RNAS Predannack on the Lizard in Cornwall is home to a number of retired aircraft and helicopters used for crash, rescue and fire training by the Royal Naval School of Flight Deck Operations.
I have visited this airfield on a number of occasions in the past when it was used as a special stage on the Tour of Cornwall car rally and went to have another look during my recent visit to the county.
It was very interesting to look round these faded hulks as I used to make parts for both the Sea King and Harrier in the 1980s.
All images made with a FujiFilm X-T1 camera and a XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS lens.
XS738, a HS125 Dominie T1 that first flew in 1966 and came to Predannack in 2007.
Tail of XS738, HS125 Dominie T1.
English Electric Canberra B(I)6 WT308 formerly of the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. First flown in 1955 this 3 seater has been at Predannack since 1992.
The faded ‘raspberry ripple’ colour scheme of Canberra B(I)6 WT308.
The ‘coal hole’ of EE Canberra B(I)6 WT308. So called because the navigator and ‘bombardier’ who sat in the rear seats had to make do with tiny windows in the escape hatch above their seats while the pilot had his own glass canopy and ejector seat.
Westland Sea King HAS.5 XV654 of 1969 vintage. This helicopter saw action in the 1982 Falklands conflict including evacuating troops from the burning supply ship RFA Sir Galahad. It was withdrawn in 1993 after the tail rotor failed at RNAS Prestwick in Scotland and the Sea King fell 30 feet to the ground, arriving at Predannack from nearby RNAS Culdrose in 2014.
Westland Sea King HAS.5 XV654, Royal Naval School of Flight Deck Operations.
Maker’s plates on Westland Sea King HAS.5 XV654.
Former Royal Air Force Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XZ969 was first flown in 1980 and despite being at Predannack since 2003 it is still largely complete.
The tail of HS Harrier GR.3 VTOL ‘jump jet’ XZ969.
The huge air intake of the Rolls-Royce Pegasus turbofan jet engine on Harrier GR.3 XZ969.
1985 British Aerospace Sea Harrier F/A.2 ZD581 flew until 2005 arriving at Predannack in 2009.
XX845, a sorry looking 2 seat SEPECAT Jaguar T.4 that had a 30 year RAF career before being retired in 2005. It has been at Predannack since 2009.
Westland Sea King HAS.5 XS570, first flown in 1967 it was retired in 2001 and came to Predannack in 2008.
The interior of Sea King HAS.5 XS570 complete with a wellie!
A pair of Westland Wessex’s (Wessii?!) , nearest the camera is XP137 a HAS.3 variant from 1962 and beyond it is XS520 a HU.5 that first flew in 1964.
Burnt magnesium fuselage skin of Westland Wessex HAS.3 XP137.
Torpedo at RNAS Predannack.