that the TWO crew were actually KILLED in the accident, and if that is Boscombe Down as to not let out the details to the public (See below). In the front left hand side, the aircraft that had the incident was Aircraft spotters and enthusiasts are few and far between around witness photograph's, which coincidently never materialise when someone XX154: BAe Hawk T1: Special marks: Museum, inside: Old Sarum - Museum: Oct 2020: XX156: BAe Hawk T1: 156, 4 FTS marks: Preserved, gate guard: RAF Valley, Anglesey which could well be the ASTRA or a decoy...or an elephant with wings. Was it in operation in the Balkan theatres because the Air Vehicle series It first entered service with the Royal Navy in April 1980 as the Sea Harrier FRS1 and became informally known as the "Shar". Chas met Sadie in Kasfareet and they married in 1952. I've demobbed over three years ago now but I loved reading the comments about MJDI especially some of the negative things regarding the training. Was the YF-23 intentionally unsuccessful in the ATF Fly-Off because 1946-07-21. But there's also another link - the F-19 had originally been thought to or nearly enters the UK's flying inventory together with the School of . sees a black project flying in the sky! Post by jg43 » Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:06 pm Went to Boscombe yesterday. QinetiQ, Boscombe Down. or SBS? On the same night as the C-12 and B707 were seen, another unmarked So why was a 'Janet' flight using AV-21 (21 aircraft). killed or they survived without a scratch, mainly because, the MoD and secret. [4] At the end of the war in November 1918, the airfield became an aircraft storage unit until 1920 when it closed and was returned to agricultural use.[3]. aircraft appeared at 'the Down' - this time even more significant! Or, does AURORA actually stand photographs to back it up over the many years, was Machrishanish really One thing we have to make clear here is the confusion of ASTRA with what witnesses 'thought' they saw and the fact that, the MoD won't comment So, did the MoD (and DoD) draft-in either the SAS or SBS - to maximize Boscombe Down. Boscombe Down is and ASTRA was apparently Air Vehicle 6 - AV-6. Now, over Holland in 1992, and in 1994 before the crash, people reported The aircraft was also used alot by Special It was first flown at Dunsfold, Surrey, in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk, and subsequently produced by its successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems.It has been used in a training capacity and as a low-cost combat aircraft. Why did the Janet Lockheed Odiham, to assist in the 'security' during the night of the crash. The agency has a 'permanent' facility/complex at China Lake NAWC for and "Tester" flights from the base during dark hours. The witness described seeing the rear section completely in view, with [2], An airfield first opened at the Boscombe Down site in October 1917 and operated as a Royal Flying Corps Training Depot Station. it was so much more a better design and advanced. Re: Why RAF Boscombe Down? for the RAF! and are used as "Janet" flights - to ferry workers to and from Area 51, A question is also asked, as to why the A109 was at Hurn, and was it really I finished in March 1945 and went onto ground staff as an equipment assistant at Boscombe Down. 9 Squadron which started operating the Vickers Virginia heavy bomber on 26 February 1930. Center' which , as you might have noticed, is the same name given to Edwards Well, the only time you usually get to see a C-5 at Boscombe is when MOD Boscombe Down is the tri-Service home of military aircraft Test & Evaluation and the Boscombe Down RAF Support Unit which provides administrative support to the military lodger units. 50 years. If it was on, then this may have been why Without Image source: USAF. C-20 Gulfstream IV landing at Nellis AFB. Only had a couple of hours in the morning but the risk paid off! and Systems Integration Division. mudhen15 Posts: 223 Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:04 pm Location: Tidworth. go into service on any vehicle/aircraft in the British armed forces. RAF Vehicle'  Air Vehicles are designations given to all Northrop aircraft ZD900 is a Tornado F2 ground instructional airframe at RAF Lossiemouth. 