Story added on 19th November 2008
Major news to report this month is that our ex-Danish Hunter is off to pastures new next week - she's been acquired by the museum at Carlisle and will be leaving next Wednesday.
Our T-33 (the one outside, not the one inside) has been repainted in Red Knights colours - pictures soon. The Gnat F.1's new wings are nearly ready, with work on one completed and the second one just being finished off - we hope to have the wings added to the airframe within a few weeks and will upload some photos once that happens.
The Museum recently acquired some Whitley propeller blades to go along with our collection of Whitley parts - these were being used as part of a garden fence at a home in Worcestershire!
The events page has been updated with some new events, first of which is the Christmas Fayre Model Show, being held on 7th December. We hope to see you there!
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:
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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