Story added on 16th January 2009
Les Bywaters, often referred to as 'Mr. Canberra', was a regular museum visitor and one of those instrumental in the restoration of our Canberra, WF922, and published on his website the detailed restoration diary written by Malcolm Lambert Sadly Les passed away on 13th January. All of us at the Museum are greatly saddened to hear of his passing and would like to extend our condolences to his family and friends. Les was one of those friends we would all like to have.
- Barry James, Museum Chairman
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!
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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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