Martlet / Wildcat AL251

Beinn Bheula, Lochgoilhead, Argyll

 
     
 
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RN Grumman Martlet wreckage on Beinn Bheula

 

(Wings and Cockpit sections)

 


 

BELOW: A waymarker post en route to Beinn Bheula.

 

This photo was taken in dry conditions. However, during the time spent on the hills, intermittent torrential rain, mist, and condensation affected the clarity of one or two of the photos taken later.

 

waymarker post en route to beinn bheula

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Getting closer to Beinn Bheula.

 

This hill is easy......

 

getting closer to beinn bheula

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: ......easy, that is, until you need to cross raging torrents!!!

 

Let's hope these stones are not too slippery!

 

crossing the stream

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Arrived at last at the crash site!

 

Martlet wing section showing very faded Royal Navy / Fleet Air Arm roundel.

 

martlet wing section with faded rn roundel

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Part of the main wing.

 

part of main wing

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Part of the above wing section supported in an upright position.

 

(Many thanks to Ben for making it possible for his Dad to take photos from angles or positions that need an extra pair of hands.)

 

larger wing section from grumman martlet

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the upright wing section.

 

another view of the upright wing section

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The reverse side of the main wing.

 

reverse side of main wing

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Wing frame joint.

 

Most of these Martlet aircraft were designed with upward folding wings for storing below deck on aircraft carriers. Therefore, it may be possible to see the folding wing joints in some of these photos.

 

wing frame end

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 

 

 

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BELOW: Another, larger, section of the remaining wreckage.

 

another section of wreckage

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Close-up of part of the above photo nearest the ground.

 

close-up of part of the above photo nearest the ground

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Like most of the aircraft wrecks on the hills, this aircraft has had substantial amounts of graffiti applied. However, if nothing else, this graffiti gives some indication of the visitors to the crash sites and the dates of their visits.

 

graffiti on wing

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another example of graffiti. As can be seen here, one of these examples dates back to 1960and there may be even earlier dates on the airframe.

 

another example of graffiti

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Armour plated cockpit section (rear).

 

another view of the armour plated cockpit section 

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the armour plated cockpit section.

 

another view of the cockpit section

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Ben demonstrates the approximate position in use of the rear cockpit section.

 

cockpit section (rear) showing position in use

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 

 


 

 

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