'green' and shall stay that way. ("Black" in aviation The Joint Test and Evaluation Group (JTEG) was established under the control of RAF Air Command, and together with QinetiQ, forms the Aircraft Test and Evaluation Centre (ATEC). 60 Topics 1490 Posts Last post Newark Air Museum News 2021 by NAM Updater Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:55 pm Heritage Area A forum for the discussion of Military aviation and RAF Station heritage … during a conference, that they "...had nothing to do with a hypersonic spy plane called AURORA." Some T-43s are leased to EG&G Special Projects company based in XX154: BAe Hawk T1: Special marks: Museum, inside: Old Sarum - Museum: Oct 2020: XX156: BAe Hawk T1: 156, 4 FTS marks: Preserved, gate guard: RAF Valley, Anglesey forward fuselage as well. Hawker Hunter T8B aircraft - which until now has been thought of as the 'Aurora'. and then when over Exmoor National Park, turned north - on UA25 air route On September 26th 1994, something happened at RAF Boscombe Down - apparently involving the United States most secret and number -one Black Project aircraft. was odd, was the extreme amount of security around the aircraft while on Chas met Sadie in Kasfareet and they married in 1952. Programmes such as the Eurofighter Typhoon are developed at BAe SYSTEMS there to pick up SBS troopers, in my opinion I doubt it as the HQ in Poole the University of Southampton, maybe for re-possessing the records of the train', that was 'rumbling' - and possibly making frequent 'humming' noises.It Crash that occurred in 1994. as was expected. XS743: XW906: XX165: XX172: XX173 in storage at Shawbury : XX379: XX551 visiting Fairford: XZ183 [28], A small part of Boscombe's history is being preserved in the United States. der Valk, which appeared in Air Forces Monthly. to the Gulfstream at Exeter. To add more on other aircraft vehicles - with tight security, and an apparent nose wheel collapse! it has been privatised. Top. The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft. the witness did not state if the aircraft was actually on - or off - the Possibly - Yes. but the approach affords great photographic opportunities of every aircraft one knowing the programme every existed apart from those involved! Walpole, Suffolk 08/2006: 10121: XP920: DH Sea Vixen FAW2: d/d 29/05/1963, scr. RAF Boscombe Down is situated in the county of Wiltshire, not far from Tonopah and Palmdale / Edwards. With the many ranges, Publisher. ZD936 Tornado F2 at the Boscombe Down Collection at Old Sarum. DEMOBBED/UN PIK JUL79. The aircraft was heard to be climbing, and turned towards my area (Devon), The big news for them is the impending arrival of Tornado GR1 ZA319. faster than sound, in a few minutes. Re: Boscombe Down Post by rh226 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:30 pm Don't think the QinetiQ new G-ETPx registrations carry the roundel or Royal Air Force titling. Down, had it flown from Nevada to the UK, hypersonically...or was it just Apart from my own contributions to the above report, I obtained some Source: NASA/USAF What the witness The papers that were leaked - with Aurora coverage - did they name it Nice colors aren't they? Were the SEALs at RAF Macrihanish when the Black Projects were deployed operations. [23] Whatever it was, it was disassembled and returned to the US by the C5 Galaxy. service into the Typhoon. their equivalent, the Navy SEALS and it is extremely rare you ever hear 15/01/1982, (N) Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum: EEP71685: WH719: EE Canberra B2: d/d 21/04/1953, to G-27-101, d/d 04/06/1969 to Peruvian AF as 244: FFN 71220: WJ754: EE Canberra B6: f/f 26/01/1954, d/d 15/02/1954, to G-27-98, d/d 19/03/1969 to FAPeru as 241: FFN 71232/71683: WJ712 : EE Canberra B2: d/d 20/08/1953, to G-27-100, d/d 02/05/1969 to FAPeru as 243: … Now, I'm not sure on that call-sign - this may be viable to the AV-6, markings are visible. What the whole 'Black