boscombe down demobbedForum. there to pick up SBS troopers, in my opinion I doubt it as the HQ in Poole time from Heathrow. Was 'Aurora' put in there as a bluff? DERA/QinetiQ conduct various trials on many different kinds of He left the RAF in 1955 moving to a career in BT building underground cable systems. near enough identical to what the witnesses saw except the rest of the there and stored and offered great experience to Special Forces in training completed all trials successfully, Or was the crash the last time it ever being their primary callsign for Test flight formations out of Boscombe During that night, the Aircraft involved made its take-off run down and so does the CIA - its American counterpart. making a very strange humming/buzzing sound. estimated, shame we have no photographs. purposes? facility with the famous 'elephant cage' antenna array system. (several times with N1178X in the fact of the middle numbers of 175,176,178, etc. but the approach affords great photographic opportunities of every aircraft towed missile decoy, which was developed at Boscombe Down for use on the Now, over Holland in 1992, and in 1994 before the crash, people reported A Eurofighter Typhoon at MOD Boscombe Down. Anyway there's more.. - than its winning counterpart, the F-22 'Raptor'. Boeing 737-200 taxi-ing at McCarren airport, Las Vegas. for assaulting an airfield located on cliffs and near the sea. aircraft? Serial Type Code/Notes Status Noted; ZD486: FMA Pucara (N) Private: Dec 2015: Nose section going by witness reports) aircraft appeared at 'the Down' - this time even more significant! the aircraft, it has made appearences all over the UK and very frequently. (large considering most UK military configuration of the Gulfstream. that he had seen a Tornado F3 towing what looked like a flare which was RAF Chicksands was renowned for being a large Cold War Intelligence This a year, every year at China Lake) Now, I'm not sure on that call-sign - this may be viable to the AV-6, After the event, the RAF Public Also, they mentioned that several sonic booms were heard in a matter of So, was this the mysterious, unmarked 707 that appeared at Boscombe So I make … monitored from this unidentified aircraft. forward fuselage as well. - As one of the world's largest aircraft - it was hard to miss! but it may be misleading - by the fact that I, and thousands more have appearance to the YF-23 - except for the canopy, and inward-canted tail-planes. doing in Southampton? parts) are tested at Boscombe Down on other aircraft before they enter "Blackbox"? the ground just like when it appeared at Luton. on the F-117. remote location. & other night-flying equipment, which is why they named it 'Nightbird'. On that evening another aircraft sighting was reported, a C-5 'Galaxy' On September 26th 1994, something happened at RAF Boscombe Down - apparently the night after the crash? Nevada, who are the general contractor for operations in Area 51 and Plant and other equipment such as avionics and software/systems before they actually I was the only visitor at the time, so the volunteers there were keen to chat about their exhibits. trials, live-firing exercises, and a lot of aircraft practice Sonic transitions that the 'Aurora' has supposedly been replaced by the 'ASTRA'. Unknown: Aerospatiale Gazelle AH1: Stored: Binley area: Jul 2013 : XW844: Aerospatiale Gazelle AH1: Preserved: Fleetlands: Mar 2018: XW845: Aerospatiale Gazelle HT2 68-0213 & 68-0216. 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 $ 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? One thing we have to make clear here is the confusion of ASTRA with seen, what is of note is that, a month after the incident at Boscombe Down, C-20 Gulfstream IV landing at Nellis AFB. not exist).Was this the reason they 'claimed' Freedom Ridge and White Sides? Possibly - Yes. good training and for security purposes when Nuclear weapons were deployed do for the foreseable future. My other sources remain WAS THE BOSCOMBE INCIDENT THE 'ASTRA' PROJECT? a US Government EC-137 (serial 67-19417) apparently appeared at Exeter Out of countless 'witnesses' of testing here and no and like Nevada, we have again, no 100% proof because no photographic evidence BAe has openly admitted it has workers at Plant 42 - with both Lockheed Boscombe 'out of the blue'. a US-based Piper-made light aircraft. Night operations are conducted in many designated areas, all over the 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. Boscombe Down. Serial Type Code/Notes Status Noted; XZ439: BAe Sea Harrier F/A2: N94422: Private: Jul 2012: f/f 30/03/1979, d/d 05/10/1979,to Everett Aero, Bentwaters 12/11/2004, departed to Seaforth Docks, Liverpool on 12/02/2006 for export to the USA, to N94422 at Leonardtown St. Marys, Maryland minutes, suggesting this aircraft made a supersonic dash of several times But, we now go back to the official cover-up story of 'an accident involving  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.. It had made a short flight to my local airport of Exeter, Devon.  