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Chinook arrives at Newark Air Museum

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Chinook at Newark Air Museum

In a timeframe of a little over ten (10) days, the Newark Air Museum has purchased and moved the fuselage of BV Chinook HC.1 helicopter, ZA717 from RAF Cranwell Lincs to the museum site in eastern Nottinghamshire. In doing so the museum has become the first independent aviation museum in the UK to acquire and display a Royal Air Force (RAF) registered Chinook helicopter.

The helicopter was transported by local contractor Hutchinson Engineering Services of Weston, Notts, the short distance from RAF Cranwell, Lincs; where, like the recently acquired Puma helicopter it had been used to train Loadmasters in slinging techniques and load securing methods.

Today’s arrivals was witnessed by around seventy (70) school children from two Lincolnshire Schools, who were visiting the museum as part of an Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire arts based education project, entitled ‘Fly Away Day’. This was a particularly apt welcome for Chinook ZA717, as eventually the museum plans to use it as an interactive education space / resource for visiting groups of school children, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers.

ZA717’s arrival was also particularly poignant for the museum’s groundsman Nigel Bean. Not only is Nigel a huge helicopter enthusiast but, as a serving RAF Police Officer he also witnessed the non-fatal incident on 25th July 1989 that saw ZA717 ‘written-off’ at RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands.

The activity today at the museum site saw Puma XW208 slightly repositioned alongside Display Hangar 1 on the museum’s Northfield Site, to create the space for ZA717 to be manoeuvred into position alongside the other former RAF Cranwell training aid helicopter.

“We are honoured and extremely proud to have secured such a unique helicopter for the collection,” commented Dave Hibbert, Museum Trustee & Acquisitions Officer. He continued, “We are especially grateful for the assistance provide by the RAF and personnel at RAF Cranwell who safely moved ZA717 out of its confined location, thereby enabling Hutchinson Engineering Services to undertake, what in the end turned out to be a relatively straight forward loading exercise.”

He concluded, “As with the Puma, we are already actively following up leads across the UK to locate the missing parts, and look forward to turning ZA717 into an important educational resource at the museum.”

www.newarkairmuseum.org

Puma arrives at Newark Air Museum

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Puma arrives at Newark Air Museum

Earlier today (Wednesday 7th February 2018) the latest addition to Newark Air Museum’s collection of airframes arrived at the museum site in eastern Nottinghamshire, close to the county border with Lincolnshire. Today’s arrival was an incomplete Aerospatiale Puma HC Mk 1 helicopter registration XW208.

The helicopter was transported by local contractor Gillivers Haulage, the short distance from RAF Cranwell, Lincs.; where it had been used to train Loadmasters in slinging techniques and load securing methods.

“This particular acquisition comes some seven years after the museum first made an attempt to secure a Puma for its collection, back in 2011,” commented Dave Hibbert, Museum Trustee & Acquisitions Officer. He continued, “RAF Pumas have been regular visitors to our Southfield Site and they have always been quite popular at the museum.”

He concluded, “We are already actively following up leads across the UK to locate the missing parts, and while it is viewed as a long-term project we are really proud to secure this early example of an under represented type of helicopter.”

Puma XW208 was off-loaded alongside Display Hangar 1 on the museum’s Northfield Site, while in this location it will be worked on as and when additional parts are secured for the project.

www.newarkairmuseum.org

Newark Air Museum Indoor Aeroboot Aviation & Avionics Sale

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Newark Air Museum Aeroboot

Saturday 14th October 2017

The next Newark Air Museum Indoor Aeroboot / Aerojumble Sale at the museum’s site in eastern Nottinghamshire takes place on Saturday 14th October 2017. This charity fund raising event has attracted interest from a wide range of sellers and once again is heading towards being a sell-out event.

The funds that the museum raises from organising the event will be used to support the Project Panini (Mod) fund raising campaign to build new Café & Toilet facilities at the museum, which is located in eastern Nottinghamshire close to the Lincolnshire border.

Around 50 tables, featuring a host of different sellers, who come from around the UK will be arranged amongst the aircraft in Display Hangar 2 at the museum.

Buyers / visitors who attend this fund raising event will have the opportunity to search through a varied selection of aviation and avionic items: including books, paintings, prints, DVDs, plastic kits, die-cast models, clothing, radio equipment and aircraft parts. Regular updates / seller’s information are being posted on the news page of the museum website www.newarkairmuseum.org

Buyers / visitors at this event will be able to access the museum site on Saturday 14th October, 2017 at a special discounted admission price of just £4.50 per person.