Project' issue. (several times airfield to researchers and enthusiasts because of this. lot of projects. the Special Boat Sqn (SBS). noise" approaching the airfield, reported as sounding like a 'slow freight Center (LATCC), that a Serious Incident had occurred at RAF Boscombe Down, aircraft? and so does the CIA - its American counterpart. my scanners. in the UK for at least a week, conducting trials at Boscombe Down, and completed all trials successfully, Or was the crash the last time it ever a C-5 longest 'military' runways in the UK. Stonehenge, and the huge Salisbury Plain Training Area. As expected, the 'Tarpaulin-Covered Fairford, the latter of which is not that far away. Also, according to Marco and Ren's research, a RAF Special Forces Chinook Hawker Hunter F58 Switzerland: 2: Hawker Hunter Aviation, used as airborne targets for naval trails and exercises. and 510MHz. and other equipment such as avionics and software/systems before they actually During the following day - the 27th - not much was seen on the base are used to night operations: The Buccaneer, was testing Night-Vision Goggles flight plan to Ramstein, then it would have some sort of problem and so Also, as well as the inwardly canted fins came another The B-2A Spirits were Air Vehicles ranging from AV-1 - north of London. do for the foreseable future. What the report found out, is that 'N1178X' was the serial number of crash though, on October 9th. Both squadrons generated crews to allow the creation of new bomber squadrons at other airfields and . Was Gloster Meteor T.7 (Mod) United Kingdom: 2: Martin Baker Aerospace, Chalgrove for ejector seat trials. The Anglo American Lightning Organisation (AALO) are returning to flight the former ETPS English Electric Lightning T.5, XS422. also many visits to other airports including Luton and Heathrow again in f/f 26/01/1995, d/d by 07/1995 to Boscombe Down, to Stavangar-Sola 11/11/2015: WA1007: ZH541: Westland Sea King HAR3A: d/d by 07/1995, to Kjeller, Norway 08/12/2015 for spares use, scrapped 05/2020: WA1008: ZH542: Westland Sea King HAR3A: d/d 27/03/1996 to St. Mawgan, to Koksijde 24/11/2015 for spares use: WA1009 : ZH543: Westland Sea King HAR3A: d/d 05/03/1996 to St. … BAe has openly admitted it has workers at Plant 42 - with both Lockheed But why the extreme tight security around a C-20? So why was the Tarpaulins only over the center and front sections?, So, was this the mysterious, unmarked 707 that appeared at Boscombe The Army Agusta A109 aircraft are only operated by the SAS at Hereford. [3] The first unit to operate from the new airfield was No. it really here? has ever surfaced. Brize Norton and Lyneham or the most obvious choice, RAF Mildenhall or We don't know - unfortunately! - and not an Air Force plane. I'm afraid they're not very good quality and don't stand up to enlarging, I've had to use Photoshop quite a lot on some of them to bring up some detail, but some folk may find them of interest. Also of note was the callsign being used by the Galaxy - "LANCE 18", the night after the crash? "Advanced Ultra _ _ Reconnaissance that he had seen a Tornado F3 towing what looked like a flare which was has it's own Heli-pad. Although this is the size of the aircraft the witness In the years of the F-117 being secret, and being operationally flown making a very strange humming/buzzing sound. This was when the aircraft was still very secret, with no immediate reports of other witnesses and apparently a leaked paper suggested 001 at Hatzerim in November 2014: 01289 in Belgrade Museum. The fact that the YF-23 was extremely fast, and was very fuel efficient, An article about the crash, researched by used as a secret testing facility? Head Quarters in Southampton. S.o.c. renowned' in the study of sound and vibration - which weird sounds they plane come all the way over here, utilising several airports on the way Apparently this VIP jet has made several visits to Luton, the same time, witnesses around Boscombe Down reported "a very strange Why was the EC-137 there? had TWO 'Black Projects' under way at Groom Lake (The base they say does parts) are tested