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de Havilland DH.104 Devon C.2 VP967
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No: 13021   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: de Havilland   Country: United Kingdom
de Havilland DH.104 Devon C.2 VP967

Photographed on 20 May 2011 at the YAM, Elvington.
In service with 207 Squadron at Northolt, it later served with 21 Sqn at Andover which operated Devons in a Communications role until 1976 when it disbanded. VP967 later transferred to RNAS Culdrose, 1978-1981, where it saw service in the Fisheries Patrol at Lee-on-Solent spotting Spanish fishing vessels intruding into British waters. It was retired from service in 1982. Several years later, VP967 was acquired by East Surrey College and used as a gate guardian & instructional airframe. At some time it was registered as G-KOOL.
Brothers Daniel and Kevin Hunt of the East Surrey Aviation Group were very busy returning Oscar-Lima to its former glory, preparing and re-spraying all the external surfaces. It was necessary to strip the aircraft back to base metal, so it could be etched primed and re-painted in its original RAF colours. During this work, many of its former schemes and badges were revealed, which went back some 55 years! Despite its good condition, many parts were missing and these have now been sourced from as far away as Australia.
A great deal more information and many photographs of this aircraft over the years can be seen on the wingsmuseum web site.
Picture added on 06 June 2011 at 08:38
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Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, England, United Kingdom
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31/1/12 - Since the above picture was taken work on VP976 is being progressed by a small army of volunteers based at the museum. The interior of the aircraft has been lovingly restored and is nearly complete. The electrical circuits have been checked out and all is in good order. It is the aim of the Yorkshire Air Museum (YAM) to have the aircraft ready for ground engine running by April this year (2012)

Added by Ian Fixter on 31 January 2012.
Since my above comment I can now confirm that VP967 is now fully restored to engine running condition. The aircraft engines were ran yesterday (27 March) and the aircraft was taxied under its own power. This is was done in front of the local TV News cameras and was in preparation for a Thunder Day at the Yorkshire Air Museum this Sunday (1st April)

Added by Ian Fixter on 28 March 2012.
VP967 ran successfully on our Thunder day thrilling the crowds and YAM volunteers alike

Added by Simon Hitchen on 01 April 2012.
Video of the VP967, with engines running, can been seen on 'You Tube' under 'VP967 Elvington' it well worth a look.

Added by Ian Fixter on 22 April 2012.
VP967 ran successfully at the 'YAM Thunder Day' on 3rd of June. The engines were taken up to 3000rpm, the first time for a few years, pleasing the crew and spectators. In addition the aircraft carried its first taxi.

Added by Ian Fixter on 04 June 2012.
Lovely to see VP967 being restored. My Father in Law was the Flight Engineer on this plane back in the 1950's.

Added by Terry Joyce on 03 May 2013.
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