Avro 19 Anson 2

Anson G-AGPG

G-AGPG – c/n 1212

With the H.A.M from May 1972 to May 1983*

Somewhat endearingly referred to as ‘Aggy Paggy’ by those who regularly flew in her while she was with A.V. Roe and Skyways, she was subsequently purchased by EKCO Electronics as a replacement for Anson G-ALIH, after which she was put to work at Southend from where she would continue testing weather radars, hence the rather bulbous extremity which had been fitted by Aviation Traders to accommodate this equipment in the nose of the aircraft. By 1971, she had become one of three Ansons to end up in the hands of the museum (along with G-AVHU which later went to SEN’s fire service and G-AVVO which was passed on to Newark) and as such, Papa Golf would be the only one of the three to eventually go on display there.

At the time, PG was still in excellent condition and it was hoped that a place at the H.A.M. would more or less ensure her well deserved, long-term preservation, especially being that she was the only aircraft with any real connection to the airport (with the exception of the former Channel Airways Viscount G-AHVE, the nose of which had been preserved here too). Another historical note of interest which should have gone some way towards ensuring her survival was the fact that she was the very first civilian Anson to be built by Avro. However, fate would determine otherwise and she was left to languish outside for more than 10 years. Indeed, when the museum finally closed its doors in 1983, this aircraft had become a pale shadow of her former self, even if she was still in a relatively sound condition.

G-AGPG Anson

Then, two months later came the museum auction during which time she was sold to Phillippe Denis, a Frenchman who had intended to return her to his country and restore her to her former glory. But, with the museum now closed and unguarded, the remaining aircraft had effectively been left to the mercy of the weather and roving hooligans, the latter of which broke into the compound one night and vandalised Papa Golf’s canvas coverings. As a result of such wanton destruction, the aircraft structure was now exposed to the elements which subsequently penetrated her interior and further accelerated the damage to her airframe and as a result of this incident, the deal eventually fell through.

Unfortunately, she would then sit at the former H.A.M. site both forlorn and unloved for almost another year before finally being removed by the British Air Reserve who quickly passed her on to Brenzett Aircraft Museum where she was stored and protected from the worst of the weather in a dismantled condition for more than a decade. However, an in-depth assessment of her condition carried out in 1996 revealed that she was beyond the scope of a complete restoration unless someone with exceedingly deep pockets was willing to step forward to finance her salvation and as such, she moved through the hands of several aviation societies before ending up with Richard Park who finally took the decision to break her for parts for other Anson projects. The forward fuselage however, ended up in the hands of Mike Davey who has beautifully restored it and placed it upon a purpose built trailer that he often takes to aircraft shows and aviation events around the country.



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