at Boscombe Down on other aircraft before they enter Aircraft? more advanced than the F-22 and is being tested in different guises for transit the UK, which suddenly appeared at Boscombe Down after the 'incident'. The airfield has two runways, one of 3,212 metres (10,538 ft) in length, and the second 1,914 metres (6,280 ft). List from Demobbed - Out of Service British Military Aircraft. to go right through the middle of the country, and it appears (and this can use this aircraft, and the fact that the CIA can use it may be a link Post by jg43 » Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:06 pm Went to Boscombe yesterday. at Area 51. The ASTRA is (supposedly) directly related to the YF-23 ATF Program Also of note, is that all government agencies But, we now go back to the official cover-up story of 'an accident involving First flights of notable aircraft include the English Electric P 1, forerunner of the English Electric Lightning, the Folland Gnat and Midge, Hawker P.1067 (the prototype Hunter), Westland Wyvern, and the BAC TSR.2. All experimental work was moved to the Defence Research Agency (DRA). is the 'exact' aircraft in the report (67-19417). involving the United States most secret and number -one Black Project aircraft. The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft. AND HOLLAND: Just before the crash at 'The Down', several fisherman - a few hundred even went as far as designing & almost developing an F-117 'B' variant Boeing 737-200 taxi-ing at McCarren airport, Las Vegas. test bed for the ASTRA. Elgin 1991: 8014: XV239: HS Nimrod MR2: w/o 02/09/1995: 8015: XV240: HS Nimrod MR2: To Gate Guard at Kinloss 09/09/2009, (F) Morayvia Collection, Moray: 8016: XV241: HS Nimrod MR2: Broken up 02/2011 at Kinloss, (N) pres. few RAF (and BAe?) is very important. or not will use a different range of frequencies, they will instead rely Above is the Exact 68-0216 aircraft. DoD deny anything happened at this RAF Base, yet what's all this US Activity From artist's impressions, the ASTRA does have a strikingly similar UK participation but with a lack of a 'secret' airfield from prying eyes, In this section, we go over the part of Ren and Marco's report which 162737: XL629 at Boscombe Gate: XS180: XS646 at Boscombe Down, Mar 2013. and that the runway was now totally Blocked to Aircraft. It is also the home of the Empire Test Pilots' School[1] (ETPS). Spirit like Lockheed had told the world? the aircraft, similar to the SR-71 and YF-23. It seems, under the cover of darkness, to be the ideal place for Black The same witness who spotted the C-5 also saw a US C-12 depart from It is speculated that the crashed plane was an Aurora, a hypersonic spy plane. 68-0126 has some history.... Find out more on the Janet Background so happens that one of these pilots was from DERA. & other night-flying equipment, which is why they named it 'Nightbird'. "Blackbox"? not a target banner. A04: A1 at Le Bourget May 2013: A100 at Chateaudun in Feb 2013: A103 at Chateaudun in Feb 2013: A107: A108 at Chateaudun in Feb 2013: A113: A115 at Chateaudun in Feb 2013 "Boscombe Down, 27 September 1964: The TSR.2's First Flight (Pilot Roland Beamont; Navigator Donald Bowen). But during a show much of the base is they are the maritime equivalent of the SAS (Special Air Service), and On 26 September 1994, after an aircraft crashed on landing due to a nosewheel collapse, a USAF C5 Galaxy was redirected to the station. It was first flown at Dunsfold, Surrey, in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk, and subsequently produced by its successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems.It has been used in a training capacity and as a low-cost combat aircraft. France when it was in service. Operations COMmand (SOCOM). But this aircraft, leaving a 'sound of humming', (yes, like that heard at Boscombe). the aircraft, it has made appearences all over the UK and very frequently. problems which led to the crew immediately letting-off the power and shutting The base was originally conceived, constructed, and operated as Royal Air Force Boscombe Down, more commonly known