised and extended or pressure released and allowed to collapse. It was a curse if the aircraft was left knelt and we had to pump the hand hydraulic to get it back up again - not recommended!!
Post by Dave Homewood on May 22, 2009 18:31:24 GMT 12
Both great shots there camtech and Jon. The brown and green schemed ones must have been off working at the time. I used to often think how neat it was that they had so many different multicoloured schemes on the 42 Squadron Andovers, a real variety. But then 42 Squadron started as a bitsa variety transport squadron back in the war with about 15 or more different types on its books, not to mention the various schemes on each, so it's only fitting. Nowadays they're all in the same uniform.
Peter, Great photo of my favourite Andover - I was on the delivery crew of this aircraft in March/April 1977. Our route was Brize Norton (UK) - Naples - Cairo - Bahrein - Bombay (2 nights) - Calcutta - Butterworth - Singapore - Bali (2 nights) - Darwin - Amberley - Whenuapai.
Having recognised myself in one of the videos above, I trawled through the albums to see if there was anything I could add. Someone asked about the Cook Strait ferry strikes and the role 42SQN had in what was called Operation PLUTO. We had 3 aircraft deployed in 1991 along with 1 C130 to Woodbourne for about a week. Having now been on the wrong end of industrial action I now wonder about how we were used as strikebreakers, but back then it was just a whole lot of flying and a whole lot of fun. We had WB-WLG-WB SIDS and STARS (standard instrument departures and arrivals) invented for PLUTO, long before such things became standard in the civvie world, but most of the time just flogged across the Strait VFR making everyone sick. We could fit in 2 cars and 12 punters (from memory - any ALMs please feel free to interject (like always!)).
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