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There must be an instruction book somewhere


Britannia Charlie Foxtrot

The airliner sits in bits, like a giant Airfix kit, with just a massive tube of glue missing, on the apron of the old Speke Airport, a few hundred yards from the hangar which was once its home (now the David Lloyd Racquet and Fitness Club).

Charlie Foxtrot is a Bristol Type 175 Britannia Aircraft, registration letters G-ANCF, one of only four in existence. This has been in this dis-assembled state for about twenty years and it is hoped that it can be re-assembled by the end of 2008. Work is being carried out by members of the Jetstream Club and their supporters.

The picture of the old control tower yesterday was framed through one of the windows above the wing root.

There must be an instruction book somewhere


Britannia Charlie Foxtrot

The airliner sits in bits, like a giant Airfix kit, with just a massive tube of glue missing, on the apron of the old Speke Airport, a few hundred yards from the hangar which was once its home (now the David Lloyd Racquet and Fitness Club).

Charlie Foxtrot is a Bristol Type 175 Britannia Aircraft, registration letters G-ANCF, one of only four in existence. This has been in this dis-assembled state for about twenty years and it is hoped that it can be re-assembled by the end of 2008. Work is being carried out by members of the Jetstream Club and their supporters.

The picture of the old control tower yesterday was framed through one of the windows above the wing root.

comments (13)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2008, 01:59
Most fascinating, Les! I've never seen or heard anything like this.
Les Auld: There are some strange hobbies over here Ginnie, thanks for the comment.
Impressive military plane and so is the sky !
Les Auld: Plane by Bristol and sky by nature, a fine combination, thanks for the comment Florence.
It used to be possible to get little plastic toys to assemble in the bottom of cornflake packets. This should be easy to put back together! ... er maybe. richard
Les Auld: I remember them Richard, my favourite was the plastic submarine that you put baking powder in a hole underneath it to make it sink. Thanks for the comment.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Feb 2008, 08:27
Great title! It does look rather forlorn. Love the sky.
Ingrid
Les Auld: It can only get better, I hope. Thanks for the comment Ingrid.
Very impressive shot. Looks dramatic with this sky!
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, appreciate the comment.
This is a bull's eye hit, I pressed the "random photoblog" button and this is what I saw, fascinating view! I hope the goal can be achieved in 2008, and they'll find their booklet soon. Otherwise, it must be somewhere on the Internet smile
Les Auld: Glad you like it Erik, thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Feb 2008, 10:54
Yesterday's control tower is a great picture. This one is a great subject. Somehow it reminds me of the Lockheed Tristar with a missing tail. Let's hope they can get it airworthy again.

BTW. the clouds in this picture are special.
Les Auld: I doubt if they can get it to fly in the near future, I suspect that all they can hope for is a static exhibit. Thanks Louis.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 4 Feb 2008, 11:15
The new cut and shut method!!
Nice shot Les|smile
Les Auld: Thanks Tracy, they do look like they are from different planes but I am assured they are not.
Remind me never to fly on this one!
Les Auld: Chance would be a fine thing Ian, thanks for the comment.
Leaving aside my smug feeling of getting it right! Be good to see it rebuilt and see the after picture.
Les Auld: Maybe later in the year Bill. thanks for the comment.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 4 Feb 2008, 16:43
Aye...it looks kinda sad doesn't it :-(
Les Auld: As of now, yes, but if we wait for a while it may look better. Thanks for the comment Dave.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 4 Feb 2008, 17:54
Do you think you would fly in this after having seen that ?
Les Auld: As long as I could see the certificates of airworthiness Ann, would be quite an adventure.
I don't like flying but I would go in this one and imagine it had been stuck back together, otherwise no thanks. Good shot Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, appreciate the comment.

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