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Bedford QL Fuel Bowser

Bedford QL Bowser diorama simulating refuelling our Jet Provost T3A. Image: Mark J. Cairns

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

Bedford QL Bowser diorama simulating refuelling our Jet Provost T3A. Image: Mark J. Cairns

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

Rear view with the fuel pumps inside the Bedford QL Bowser Image: Mark J. Cairns

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

A familiar sight on most Second World War British Air fields, the distinctive blue and yellow paint scheme, there were nine different types including:

Type 1306 = Mobile operations room

Type 1307 = 950-1000 Gallons fuel tanker

Type 1308 = 2000 Gallons fuel tanker

Type 1329 = 500 Gallons fuel tanker

Type 2400 = 850 Gallons fuel, plus 100 Gallons Oil tanker (dispensed through hand pump mounted on the nearside) aka 16A/699

The fuel booms were introduced on the Bedfords post-War, especially on the 16A/700, which had 3 booms, with fuel and Oil pumped through engine-driven pumps. Left and right outer booms were for fuel, middle one for Oil

Our Bedford QL bowser at the UAS has now been restored. UAS Volunteer, Tommy Moore has installed new headlamps on the vehicle (and yes, they work!). The upper surfaces of the 1940s RAF fueller was painted in brilliant yellow by our in-house painter, Ian Hendry.

Front view of the Bedford QL Bowser Image: Mark J. Cairns

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

Manufacturer: Bedford

Model: QL Fuel Bowser

Registration: RAF 206180 
(Reg. 53 GPP)

Type: 16A/700


UAS Location: Hangar 1