The Dakota in Aldershot

#1
Sad to see that it's dismantling is now in full swing and it will only be a few weeks before it departs Browning Barracks.
Shame really as it's been part of the landscape for over 50 years. Apparently getting restored and taking to Colchester. Wonder how many people have photos of it on their wall?
Will try and get a pic of it later this week.

Farewell old Dak!
 
#3
Shame. I imagine The 'Shot is pretty quiet these days. I wonder if the locals miss us :wink:

Where is the museum nowadays ? Has it decamped to Duxford and is the SF museum with it ?

D_B
 
#4
dogs_bollox said:
Shame. I imagine The 'Shot is pretty quiet these days. I wonder if the locals miss us :wink:

Where is the museum nowadays ? Has it decamped to Duxford and is the SF museum with it ?

D_B
They do. You've only got to speak to the locals to confirm that. The museum is now at Duxford.

Looking at Filberts pic you wouldn't believe it to see it now.
 
#5
jack-daniels said:
Sad to see that it's dismantling is now in full swing and it will only be a few weeks before it departs Browning Barracks.
Shame really as it's been part of the landscape for over 50 years. Apparently getting restored and taking to Colchester. Wonder how many people have photos of it on their wall?
Will try and get a pic of it later this week.

Farewell old Dak!
I can reassure you it will take pride of place in Merville Bks once a bit of tarting up has taken place
 
#7
jack-daniels said:
dogs_bollox said:
Shame. I imagine The 'Shot is pretty quiet these days. I wonder if the locals miss us :wink:

Where is the museum nowadays ? Has it decamped to Duxford and is the SF museum with it ?

D_B
They do. You've only got to speak to the locals to confirm that. The museum is now at Duxford.

Looking at Filberts pic you wouldn't believe it to see it now.
No more posing pics in November then Jack :wink:
 
#8
Very sad. Having not been in the 'shot for many a while, are there still the signs on the various approaches to remind the public that it is (or is it was) "The Home of the British Army"?
 
#10
I was born (Louise Margaret Hospital!) and grew up in Aldershot and will genuinely miss the old kite. Is there any plans to put anything in it's place? May I be the first to suggest a statue of me, glorifying the blood, sweat and tears of the 7.2 years I have selflessly dedicated to Her Majesty. Unless anyone has any more worthy suggestions?
 
#11
Almost_Ex said:
I grew up in Aldershot and will genuinely miss the old kite. Is there any plans to put anything in it's place? May I be the first to suggest a statue of me, glorifying the blood, sweat and tears of the 7.2 years I have selflessly dedicated to Her Majesty. Unless anyone has any more worthy suggestions?
The Council were on about putting some memorial there but I imagine that when all the houses are built on the site it will be trashed.
 
#12
Over4MeNow said:
Very sad. Having not been in the 'shot for many a while, are there still the signs on the various approaches to remind the public that it is (or is it was) "The Home of the British Army"?
There is still the sign you mention.
Aldershot is going through some major redevelopment work at the moment. And not before time.... let's face it, it's a dump!

The police station and surgery/health centre are going to be knocked down and some sort of new shopping plaza to be built. Montgomery lines are to be demolished to make way for housing I'm led to believe.

In the current climate Im unsure if the works are put on hold?
 
#15
Over4MeNow said:
Very sad. Having not been in the 'shot for many a while, are there still the signs on the various approaches to remind the public that it is (or is it was) "The Home of the British Army"?
They're still there but are looking pretty shabby now - the last one I saw was turning a nice shade of rust.

Re the Dakota - gutted. Airbourne Forces museum was the first military museum I visited as a kid and Aldershot won't be the same.
 
#16
I have only been to the Para Depot once, 1978 for the Aldershot Display. I was a Junior Leader, Guards Division at the time and they housed us there for a few days. I'll be honest I was cacking myself among those guys. Most looked like they would like to kill me and the rest looked like they were waiting to dance on my remains once the first lot were finished. We were with a PTI and he advised us to take off our JL berets and keep them off for the duration of our stay.

Gave me a healthy respect for the Paras which has not diminished over the years!
 
#18
px4llp said:
I wonder if they will find an underground lake filled with 24 years of human sweat when they do dig the old place up....
I hope my finger prints have worn off that bin of home brew hidden behind the wall in my old block 8)
 
#19
My father was a pilot of that plane, when it was placed in front of the Officers Mess there were many claims about its history with relevance to the Parachute Regiment. My father has the Log Books, and remembers collecting the plane from the US after the war, subsequently the aircraft was fitted out as a VIP transport aircraft, allocated to Northolt and used to transport top brass around the country and Europe.
 
#20
wild_moose said:
Over4MeNow said:
Very sad. Having not been in the 'shot for many a while, are there still the signs on the various approaches to remind the public that it is (or is it was) "The Home of the British Army"?
They're still there but are looking pretty shabby now - the last one I saw was turning a nice shade of rust.

Re the Dakota - gutted. Airbourne Forces museum was the first military museum I visited as a kid and Aldershot won't be the same.
Still there but with a little addition!!
 

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