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"Ray Down lives in Somerset and used to work as a fitter on Hunters for Airwork at RNAS Yeovilton from 1972 to 1983.
He has sent me these excellent photos of FRADU and other interesting aircraft to put on this site."

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Eight GA.11's parked on the RNAS Yeovilton apron. A line up of T.8C's in March 1981 at Yeovilton

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Inside one of the FRADU hangars during 1981. An Avon 122 engine recently pulled from a Hunter T.8C.

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GA.11 WT804 is the subject of a fire drill. GA.11 XE682 awaits its next sortie.

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How much damage can a birstrike do to an aircraft? This was inflicted on GA.11 XE682/835 and it ended its flying career.

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Two shots of GA.11 WV256 on the FRADU dispersal at Yeovilton

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T.7 XF310 fresh from delivery to FRADU, uncoded and in RAF colours. T.8C WT799 on the ground at VLN.

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T.8C WT799 airborne from Yeovilton. GA.11 XE707 about to get airborne from RAF Leeming.

Ray sits on the tail of a FRADU GA.11.

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T.8C XF985 coming in to land The third T.8M XL580 at Yeovilton

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GA.11 XE685 carrying a rocket pack. XE689 undergoing preparation for flight

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Canberra TT.18 at VL in Sept 81. Canberra TT.18 WJ614 coming in to land.

A T.22 Canberra at Yeovilton in Sept 81.

Before... After...
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A German Marine F-104 Starfighter pictured before and after the aircraft crashed at Yeovilton's Air Day 1979.The pilot was unfortunately killed.

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Ray Down lent all images shown above to myself.
If you wish to use these photos on another web-site you must first get his permission.

Mark Russell, 1998-2020