I have been asked on several occasions about an aircraft wheel in Glen Feshie in the Cairngorms. There are no nearby recorded aircraft crashes that I am aware of, can you shed a light on it?
The Cairngorm Guru my old pal Ray Sefton says
“Wheel in Glen Feshie.
I have also seen that wheel, it has been there for
many years. I am not aware of a crash in that area. There used to be a
wheel from a Halifax bomber near Loch Ericht when I first started on the
hill( early 1950’s) . After the war when many aircraft were broken up I am told wheels like
this were used on trailers in forestry operations and I suspect the wheel
you saw was one of these. ”
The aircraft crashes in the Cairngorms are many and I have visited most and many still have considerable wreckage about and are worth a visit. I have written about many of them in this blog in the past.
I always thought that wheel that was down at the road on the entrance to Ben Alder Estate when I joined RAF MRT in 1972 was from the Wellington that crashed near Ben Alder Geal Chars in Dec 1942 ?
Alan Clark – Aug 2016
It’s definitely from a Halifax, the stub of the axle protruding from the wheel is the same as that on Cronk ny Arrey Laa on the Isle of Man at the crash site of G-AJNZ. This one still has the clamping piece which bolted to the oleo stuck to the axle. The wheel itself seems to be common to the larger aircraft of the period (Halifax & Lancaster) and it is a treadless (I believe) summer only tyre. I’d be going with a surplus item used to haul trees until it probably seized up and was left to rot.
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