SOME OF BARRY STEVEN'S FRADU COLLECTION
 
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"Barry Stevens was the Engineering Manager for the FRADU at Yeovilton from 1983 through to 1987.
He sent me through the following photos for inclusion on the FRADU Hunters site"


THE FRU AND ADTU DAYS...
 
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[ Barry Stevens]
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[ via Barry Stevens]
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[ via Barry Stevens]
Pictures (1), (2) & (3) show 3 aircraft that were in service with the ADTU at Yeovilton during the 1960's.
All were taken in 1963 and show the Sea Venom, Scimitar and a Hunter operated by Yeovilton's Station Flight.


THE FRADU HUNTER OF THE 70's...
 
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[ unknown]
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[ Barry Stevens]
(4) A rare photo of one of the early GA.11's serial wise, WT711.
Coded '837' in FRADU service this aircraft spent time with the School of Aircraft Handling at RNAS Culdrose after retirement from flying. For further information on this aeroplane, click here.
(5) Here you get a good view of the Harley light in the nose with WT722 showing its off to Barry's camera.
This aircraft is one of the oldest Hunters left in the world, for further info on the aeroplane click here.


A FRADU PILOT CAUGHT IN THE COCKPIT...
 
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[ Barry Stevens]
(6) This image shows FRADU Hunter pilot Ted Clowes posing for Barry's camera, with 'Pedlar' Palmer strapping into GA.11 XE707. Unfortunately Ted was killed when the Hunter he was flying crashed in October 1984.


INSIDE HANGAR 13 AT YEOVILTON
 
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[ Barry Stevens]
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[ Barry Stevens]
(7) A hangar full of FRADU Hunters taken at Yeovilton in 1985. Nearest the camera to the left is T.8C XE665, with GA.11 XE668/832 pictured behind. On the right hand side is T.8C WV396/871 with another T.8C XF985/873 behind. At the back is one of the 899 Sqn T.8M's.
(8) The Rolls Royce Avon 122, power plant of the Hunter and one GA.11 in particular.


ONE OF WT806'S ADMIRERS...
 
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[ Pilot Pals]
(9) No words needed for this pic other then it was used in a "aircraft" calendar :)


HUNTER 1, FIRING...
 
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[ Royal Navy]
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[ Royal Navy]
(10) and (11) show the pilot of GA.11 XE685/861 firing live rockets at Tain Range in Scotland in 1984.
The FRADU Hunters were almost always fitted without armament so seeing them carrying let alone firing live ammunition was very rare.


THE FRADU TEAM - 1984
 
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[ Barry Stevens]
(12) The FRADU team that were on detachment in Norway during 1984 were lined up beside GA.11 XE707/865 for Barry's camera. Included in the photo is Brian Grant (standing third from right), who currently holds the record for highest number of hours on type - over 8000 hrs :)

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All these photographs that appear on this page are Barry Stevens unless stated otherwise.
If you wish to use these photos for anything other then personal use you must first get his permission.

Mark Russell, 1998-2015