General Aviation

Published on November 12th, 2016 | by Alan Dwyer

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Classic Air Force Pembroke visits Weston

Certainly the star visitor to Weston this year is that of a Percival Pembroke C.1 XL954. It arrived on Thursday 10 November in the bright afternoon sun with a single crew on board. The visit of the aircraft comes just a few weeks after the aircraft took to the air again following a major overhaul/refit which cost in excess of GBP£100,000. This Pembroke had not flown in over 10 years so to see it looking like it just came out of the factory is certainly a treat for anyone with an interest in aviation.

This aircraft is currently listed for sale for just over €54,000 and details can be viewed here.

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The Percival Pembroke XL954 (G-BXES) in the sun at Weston

It entered service with the Royal Air Force as the Percival Pembroke C.1 in 1953 to replace the Avro Anson for light transport duties. As with other RAF transports, the passenger seats are rearward-facing for improved safety. This Pembroke currently has eight rearward-facing seats on board but the aircraft permit does not allow this amount of passengers to be carried.

During its service with the RAF Transport Command this Pembroke was based at RAF Wildenrath in West Germany during the 1960-70’s. Some Pembroke aircraft were used for photographic reconnaissance over East Germany during the Cold War era too.

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