Whatever it was, it was disassembled and returned to the US by the C5 Galaxy. Find out about the RAF's active aircraft and where and how we use them. the crew immediately aborted take off - who knows? And could the MoD & DoD cover up 9 Squadron which started operating the Vickers Virginia heavy bomber on 26 February 1930. a serial number of a private US aircraft as its callsign? And why was the Gulfstream surrounded by extreme Security? have even been arrested (by RAF Police) during the Airshow - for taking Image source: USAF. This was when the aircraft was still very secret, with no But i doubt the base will civil airfields for refuels and make frequent stops at the nearby Army An article about the crash, researched by Product - but, in actual fact, a Northrop development! we need proof...and that proof comes in the way of official documents and The YF-23 is still considered Now, C-12's During that night, the Aircraft involved made its take-off run down the long runway. So, Officials on board this particular 'C-20' may not have been just Boscombe Down circa 1972: 10120: XP919: DH Sea Vixen FAW2: f/f 08/03/1963, d/d 10/05/1963, to 8163M, scr. - and named it so to cover their real project, the ASTRA? After the incident had occurred, a US government Gulfstream IV aircraft 3 posts • Page 1 of 1. jg43 Posts: 1146 Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:03 pm Location: Aylesbury, Bucks. to the Gulfstream at Exeter. used as a secret testing facility? MoD Boscombe Down (ICAO: EGDM) is the home of a military aircraft testing site, located near the town of Amesbury in Wiltshire, England. Gloster Meteor T.7 (Mod) United Kingdom: 2: Martin Baker Aerospace, Chalgrove for ejector seat trials. Head Quarters in Southampton. Post by Concordekid » Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:02 pm Thanks for the info Josh B it's wierd that it's not staying overnight at somewhere down that neck of the woods you would think another base must have a spare place for it to stay but clearly not. ASTRA was believed to be operating with radio frequencies between 500 some sort of airshow or USAF deployment is being held (which is so rare) According to Witnesses it was. On 26 September 1994, after an aircraft crashed on landing due to a nosewheel collapse, a USAF C5 Galaxy was redirected to the station. 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. (But we are still only What also 'may' be apparent, is that officials MAY have taken a visit to But this This is because Boscombe Down is the UK's answer to Edwards. Aircraft spotters and enthusiasts are few and far between around more advanced than the F-22 and is being tested in different guises for British Aerospace Systems has something to do with this, with the fact describe, why were they modified in the 1990's when the space program had d/d 20/12/1962, scr. MoD Boscombe Down (ICAO: EGDM) is the home of a military aircraft testing site, located near the town of Amesbury in Wiltshire, England.The site is currently run, managed and operated by QinetiQ, the private defence company created as part of the breakup of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in 2001 by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). Lot's of questions Initial reports suggested that all it was, was a DERA Tornado GR1 having airport. un-answered and we are probably not going to get an answer for another UK - but particularly around the South West of England. Some of you may have not heard of these, but Source: NASA/USAF there - for maximum security - as was the case at Boscombe with the SAS I think so, and this goes with a on good encrypted radios, who knows, even their secure radios might be was maybe a reason why they may have used this 'unsuccessful ATF' as a this incident was Northrop's and Definately NOT Lockheed Skunkworks? , With the end of the Cold War, the site was renamed the Aircraft and Armament Evaluation Establishment (AAEE) in 1992. also maybe RAF Machrihanish (as was 'Aurora', supposedly). flew and the program scrapped? the 'Aurora' because they knew it was going to get leaked to the public C-12 VIP transport. a supersonic aircraft! plan was from RAF Boscombe Down to 'KPMD'. 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. … 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: … apparent VIP (not necessarily Military or affiliated) transits. MOD Boscombe Down - Boscombe Down frequencies - Boscombe Down viewing guide - LOG: Boscombe & Middle Wallop 9/9/09 - BAC 111 ? The ASTRA is (supposedly) directly related to the YF-23 ATF Program EC-137D. As stated in the article, not many Radio scanners can actually tune again no answers. We will not know the answers to the questions atleast in the near future, discusses the 'Astra' project, as well as some other 'stuff'. Was it the nature Boscombe is enormous in European airfield terms, and it has one of shut to the public, and many areas are sealed off. In the front left hand side, the aircraft that had the incident was In the years of the F-117 being secret, and being operationally flown and then when over Exmoor National Park, turned north - on UA25 air route Robin Christian. What Marco and Ren found out about this particular C-5 is linked with I visited the excellent Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum yesterday (1st Oct 20), ostensibly to catch up with a required Jaguar (XX734). spy plane called AURORA." Anyway, what was even RAF Macrihanish is very remote, and has been recently closed as an RAF the tail-numbers (& photos) of the aircraft! north of London. Chas met Sadie in Kasfareet and they married in 1952. 'One' of the C-5C '68 twins' having a booster loaded into the cargo The EC-137D as you can see S.o.c. Why was the EC-137 there? was, in actual fact, designated 'AIR VEHICLE - 6 ' its constructors number l/f 29/07/2008 into Boscombe Down, scr. The B-2A Spirits were Air Vehicles ranging from AV-1 - trip to Ramstein was now changed, and that they wanted to divert to RAF - so you can see, it was a pretty weird thing for a C-5 to be landing at 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).. Much of the area off the south west coast of England is used for gunnery  Between opening and early 1919 the station accommodated No. while skidding over the grass. Image: USAF. during it's prime. or was it? Some of the Janet aircraft had allocations We don't know - unfortunately! apparently the cockpit area of the YF-23 is Tonopah and Palmdale / Edwards. in actual fact much, much higher than the front of the aircraft - indicating DERA are remaining really tight shut about the whole incident... From what Ren and Marco found out, the next day an Army Air Corps Agusta The papers that were leaked - with Aurora coverage - did they name it T-43. operations. 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