Sunday, October 04, 2015

Shearwater Aviation Museum

Andy | Sunday, October 04, 2015 | Best Blogger Tips

Banshee, serial number 126402, is one of 39 Banshees purchased from the United States Navy. Banshee 126402 arrived at Shearwater in March 1957 and was flown by VF 870 Squadron from Shearwater and the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure . The Banshee was an all-weather fighter, which primarily provided air defence for the fleet. It was retired from the Navy in September 1962 and donated to the Shearwater Aviation Museum. This aircraft was displayed outdoors until 2000 where it deteriorated in the corrosive maritime weather. It was brought indoor and refurbished by volunteers from 12 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and is now on display, in pristine condition, in the museum's #2 hangar.

14 comments:

  1. Always impressive to watch an aircraft so close by, it looks very shiny.

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  2. Interesting to learn that it grew out of the development of the Phantom.

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  3. It looks like the mean sucker it is. Nice angle of view with this wide angle lens Andy.

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  4. You created a very interesting angle for this photo; thanks for the background info.

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  5. Good shot, Andy! Where is that place?

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  6. Novia Scotia! I can imagine that the weather outside would be tough on anything. Good for the volunteers for bringing it back to such tip top shape.

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  7. What a great plane and this photograph was taken with a great perspective.

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  8. It is a beauty. The Hartford-Springfield airport has an air museum nearby, but all of the planes are stuffed inside in ways that make it very hard to isolate specific planes to be photographed.

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  9. It's a beauty. I'm glad thy restored it.

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