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Scottish Aviation

THE HISTORY OF THIS BULLDOG

 

XX637 (BH120-307) had its first flight 23/9/74 then on 10/10/74 was delivered to the Royal Navy’s Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) at Church Fenton.

 

To Northumbrian UAS, RAF Leeming 21/11/74 coded ‘Z’ then possibly ‘U’.  12/87 overstressed whilst doing aerobatics over Teeside Airport and roaded to RAF Shawbury for repairs.  Next reported at Yorkshire UAS, RAF Finningley 7/91 coded ‘U’ (9/92).

 

On 7/6/93 it became Instructional Airframe No. 9197M at RAF Exhibition Production and Transportation Unit at RAF St.Athan and used as a travelling exhibit still coded ‘U’.

 

In 1997 it was noted with SERCO at St. Athan and around this time was repainted as XX530 coded ‘F’.  Noted at Barkston Heath in 1999.

 

In 2000 it was allocated to 2175 Sqn ATC at Hillington, Glasgow but delivered to RAF Kinloss for damage repairs (also to 446 Sqn ATC at Kinloss).

 

In 2001 it was reported with 327 Sqn ATC at Kilmarnock and in 2002 with Rolls-Royce at Renfrew.

BULLDOG T.1

— XX637 (XX530 tribute)

Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 trainer in Hangar 2 at the Ulster Aviation Society

Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 trainer

in Hangar 2 at the Ulster Aviation Society

Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 waiting at freezing Cairnryan on its way back to MLK

The question being asked by many people at present is why was the Bulldog repainted as XX530?

 

The answer would appear to be as a memorial.

 

On 21 September 1978 the real XX530 suffered an engine failure and crashed into high ground at Cochayne Ridge, Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire killing both crew.  

 

The aircraft was believed to be serving with the Royal Navy’s EFTS at Church Fenton at the time.

Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 waiting at freezing Cairnryan on its way back to MLK

Photo: Ray Burrows

Photo: Ray Burrows

Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 trainer aircraft in Hangar 2 at the Ulster Aviation before its wings and tailplane are re-attached

Photo: Alan Jarden

Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 trainer aircraft in Hangar 2 at the Ulster Aviation before its wings and tailplane are re-attached