Thunder & Lightnings

Supermarine Scimitar

Survivor WT859

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WT859 - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire

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Type 544 WT859 at Long Marston, 23rd March 2002; Barry Clay

Hiding under these covers are the last remains of any of the Scimitar prototypes - the cockpit section of WT859. Having spent many a year on a fire dump, the fuselage was the only surviving part of the aircraft and was in the process of being scrapped at Foulness in 1991 when it was recognised for what it was and the nose section saved, though it is quite damaged. The Brooklands Museum acquired it and hoped to restore it to display condition - but it just sat there for several years, untouched and being battered by the weather. Then it moved on to the JAPG at Long Marston for some further neglect and finally has ended up at Boscombe Down - some care and attention at long last!

Information on this page current as of 12/06/2012

Find other photos of WT859 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net