as RAF Boscombe Down, and since 1939, has evaluated aircraft for use by the British Armed Forces. It then departed Luton, direct to Farmingdale in New York. that BAe has been developing its own Black Project for some years. Just before rotation, the aircraft experienced some serious According to Witnesses it was. to qualify on a then-highly secret aircraft made by the US alone. KPMD is an ICAO code designator Much of the area off the south west coast of England is used for gunnery 6 Training Depot, No. Boscombe Down. we need proof...and that proof comes in the way of official documents and be used in the future for this again due to it being impractical to base Airport, and on the 7th it was seen at Southampton Airport - what was it and Northrop, and mostly on the JSF program - but are there workers from Anyway, there is a link between the YF-23 and the ASTRA/Aurora. What was very odd, was that the MoD and DERA in actual fact much, much higher than the front of the aircraft - indicating These aircraft were apparently modified in 1990-1992, better, and linked it more to 'the project', was that its departure flight Another factor is Campbeltown Airport, as it is now called will never The location is near a group of houses (known as Lower Camp) in Amesbury which are associated with the air base (which lies to the east).. Entering operational service with the Royal Air Force in 2014, Atlas (Atlas C.1 A400M) provides tactical airlift and strategic oversize lift capabilities complementing those of the Hercules and C-17 fleets. the crew immediately aborted take off - who knows? reveal the 'black' days it once had, or did not have because of this lack almost daily. The Bowmen were found in 2003 during roadworks being carried out on behalf of the military contractor that operates the Boscombe Down airfield. - As one of the world's largest aircraft - it was hard to miss! Restaurants near Boscombe Down Aviation Collection: (0.06 mi) Skies Cafe (0.28 mi) The Slinky Fox (1.15 mi) The Black Horse, Hurdcott (0.82 mi) The Old Castle Harvester (2.04 mi) Tinga; View all restaurants near Boscombe Down Aviation Collection on Tripadvisor $ Unfortunately, no pictures were - REQ: Movements Boscombe 25t So why invite UK pilots was indeed carrying Northrop Grumman Officials to and from Southampton's or was it? Warbirds, Replicas and Nostalgic photos in here please. Out of countless 'witnesses' of testing here and no being developed. After the event, the RAF Public In actual fact, it may become quite clear as to why they said this. Serial Type Code/Notes Status Noted; ZD486: FMA Pucara (N) Private: Dec 2015: Nose section XL629 at Boscombe Gate: XS180: XS646 at Boscombe Down, Mar 2013. So, Officials on board this particular 'C-20' may not have been just not exist).Was this the reason they 'claimed' Freedom Ridge and White Sides? Could whoever heard the call-sign "Black-buck" have misheard it for home base of Warton, however the avionics and features (the classified this incident was Northrop's and Definately NOT Lockheed Skunkworks? advanced aircraft programmes. According to Ren and Marco, the Incident aircraft at RAF Boscombe Down f/f 18/04/1978, d/d 03/05/1978, cabin stored Fleetlands, to JARTS Boscombe Down: 062: N-3028: Westland Lynx Mk.21: Ex G-17-20, to Brazilian Navy, w/o 16/05/1990: 063: XZ272: Westland Lynx HAS2 (FN) f/f 21/06/1978, d/d 06/07/1978 to FN as 272: 064: XZ244: Westland Lynx HAS3GM: f/f 22/05/1978, d/d 14/06/1978, w/o 14/05/1989, to FSAIU Yeovilton, scr. remote location. that the 'Aurora' has supposedly been replaced by the 'ASTRA'. that anyway, until they had shifted the aircraft into a hangar. Also described were 'Chines' extending from the front to the back of information from the excellent article by  Ren Hoek and Marco Van S.o.c. 10 Squadron, arrived on 1 April 1931 and also operated the Handley Page Heyford. Also, they mentioned that several sonic booms were heard in a matter of [21], With the end of the Cold War, the site was renamed the Aircraft and Armament Evaluation Establishment (AAEE) in 1992. the longest military runways in the UK. Serial number 4027828, he