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V3388 G-AHTW


c/n 3083. Built 1940. Previously part of the Skyfame collection but grounded in 1970 and now on display suspended in the 'AirSpace' hangar at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire, UK. 26th January 2018

The following history for V3388 comes from the IWM website:-

"Built in 1940, with the constructors number 3083. It was accepted by 15 M.U. on Nov 30, 1940 before test flying, and was removed to Broxbourne where it was stored with wings and engines not fitted. It was assembled on site by Marshall's in June 1942, and transferred to 8 M.U. at Little Rissington on Sept 24th. At the end of the year it was under repair by Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd, but returned to 15 M.U. Wroughton on Jan 25 1943. Remained on their charge until it was sold in May 1946 to Boulton Paul Aircraft Ltd. Boulton Paul's registered it as G-AHTW, and its C.of A was issued at Wolverhampton on June 19 1946. It served them for general communications flying for 14 years, though it was not very active, until the C.of A expired in Dec 1960. It was transferred to the care of the Wolverhampton Aero Club, but was not flown again until it went to Elstree in Feb 1963 for repainting prior to its delivery to Staverton on March 25 1964. V3388 had become unairworthy by the 1970s due to glue deterioration in its wooden construction."

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c/n 3083. Built 1940. Previously part of the Skyfame collection but grounded in 1970 and now on display suspended in the 'AirSpace' hangar at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire, UK. 26th January 2018

After the dissolution of Skyfame at Staverton, a number of its aircraft went to Duxford. Its founder was a Welsh businessman who had money to burn and invested in various schemes to bring a Short Sunderland back to the UK in the 60s, including getting hold of an RNZAF example and flying it round the world to the UK, but he eventually negotiated with the French and got one from them. It's now at the RAF Museum. Other than the Oxford, Skyfame had a Mosquito, Anson and a Cierva Autogyro that are now at Duxford and a Firefly that is now at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

Here's the Oxbox now...

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0707 Duxford Oxford
 
AS.10 & AS.46 Oxford HN386 450 aircraft ordered from Airspeed Ltd., Portsmouth, to contract B.128581/40. Delivered between September 1942 and May 1943.

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Airspeed Oxford Mk1 PH318 3/4 CAACU Royal Air Force 3/4 CAACU RAF 29-04-1956 Sunday

Airspeed AS.10 Oxford Mk.I PH318 "45" of 3/4 CAACU (Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit), RAF. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 27 April 1956: The crew was engaged in a local training sortie at Exeter Airport. After landing, the twin engine aircraft encountered difficulties to stop, overran, lost its undercarriage and came to a halt in a field. Both pilots were unhurt while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Cause: Wrong approach configuration on part of the flying crew who completed the landing at an excessive speed in full flap configuration and in strong cross winds conditions. Incident Airspeed Oxford Mk I PH318, 27 Apr 1956

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