Whirlwind Paint & move
Story added on 20th July 2007
Great news for 1960s fans, after a long search we eventually came up with a new scheme for our Whirlwind that dated her right back with the Beatles. Used exclusively by Bristows for its entire life we were anxious to come up with an earlier scheme rather than the classic red white and blue.
Rubbing down the tailcone provided the first clue, two shades of blue. A black and white picture gave the scheme but not enough detail to start the paint job. Then a very early colour picture appeared courtesy of Lee Howard that didn't quite match our actual colours found on the frame but gave us the final pieces of the jigsaw. So you see her now fully re-painted and moved in to our "Interactive" area, blades removed to give her some room and a new lease of life for her interior as well.
The recently-acquired Sea Harrier now has its rudder back in place, complete with new paint job. The Sea Vixen's repaint is coming along nicely too, with most of the topside grey now done and stencilling being put back in place. Also, the Canberra restoration is proceeding very well with the fuselage having been repainted - wing undersides next!... read more
The Canberra has undergone a transformation over the last year or so thanks to the efforts of volunteer Malcolm Lambert, an ex-RAF electrician.
Malcolm has done a phenomenal amount of work on the aircraft with the result that the electrical and hydraulic systems are now live and as a result we can now open the flare bay and camera ports and operate the flaps and airbrakes. When powered the cockpit now hums along exactly as it did when in service, right down to a fully functioning radio which bursts into life from time to time, seeing as it's tuned to Coventry tower! A brief news item cannot do justice to the amount of work carried out, but thankfully Malcolm has written an article which can be found on Les Bywaters' excellent Canberra site.
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