Story added on 12th April 2008
Our new arrival, mentioned in the previous update, is the Chichester-Miles Consultants Leopard light business jet, G-BRNM. A four seat, twin-engined 'personal jet' in development since 1982, this is the second prototype. The first prototype - G-BKRL flew in 1988 but after the engine manufacturer folded, this second aircraft was built using Williams FJX engines and adding other refinements including pressurisation. G-BRNM first flew in 1997 and carried out 84 development flights, aiming towards the production of a six seat example, the Leopard Six - however that has yet to fly. The aircraft was previously on display at the Bournemouth Aviation Museum (now sadly closed), and is currently on display in our main hangar with the wings removed. Photo courtesy Pete Buckingham:
The Museum is going to be having a bit of a quiet year in 2008, with most effort being put into the ongoing work on the F-100 and T-33. A new arrival is expected shortly, of which more when it's here! Currently on the schedule for the summer is work to re-assemble the Viscount. Planning is also underway for a temporary display devoted to Alex Henshaw and his flying career, which will be put on during October. Early next year will see the 50th anniversary of the Argosy - we would welcome contact from anybody who worked, flew or maintained the aircraft, or had any other sort of link.
For regular readers of Malcolm's updates - sadly for the time being at least Malcolm has other commitments away from the Museum. We hope to see him back when he can make it.... read more
News Update 20/10/07
Foggy evenings followed by frosty mornings later in the week has meant that the actual time available for all sensible people to work outside has gradually got cut down of late. So by way of necessity most tasks undertaken by the engineering workforce this week had to fit in to that time slot. But despite this the Beaver had some more paint applied both on top and on the belly, along with a start on the T55 Lightning decals. Our Canberra had its bi-annual bath and scrub down on top as well.
The Gannett yellow bands were finished making it look very smart & a start was also made to rid it of some long term dings and dents it had suffered during its life. Whilst active with the hide face hammer & reaction block I also took the opportunity to straighten up a few other aircraft... read more