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Preserved aircraft in the UK

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In addition to original period photos of aircraft from years ago, is this gallery of photos showing preserved aircraft in more recent years.

Aviation Photograph Gallery

Aircraft tyre at RAF Byley
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy
Auster J1N
Avro 707C
Avro Anson
Avro Lancaster
Avro Lancaster and Hawker Hurricane
Avro Lincoln B2
Avro Vulcan B2
Avro Vulcan B2 nose shot
Avro Vulcan B2 starboard view
BAC 1-11 510ED
BAC Jet Provost
BAC Lightning F6 cockpit closeup
BAC Lightning F6 front quarter view
BAC Lightning F6 front view
BAC Lightning F6 port rear view
BAC Lightning F6 XR728
BAC Lightning F6 XR728 engine tests
BAC TSR2 front view
BAC TSR2 starboard side
Boeing 707 436
Boeing 747 cockpit
Boeing 747
Bristol Britannia
Bristol 188
Concorde G-BOAC at Manchester
Concorde G-BOAC final landing
Concorde G-BOAG Farewell at MCR
Concorde G-BOAG parked up
Concorde G-BOAG touches down
Consolidated B24 Liberator
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Curtis P40 and Spitfires parked
Curtis P40 at sunset
Curtis P40 engine cover closeup
Curtis P40 Kittyhawk
Curtis P40 rests in the evening
De Havilland Comet 1XB front view
De Havilland Comet 1XB head on
De Havilland Comet 4C Canopus
De Havilland Comet 4C nose
De Havilland Comet 4C nose close in
De Havilland Dove
De Havilland Dove coming in to land
De Havilland Heron
De Havilland Heron G-AORG
De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW2 nose
De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW2 starboard side
De Havilland Venom FB4
Douglas Dakota IV DC3
Douglas Dakota IV front view
English Electric Canberra
Fairey Gannet cockpit section
Gloster Javelin FAW1
Gloster Javelin model
Gloster Meteor F8 rear view
Gloster Meteor F8 WA829
Gloster Meteor in silver
Gloster Meteor IV
Handley Page Hastings
Handley Page Hastings transport
Handley Page Victor alongside the Vulcan
Handley Page Victor B1 cockpit
Handley Page Victor B1 cockpit rhs
Handley Page Victor B1 navigators area
Handley Page Victor B1 nose section
Handley Page Victor K2
Handley Page Victor K2 noseart
Handley Page Victor K2 tanker close up
Handley Page Victor K2 XH672
Hawker Fury 1 replica
Hawker Hunter at Bruntingthorpe
Hawker Hunter in pieces
Hawker Hunter nose section display
Hawker Hunter WB188
Hawker Hurricane replica
Hawker Siddeley Andover
Hawker Siddeley Harrier
Hawker Siddeley Trident 1 head on view
Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C front view
Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C rear view
Lavochkin LA9
Lockheed SP 2H Neptune
Lockheed T33
Lockheed T33 rear view
Messerschmitt ME262
North American P51 landing on a cloudy day
North American P51 Mustang at Goodwood
North American P51 Mustang landing at Goodwood
North American P51 Mustang landing overhead
North American P51 Mustang with invasion stripes
North American P51 Mustangs circling Goodwood
Percival Pembroke
Radio control Aircraft display
RAF Byley Bunker
RAF Byley Bunker entrance
RAF Hooton Park Belfast truss roofing
RAF Hooton Park Hangar
RAF Shawbury Old blister hangar
RAF Shawbury Old hangars
Rolls Royce Merlin
Vickers 953C Merchantman
Vickers 953C Merchantman closeup
Vickers 953C Merchantman nose section only
Vickers Valiant B1 nose section
Vickers VC10 1101 British Airways
Vickers VC10 fuselage
Vickers VC10 nose section
Vickers VC10 Sultan of Oman
Vickers VC10 tail and engines
Vickers VC10 tail and engines port side
Vickers VC10 underside
Vickers Viking
Vickers Viking front view
Vickers Viking front view of engines
Vickers Viscount
Vickers Wellington 1A
Vickers Wellington 1A construction
Vickers Wellington 1A construction port side
Westland Whirlwind helicopter XN299
De Havilland

Recent photographs of historic aircraft in the UK

The images shown on this page were all taken by myself at museums, airfields and other aviation-related locations across the UK in recent years. The plan is to add new photos in as and when I've got new ones to add.

The current selection is a mixture of military (RAF, USAF etc) and civilian types, from the 1930s through the war years and into the 1940s/1950s when the jet came of age. The most recent aircraft will be familiar to aviation enthusiasts from the 1960s and 1970s, although I'm keen to expand on the postwar images. If you have any photos, perhaps from museums outside of the UK, and you'd be willing to have them feature on Classic Aircraft, please drop me a line, thanks.

A number of the photos were taken on a slightly gloomy day at RAF Cosford. This museum has an interesting collection of aircraft, not least a healthy choice of civilian types which is unusual in British museums, most if not all in either British Airways or BOAC colour schemes. In the 1980s I'd often see BAC 1-11s and Tridents flying in and out of Manchester Airport on the BA Shuttle service. British Airtours also operated 707s at this time. Therefore I always like to see the Trident and 1-11 on view at Cosford, near to a 707 in Airtours colours. The Standard VC10 on show pre-dates my planespotting days slightly, as does the BOAC Comet, so its nice to see examples here.

I was lucky a little while ago when I made an impromptu visit to Bruntingthorpe, as there were engine runs taking place with the F6 Lightning, the roar of the afterburner and the aircraft rocking around on its brakes, was definitely memorable. So was the chance to have a look inside the stripped-out Boeing 747 that was there at the time - I'm not sure if this one still survives? when I was there the plan was to convert it to a conference facility.

Quite a few photos of Vickers aircraft feature on Classic Aircraft. These were taken during an pleasant afternoon at the Brooklands Museum, a site known both for motor racing prior to WW2, and construction of aircraft in the 1940s and after the war.

The Goodwood Revival, a 3 day event centred around historic motorsport, has also offered good opportunities to photograph interesting aircraft in action, and up close on the airfield. Prior to being a racing circuit, Goodwood was in fact an RAF fighter station, and aviation is always well represented at this fantastic show each September.
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