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