TV959 at Avspecs, New Zealand

10th May 2011 - Avspecs

The fuselage of TV959 at Avspecs, Ardmore, New Zealand, following delivery for restoration work The fuselage of TV959 at Avspecs, Ardmore, New Zealand, following delivery for restoration work. Image courtesy of Peter Lewis. For a larger (1023x682, 430kb) version of this image, click here.
The fuselage of TV959 at Avspecs, Ardmore, New Zealand, following delivery for restoration work The fuselage of TV959 at Avspecs, Ardmore, New Zealand, following delivery for restoration work. Image courtesy of Peter Lewis. For a larger (1023x682, 311kb) version of this image, click here.
 

6th April 2003 - Imperial War Museum, Duxford

General view of TV959 and components, front of fuselage General view of TV959 and components, front of fuselage. For a larger (1779x1189, 275kb) version of this image, click here.
General view of TV959 and components, rear of fuselage General view of TV959 and components, rear of fuselage. For a larger (1783x1187, 271kb) version of this image, click here.
TV959 and components, rear fuselage closeup TV959 and components, rear fuselage close-up. For a larger (1783x1189, 254kb) version of this image, click here.
TV959 nacelles TV959 nacelles. For a larger (1781x1187, 216kb) version of this image, click here.
TV959 flap assemblies TV959 flap assemblies. For a larger (1779x1187, 220kb) version of this image, click here.
TV959 fuselage and components TV959 fuselage and components. For a larger (1783x1187, 292kb) version of this image, click here.
TV959 components. Note leading edge radiators TV959 components. Note leading edge radiators. For a larger (1779x1187, 300kb) version of this image, click here.
TV959 fuselage, tailplane and components TV959 fuselage, tailplane and components. For a larger (1781x1187, 276kb) version of this image, click here.
TV959 fuselage, main undercarriage units and other components TV959 fuselage, main undercarriage units and other components. For a larger (1783x1187, 294kb) version of this image, click here.
TV959 fuselage, tailplane and components TV959 fuselage, tailplane and components. For a larger (1779x1187, 243kb) version of this image, click here.
General view of TV959 and components General view of TV959 and components. For a larger (1785x1185, 244kb) version of this image, click here.
 

March 2003

TV959 being readied for shipping TV959 being readied for shipping. Image courtesy of Martin Claydon.
TV959 being readied for shipping, nose close-up TV959 being readied for shipping, nose close-up. Image courtesy of Martin Claydon.
TV959 being readied for shipping, nose close-up TV959 being readied for shipping, nose close-up. Image courtesy of Martin Claydon.
TV959 being readied for shipping, note other items from the airframe arrayed in front of the fuselage TV959 being readied for shipping, note other items from the airframe arrayed in front of the fuselage. Image courtesy of Martin Claydon.
TV959 being readied for shipping, note other items from the airframe arrayed in front of the fuselage TV959 being readied for shipping, note other items from the airframe arrayed in front of the fuselage. Image courtesy of Rob Leigh.
TV959 being readied for shipping, nose close-up showing starboard side TV959 being readied for shipping, nose close-up showing starboard side. Image courtesy of Rob Leigh.
TV959 being readied for shipping, nose close-up showing port side TV959 being readied for shipping, nose close-up showing port side. Image courtesy of Rob Leigh.
TV959 being readied for shipping, wing detail TV959 being readied for shipping, wing detail. Image courtesy of Rob Leigh.
 

13th July 2002

General view of the wing of TV959 unobstructed by other items General view of the wing of TV959 unobstructed by other items. Note that this image was produced from a very dark digital image, so the quality is not terribly good.
General view of the wing of TV959 unobstructed by other items General view of the wing of TV959 unobstructed by other items. For a larger (1712x1368, 551kb) version of this image, click here. Note that this image was taken in low light conditions and suffers from slight blurring.
 

2002

General view showing the wing of TV959. Wing is arranged leading edge downwards, upper surface showing.
Lower wing surface showing rear end of the cut just inboard of the starboard engine.
Leading edge of wing.
Close-up of wing attachment points.
Plan view showing approximate location of the cut to the wing of TV959.

 

TV959 History

NOTE: Rumours have recently abounded regarding TV959's future. the current thinking is that she might well be staying in the UK, and may even be in the process of being prepared for restoration! As usual, should you have any further information about TV959's future, could you please let me know?

T.III TV959 was built at Leavesdon in 1945 and delivered to 13 OTU at Middleton St George on 29th August 1945 coded KQ-G.

The aircraft then had a varied career, going to No. 266 Squadron on 31st October 1946, 54 OTU at Eastmore on 24th April 1947 and 228 OCU at Leeming on 17th May 1947. Here it remained until being delivered to 22 MU at Silloth on 20th september 1950 for maintenance and storage.

TV959 was then issued to 204 Advanced Flying School on 15th July 1951, where it received some damage which was repaired by Brooklands Avaition Ltd at Sywell following which it went into storage again at 27 MU at Shawbury on 6th February 1952 until 15th May 1952 when it was issued to the Home Command Examination Unit (HCEU) at White Waltham.

After periods at 49 MU from 20th August 1953 and 27 MU from 16th November 1964, it returned to HCEU at White Waltham on 16th December 1955. After a short period with the HQ's Fighter Command Communications Squadron, its final service duties were with 3 CAACU at Exeter coded 'Y' from 30th April 1959, until it was struck off charge on 31st May 1963.

Lent to Film Aviation Services, TV959 was used for the cockpit and ground sequences of 633 Squadron at Bovingdon where it was coded HT-P and given the serial MM398. Following completion of filming, TV959 was allocated to the Imperial War Museum for preservation.

In order to fit it into the restricted space at South Lambeth, the starboard wing inboard of the engine was sawn off, but retained and the aircraft was suspended from the ceiling. In recent years the aircraft has been moved to Duxford where it is in storage with The Fighter Collection whose long-term plan is to return it to flying condition.

NOTE: TV959 is now owned by The Flying Heritage Collection, however the aircraft is believed to still be within the UK. As usual, should you have any further information about TV959's future, could you please let me know?