Story added on 19th March 2010
Building of a new education centre alongside the main Museum hangar commenced in mid February and the centre will be opened later this year; this is all part of the Museum's ongoing links with local education establishments and mission to educate as well as preserve the region's aviation history.
On the exhibit front, since the last major news update the F-86 Sabre has had several missing panels fabricated and a complete repaint; work continues on the Viscount with the intention of attaching the wings later this year and the Iskra has now been reassembled and put on display. Restoration work also continues on the F-101 Voodoo.
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
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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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