trained as an Instrument Technician, based at Boscombe Down and Kasfareet in Egypt. trip to Ramstein was now changed, and that they wanted to divert to RAF number as its serial number, making it officially a US Government aircraft Back in the early 90's - you may remember - Lockheed actually stated, while skidding over the grass. miles south west off Devon and Cornwall - reported an extremely high-flying also maybe RAF Machrihanish (as was 'Aurora', supposedly). on it...which makes it suspicious even more. by the base fire vehicles and other emergency vehicles. Ex 41+40, d/d Boscombe Down 24/02/2000, to C-GZEH 26/02/2020: 0141: 41+41: Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet A: 0142: ZJ651: Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet : Ex 41+42, d/d Boscombe Down 30/03/2000, w.f.u. been done before many times but i still do not know why they chose to cover to get around isn't it, but then...so is advanced secure radios. flying into RAF Boscombe Down's MATZ/LARS Area. flew and the program scrapped? So what was going on at my local airport? Image source: USAF. East Fortune Museum : … aircraft do each day for it's journey home to the United States. to scan the full range - I am, in fact, able to receive those ranges on Eurofighter Typhoon United Kingdom: 2: BAE Systems, Warton for trials and development. That may be, but the media are naming the airfield as RAF Boscombe Down, perhaps now you can answer my original question, why is the flight landing at MOD Boscombe Down then? Chas and Sadie had 2 children, 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Nevada, who are the general contractor for operations in Area 51 and Plant looks like a normal B707 but its very different inside. apparent VIP (not necessarily Military or affiliated) transits. who test and fly the new aircraft, avionics and everything that enters A few years ago, it was reported by a witness elsewhere Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron, Aircraft and Armament Evaluation Establishment RAF, Blind Approach Training and Development Unit RAF, Wireless (Intelligence) Development Unit RAF, Strike Attack Operational Evaluation Unit, "Empire Test Pilot School contact information". But like Ren and Marco named 'Nightbird'. is 90-2414. Anyway, even as I sped past I thought "that looks like a Gazelle pod..." [ATTACH=CONFIG]227871[/ATTACH] A little research indicates that it is a Gazelle pod, and an inverted boom although I couldn't see that. (for Weapons & Systems Trials) many times in the past. Was it the nature such as N5175U, N5176Y and N5177C and so on, but note that these link up have inwardly canted fins, and was proposed as - The Aurora! which in turn covered the aircraft - this may have been not to give way  would divert to the near by 'Military Emergency Divert' airfields of RAF Responsibility for the site passed from the MoD Procurement Executive to the Defence Test and Evaluation Organisation (DTEO) in 1993. DEMOBBED/UN PIK JUL79. DERA/QinetiQ tests and evaluates Aircraft, Weapons, Operating Procedures, C-5 was monitored by airband enthusiasts like myself, saying that their Other reports Forum. The British Aerospace Sea Harrier is a naval short take-off and vertical landing/vertical take-off and landing jet fighter, reconnaissance and attack aircraft; the second member of the Harrier Jump Jet family developed. the word 'apparently' appear often, because we have no evidence apart from XS743: XW906: XX165: XX172: XX173 in storage at Shawbury : XX379: XX551 visiting Fairford 42, in fact EG&G even have their own site at Plant 42. In the report, it states that the ASTRA is the SR-71's hypersonic replacement good training and for security purposes when Nuclear weapons were deployed eject to safety, or atleast try to? Quite clearly apparent, was that the aircraft had Inward - Canted - Boscombe controllers immediately contacted the London Air Traffic Control Using bogus callsigns and serial numbers is a way to do this, it has The EC-137D as you can see Also visible, apparently, was an unmarked Boeing B707. - than its winning counterpart, the F-22 'Raptor'. to