The museum opening times will be 09.00 to 17.00 hours; with the sale taking place between 09.00 and 14.00 hours; to get the best bargains we suggest that you get there early.

Further details are available on the Events Page of the museum website www.newarkairmuseum.org or by telephoning 01636 707170.

Hunter T7 moves to Newark Air Museum

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Hunter XX467 at Newark Air Museum

The aircraft inventory at Newark Air Museum was expanded by one on Wednesday 3rd May, 2017 when Hawker Hunter T7, XX467 joined the collection, which is located close to the Nottinghamshire county border with Lincolnshire.

Funding for the Hunter T7 acquisition has been provided thanks to the generosity of a museum member / trustee. The move from Bruntingthorpe Airfield in Leicestershire was completed by Dave Thomas and associates. XX467 has been placed on long-term loan at the museum.

The Hunter T7 fills a gap in the museum’s themed display of RAF training airframes and will help tell the story of RAF fast jet training. It also fulfils one aim of the museum’s stated Collecting Policy of acquiring:

“Aircraft used in a Training role.”

This particular airframe has a diverse service history both in the UK and overseas and it is not yet known, which colour scheme the aircraft will be repainted in. The aircraft was off-loaded on the museum’s Southfield Site and reassembled. It will be restored, repainted and displayed in the same location.

The airframe entered RAF service as XL605 serving with 92 Squadron and was part of the Blue Diamonds Display Team; before then serving with 66 Squadron and 229 OCU. A brief spell then followed as G-9-214, before serving with Saudi AF 70-617 and Jordan AF as 836. On returning to the UK the airframe was renumbered XX467 and served with 229 OCU and 1 TWU, but was struck off charge in October 1983. During its time on the civil register it operated as G-TVII out of Kemble and Exeter. Currently it is marked as XX467.

www.newarkairmusem.org

Hastings & Shackleton 40th Anniversary Weekend

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Hastings

20 & 21 May 2017

Preparations for the Hastings & Shackleton 40th Anniversary Weekend are now well underway at Newark Air Museum’s site in eastern Nottinghamshire; close to the border with Lincolnshire. Newark Air Museum is a registered charity that is located on part of the former site of RAF Winthorpe.

This is an open cockpit style event that will be used to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of these two aircraft arriving at the museum. It will take place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017 from10am until 5pm each day (last admission at 4pm).

The Shackleton was dismantled and moved to the museum by road in spring 1977, in what remains the largest aircraft dismantling project ever undertaken by the museum and its volunteers. While later in the summer the Hastings was flown from RAF Scampton to join the museum collection.

Both aircraft remain firm favourites on the museum’s cockpit opening rota and admission normally costs a small additional fee. On this weekend access to both aircraft will be FREE, but as ever donations would always be welcome to aid the museum’s fund raising efforts.

The Ashton fuselage that is also part of the famous Avro lineage will also have free access on both days and it will house a model display of Avro airframes.

A number of visiting participants and displays will supplement the museum’s own diverse collection of aircraft. Plus subject to operational commitments and the weather aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will perform flypasts each day. Members of the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association will be eligible to receive free admission on each day of the event

The event is open to everyone and normal museum admission rates will apply:
Adults £9.00, Over 60s £8.00, Children £4.50 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £24.00. Please telephone 01636 707170 if you require any further information.

{A small additional fee / donation will be applicable when going inside any other museum aircraft that might be open – this will go into the Project Panini Fund; to build a new Café & Toilet facility. Height restrictions apply to some aircraft that might be open to the public.}

www.newarkairmuseum.org

Newark Indoor Aeroboot Sale Sat 4th March

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Newark Aeroboot

Newark Air Museum Indoor Aeroboot Aviation & Avionics Sale

Saturday 4th March 2017

The next Newark Air Museum Indoor Aeroboot / Aerojumble Sale at the museum’s site in eastern Nottinghamshire takes place on Saturday 4th March 2017. This charity fund raising event has attracted interest from a wide range of sellers and once again is a sell-out event.

The funds that the museum raises from organising the event will be used to support the Project Panini (Mod) fund raising campaign to build a new Café & Toilet facilities at the museum, which is located in eastern Nottinghamshire close to the Lincolnshire border.

