RAF Neptune fates
A couple of images have come to hand of mothballed Lockheed Neptunes at 22 MU, Silloth. I had understood they were sent back to the US once Shackletons came on line so perhaps these are in temporary storage. Can anyone confirm that they were indeed returned to the US? One un-mothballed aircraft is coded 'H-A'.
53 Neptunes MR.1's were delivered some were written off in accidents(6), WX510 crashed at sea to the west of Barra, WX511 crashed at Kinloss, WX545 crashed on the Mull of Kintyre and is still there to this day some 600m from the Chinook crash site. A quick look at the AB serials shows that most were either struck off charge (12) or sold as scrap(13 on the 14-11-1958) with the remainder being returned to the USAF for use by the Brazilian Air Force(14) or the Argentine navy (8). I would assume that the aircraft struck off charge would be scrapped as well.
Sure I have seen photo's of RAF Neptune's in a scrapyard over on Key Publishing Historic forum under "scrapyard photo's".
International Alloys, Aylesbury
2/3rds down the page photo has 4 Neptunes ex Silloth although I can't see them for all the other scrap.
Last edited by AL90; 17th July 2011 at 16:44.
Thanks, Alan. Question answered! They are surreal looking photos with widely-spaced Neptunes sitting amongst freshly-baled hay on a flat landscape.
If you are giong to follow Alan's trail of those returned to the USA it might be significant that Maritime Recce was the responsibility of the US Navy and not the USAF, and the Neptunes could have come to the RAF from a former USN procurement and gone back by the reverse route.
RAF Neptune fates
Those that went to Argentina were:
WX502 (0408) ; WX512 (0409); WX513 (0410); WX516 (0413);
WX522 (0414); WX524 (0415); WX527 (0411); WX549 (0412).
And to Brazil were:
WX505; WX509; WX515; WX519; WX521; WX523;WX525;
WX529; WX543; WX544; WX548; WX553; WX555; WX556.
ref:AB's "RAF Aircraft WA100 to WZ999"
A bit more on the RAF Neptunes can be found at Joe Baugher's excelent site.
The USAF serials for the RAF Neptunes start at 51-15914.
The site below is dedicated to Neptunes and has information on the Ex. RAF examples.
Last edited by AL90; 18th July 2011 at 09:56.
NTK RAF Neptunes. These two articles will tell you mostly everything, from procurement, usage and disposal, of the 52 Neptunes supplied to the RAF:
The Lockheed Neptune in R.A.F. Service
by Peter J. Howard.
Air Pictorial. August,1972 (Part 1) pp.284-89 & 294.
Air Pictorial. September,1972 (Part 2) pp.356-60
DISPOSAL- The RAF Neptune.
By Phil Chinnery.
FlyPast. March,1986 (No.56). pp.24-8.
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Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 18th July 2011 at 10:24.