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Viscount Move

Story added on 8th September 2007

Wednsday the 5th saw a party from the Museum travel to Hatch (Beds) to start the loading of the Viscount wings and to prepare for the fuselage lift the next day and transportation of both loads to Coventry.

The wing lifting went very well ably controlled and supervised by Mark one of our long term volunteers. Everyone arrived early on the Thursday morning in good spirits ready for the fuselage lift and journey back to Coventry. Im afraid the fuselage never gave in as easily as the wings and caused a few headaches before finally accepting that we really meant business. Tim from Skysports Engineering gave us incredible support and help, without which I guess we would still be there. Final loading finished at about 3pm which left us a journey through rush hour traffic at the Coventry end. Aware of the drivers time limits we set off and after carefully but only just negotiating the village "S" bend we hit the A14 and M6. Both Hutchinson and Allums drivers did us proud on the journey back, which went without mishap and with very little traffic disruption.

On arrival at the museum at about 6pm the convey entered the site and starting with the fuselage unloading quickly began. To cut a long story short we closed the museum gates after the transporters and cranes left at around 11:30pm. Thanks must also go to the resident and volunteer museum staff who stayed on to provide all the lighting and refreshments. The unloading of both transporters was, thanks to some skilled Hi Ab operators trouble free.

The fuselage is now being cleaned and stabilised, whilst this is in progress Vicky will not be open for public access until well in to next year. But you are more than welcome to visit us and take your own personal photos of this new Midlands resident, talk to the Viscount 35 Associations restoration team and judge for yourself what a large undertaking it is.

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