Around 50 tables, featuring a host of different sellers, who come from around the UK will be arranged amongst the aircraft in Display Hangar 2 at the museum.

Buyers / visitors who attend this fund raising event will have the opportunity to search through a varied selection of aviation and avionic items: including books, paintings, prints, DVDs, plastic kits, die-cast models, clothing, radio equipment and aircraft parts. Regular updates / sellers information are being posted on the news page of the museum website www.newarkairmuseum.org

Buyers / visitors at this event will be able to access the museum site on Saturday 4th March, 2017 at a special discounted admission price of just £4.50 per person.

The museum opening times will be 09.00 to 17.00 hours; with the sale taking place between 09.00 and 14.00 hours; to get the best bargains we suggest that you get there early.

Further details are available on the Events Page of the museum website www.newarkairmuseum.org or by telephoning 01636 707170.

Sea Vixen Repaint

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Newark Air Museum Sea Vixen repaint

During 2016 a steady programme of preparation work has been underway for the repaint of de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ560 at Newark Air Museum.

The full extent of this work was recently captured in the warm wintery Nottinghamshire sunshine, from one of the high-level work platforms that is now being used to carry out the work.

It is expected that the Sea Vixen will be returned to the markings that it wore when serving with either 892 Squadron or 893 Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm, during the 1960s.

www.newarkairmuseum.org

TriStar Simulator Reassembly

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Tristar

In recent weeks a significant amount of effort has been expended on the reassembly of the Lockheed TriStar simulator at Newark Air Museum’s site in eastern Nottinghamshire, close to the border with Lincolnshire.

The exhibit was donated to the museum by the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon, back in autumn 2015; and arrived on site in February 2016. Initially it had been anticipated that the simulator would arrive in one piece, but this was not the case as the simulator had already been disassembled.

After various location options were considered the reassembly is now taking place in an area of Display Hangar 2 behind the Gloster Javelin and Saab Viggen aircraft. The reassembly work has focused around the main instrument panel, which is now in situ; along with the majority of the external cockpit panels. This is proving to be quite a complex task, but one that is being tackled in a methodical manner; but this will culminate in quite an impressive exhibit in the future.

At this time it is still not confirmed to what extent the simulator will be returned to an operational condition; although an appropriate power is located nearby. This latest acquisition complements the museum’s growing collection of ‘synthetic’ trainers and adds part of a notable airliner cockpit to the museum collection.

www.newarkairmuseum.org

2017 Events at Newark Air Museum

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Newark Air Museum Aeroboot

4 March, 2017 – Indoor Aeroboot / Aerojumble Table Top Sale
48 sellers tables all hosted inside Display Hangar 2 amongst the aircraft at the museum site in eastern Nottinghamshire. {Special discount admission rates apply, open to everyone to attend.}

20 & 21 May, 2017 – Hastings & Shackleton 40th Anniversary Weekend
Two day event to commemorate 40 years since these iconic aircraft arrived at the museum; this will also involve the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association. {Normal admission rates apply}

17 & 18 June, 2017 – Cockpit-Fest & Aeroboot
This annual gathering provides the perfect opportunity for the public to view a diverse range of visiting aircraft cockpits {Normal admission rates apply}

12 & 13 August, 2017 – 1940’s Weekend
A follow-up event from the successful 2015 Victory Days weekend, with an American focus to reflect their operations from RAF Balderton {Normal admission rates apply}

14 October, 2017 – Indoor Aeroboot / Aerojumble aviation & avionic sale
48 sellers tables all hosted inside Display Hangar 2 amongst the aircraft at the museum site in eastern Nottinghamshire. {Special discount admission rates apply, open to everyone to attend.}

For further details visit: www.newarkairmuseum.org

Newark Restoration Updates

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Newark Air Museum Monospar

The winter restoration work at Newark Air Museum is refocusing onto two of the long-term in-depth restoration projects at the museum’s site in eastern Nottinghamshire.

In the on-site workshop work continues on the North American Harvard II B, 42-12417 (Dutch AF B-163 and RCAF FE930). At the present time work is focused on the rear fuselage and cockpit areas of the airframe; with some additional panel repair work being undertaken on one of the wings.

Elsewhere on site, work is also ongoing on the General Aircraft Monospar VH-UTH. Now that much of the internal work on the cockpit and fuselage areas has been completed the aircraft has been taken off the trestles. This has also allowed work to be started on the application of the fabric to the underside of the fuselage.

www.newarkairmuseum.org