We have encountered a few minor issues with visitors turning up at the museum to see a particular aircraft, only to find that it is being worked on by the museum members/volunteers. We recognise that this can be disappointing so we have decided to add this page to our website to give an up to date situation report on the wide range of active restoration and repainting projects that are underway at the museum.
As we carry out a significant part of this work outside, we are at the mercy of the UK weather and this can mean that some projects can take quite a while to complete. So we are sorry if a particular aircraft that you want to see is on the list, but we hope that you will understand that we do have to undertake this work as and when conditions allow.
The nature of some of this work can also mean that steps and access platforms can be located alongside the aircraft, which can disrupt photography opportunities. At other times cleaning work may also be taking place on an exhibit, but our volunteers will normally move away to allow you to get that photograph.
Of course you could also help us to speed up this process by considering the possibility of becoming a museum member and helping with these important projects; please send an email via this weblink to register your interest
Major Restoration Projects Currently Underway
Auster AOP.9 (awaiting fuselage fabric)
Avro Shackleton MR.3 – WR977 (internal repainting of bomb-bay)
Avro Vulcan B.2 – XM594 (elevon repairs & airframe survey)
Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 – XN964 (full de-corrosion & repaint)
Blue Steel missile (repaint)
de Havilland Heron 1B – G-ANXB (repaint)
de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 – XJ560 (full de-corrosion & repaint)
English Electric Canberra T.17 (cockpit) – WH863 (de-corrosion & repaint)
General Aircraft Monospar ST.12 – VH-UTH (complete rebuild)
Hawker Hunter T.7 – XX467 (reassembly & repaint)
Lockheed TriStar simulator (reassembly)
Mooney M20.A – G-APVV (complete rebuild, not on general view)
North American Harvard – 42-12417 (complete rebuild, not on general view)
Aircraft Cleaning Planned For
Folland Gnat T.1 – XR534
Vickers Varsity T.1 – WF369