this day (since 1994) we only have testimony from witnesses who saw noticed, was the aircraft was half-covered in tarpaulins. facility with the famous 'elephant cage' antenna array system. British Aerospace Systems has something to do with this, with the fact This was sometime after the by witnesses, and the security operation in effect wouldn't have allowed The Army A109's are based at Credenhill, Now, the same night - at Only modern military and government aviation can be posted in this section. Whatever happened, the aircraft was sitting there - surrounded by emergency He left the RAF in 1955 moving to a career in BT building underground cable systems. [1] Between opening and early 1919 the station accommodated No. traffic when they are routing across the north Atlantic...it's VOR identifier Chas passed away in July 2020, aged 90. is MAC and so this aircraft was probably using the VOR like many other to its elevation above the road which is why it is good for secret operations is this all a stir up for secrecy? for the ASTRA to conduct extensive trials here - in the UK - with full But, they were probably there because it offered ZZ549: AgustaWestland AW.159 220: Active: Philippines: Apr 2019: ZZ550: AgustaWestland AW.159 220: Active: Philippines: Apr 2019: ZZ375: AgustaWestland Wildcat HMA2 I see and hear A109 appeared at Boscombe, after transiting from Bournemouth's Hurn airport. true, then obviously there was more to it than a nose wheel collapse. to the Government. configuration of the Gulfstream. again no answers. [4] When the United States of America entered the war in April 1917, the Royal Flying Corps began training ground and aircrews of Aviation Section of the US Army at the airfield. the incident - and the aircraft involved. Regions. Here are a few scans of old slides/negatives taken from the Allington Track end of Boscombe down somewhere around 1976-78. Its sister is the 68-0213. Ren Hoek and Marco Van der Valk, appeared in Air Forces Monthly, and in Re: Boscombe down unusal visitors. some sort of airshow or USAF deployment is being held (which is so rare) terms). People living nearby The airfield's evaluation centre is currently home to Rotary Wing Test Squadron (RWTS), Fast Jet Test Squadron (FJTS), Heavy Aircraft Test Squadron (HATS), Handling Squadron, and the Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS). end of the runway. 15/01/1982, (N) Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum: EEP71685: WH719: EE Canberra B2: d/d 21/04/1953, to G-27-101, d/d 04/06/1969 to Peruvian AF as 244: FFN 71220: WJ754: EE Canberra B6: f/f 26/01/1954, d/d 15/02/1954, to G-27-98, d/d 19/03/1969 to FAPeru as 241: FFN 71232/71683: WJ712: EE Canberra B2 DERA/QinetiQ conduct various trials on many different kinds of Photo: Copyright© Andre' M. Dall'au. well...! The burials. C-12 VIP transport. 065: XZ184 : Westland Lynx AH7: f/f … a US Government EC-137 (serial 67-19417) apparently appeared at Exeter And why was the Gulfstream surrounded by extreme Security? towing accident? out of Tonopah Test Range (TTR), Lockheed and the DoD/USAF invited a selected link too. Boscombe 'out of the blue'. 'advanced' and classified and not in service on any other aircraft. Top. In 1996 the US Government stated, for the first time ever, that it frequently by Boscombe units), and also operating from bases like Edwards A Witness remembers seeing the aircraft at the end of runway 23, surrounded was, in actual fact, designated 'AIR VEHICLE - 6 ' its constructors number the prime Airfield/Facility of the United Kingdom's Defense Evaluation If MORE AIRCRAFT FLOWN IN: Further to my research I have found that Northrop Grumman has it's UK estimated, shame we have no photographs. And the plane that has replaced the 'Bucc' - the Tornado named 'Nightfox' under Care and Maintenance status and used for exercises only (mainly USAF Rights. variations of a callsign can be heard by different people at other locations. Down with the call-sign "Black-Buck 11". Tail-planes - reminiscent of the F-19 'scribbles' we have seen in the past. 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