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Doncaster Airport

Postby Minty4371 » Wed Jul 13, 2022 4:00 pm

Saw this on Facebook earlier this afternoon (13 July 2022).
https://headforpoints.com/2022/07/13/do ... AvkpVgAwfs
No word on what will happen to XH558.
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Re: Doncaster Airport

Postby Spitfire » Wed Jul 13, 2022 11:44 pm

And the lord said - 'you'll end up getting stuffed!'

AND LO ... it came to pass :-o

You just couldnt make it up ... all that .... for nothing ;)
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Re: Doncaster Airport

Postby Sooty655 » Thu Jul 14, 2022 8:28 am

Certainly doesn't look good. Peel Holdings have a reputation to maintain when it comes to not letting sentiment affect the bottom line.
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Re: Doncaster Airport

Postby Spitfire » Thu Jul 14, 2022 1:56 pm

From the limited info released so far it seems VTTS are hoping for access to a minor corner in perpetuity for £2500 per person customer visits :p ;)
There'll be no access for taxy runs (not that they ever have anyway ;) ) and I'll bet there'll not be much ability to run engines on the corner of an industrial estate - so a silent hulk wasting away ... no surprise there either ...
Such a shame ....he said :(

I have to say - and freely admit that I was very wrong :ymblushing: - that Bruntingthorpe should have been the final home ....
But to see this go down too shows how the conservation of old and Iconic Aircraft is a dying art when there's profit and greed about :(
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Re: Doncaster Airport

Postby Sooty655 » Thu Jul 14, 2022 5:06 pm

No matter how much they (over) charge, VTTS will never be able to pay Peel more than they could get from someone else, and Peel don't do sentiment. VTTS have already lost two hangars that way. You'd think they'd have learned by now. :-? :-? :-?
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Re: Doncaster Airport

Postby Minty4371 » Mon Aug 15, 2022 9:54 pm

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Re: Doncaster Airport

Postby Sooty655 » Tue Aug 16, 2022 8:49 am

I can't see anyone actually wanting the old girl at their museum due to all the HLF/VTTS terms and conditions.
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Re: Doncaster Airport

Postby Spitfire » Mon Sep 26, 2022 11:42 pm

Well what do you know .. Peel are going ahead with closure despite possible rescue bids ;) Winding down come October.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-63033676

Its always the same in these cases .. the greed of the huge cheque books vieing for the land for 'development' lures these sharks every time :(

I see the Vulcan that shall not be named has 'options' for movement to another site and they are even asking CAA about the possibility of a 'short' relocation flight...
So they have an iron in the fire somewhere nearby Doncaster it seems...

But I dont believe a word they say and the chances of them raising funds to move it are remote as they couldn't even raise money for a hangar.

Its all the same at Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre down here in Cornwall ... Cornwall Council foreclosing on them as they need the land for important 'redevelopment' (BIG MONEY!) so a lot of the precious airframes there will be lost :( How will they move a VC10 or a BAC 111 etc etc
https://cornwallaviationhc.co.uk/
https://www.change.org/p/save-cornwall-aviation-heritage-centre



20000 signatures and still Cornwall Council are unmoved .. it will close end of October it seems.
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Re: Doncaster Airport

Postby Minty4371 » Fri Oct 28, 2022 10:31 pm

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Re: Doncaster Airport

Postby Mayfly » Sat Oct 29, 2022 7:39 am

I had no idea they had bought a 2nd Canberra.

Shame about 558 but I'm not surprised...

...and I'll leave it there.
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Re: Doncaster Airport

Postby Dougs » Sat Oct 29, 2022 9:10 am

Sad but inevitably I feel 558 is headed for a gas axe. It was always a very poor idea to try and fund a education center at that scale and cost, but then this seems to be happening to lots of old aircraft. Brunty, wellesborne, Cornwall,Coventry and Doncaster have all seen issues in the last few years.
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