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Restoration Updates – Newark Air Museum

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Vulcan restoration at Newark

Despite some horrendous weather this week work has just been completed on the erection of the scaffolding structure around the tail fin of Avro Vulcan B.2 XM594 at Newark Air Museum. This will allow restoration work to be undertaken in a safe manner by a dedicated team of museum volunteers. This work is anticipated will take the rest of the summer to complete.

The team working on the rebuild of BV Chinook HC.1 helicopter, ZA717 have also been trying to take advantage of breaks in the weather to secure more of the glazing panels along the helicopters fuselage.

Progress reports on all of these projects will continue throughout the summer.

www.newarkairmuseum.org

Less than a month until Cockpit-Fest at Newark Air Museum

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

MiG-23 at Newark Air Museum

Preparations for the 2019 Cockpit-Fest are well underway at Newark Air Museum’s site in eastern Nottinghamshire; close to the border with Lincolnshire. Newark Air Museum is a registered charity located on part of the former site of RAF Winthorpe; its two day Cockpit-Fest event attracts exhibitors from across the UK and Europe to sample what one former-aviation magazine editor calls “grass roots aircraft preservation”.

This will be the twentieth (20th) time that like-minded enthusiasts have displayed their aircraft cockpit sections at the museum. Cockpit-Fest has become a fixture on the aviation calendar and each year attracts many visiting cockpits and associated displays. Cockpit-Fest allows the owners the chance to display their prized exhibits to their fellow enthusiasts and the general public.

At this year’s event a diverse range of aviation will be represented; this includes a range of military jet cockpits including amongst others: Lightning, Harrier, Hunter, Buccaneer and Jet Provost.

For this year’s the museum’s own volunteers are also gearing up to provide the visitors with the opportunity to look inside some of its aircraft. This includes a rare opportunity to view normally inaccessible aircraft like the ex-Russian MiG fighters and the American T-33 trainer. Recent training sessions have been held on these aircraft, thereby allowing a new cohort of volunteers to be able to open these rare aircraft.

Cockpit-Fest 2019 takes place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June; and the event is being staged in a single large area on the museum’s Southfield Site, alongside an Aeroboot / Aerojumble aviation and avionics sale. Here enthusiasts and the public can search out those aviation artefacts, books and models.

The event is supported by a range of organisations and individuals; with the visitors being encouraged to have a say in deciding, which is the best cockpit by voting on their favourite display and from these results, prizes are awarded.

Cockpit-Fest also attracts other visiting displays like local history / military vehicle groups; re-enactors; and even more aviation related displays such as clothing and historical artefacts. As an added bonus this year’s event has a flypast on both days by aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Full details about the events can be found on the Museum Events page of the museum website at www.newarkairmuseum.org

Vulcan Refurbishment About To Start

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Vulcan XM594

It has been announced by the Newark Air Museum that in early June they will be embarking on another ambitious restoration and repainting project; this time on Avro Vulcan XM594. This work will be carried out with major support of the aircraft’s owners, the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association.

As with similar repainting work on the Avro Shackleton, a scaffolding work platform will be used and this will be installed around the tail of the Vulcan. This will allow the de-corroding, rubbing down and repainting of the fin and rudder to be carried out in a safe and efficient manner. It is anticipated that some panel fabrication work may also take place in situ, with work being carried out by a team of museum volunteers.

Whilst the scaffolding is in place investigation work will also take place into the condition of the spine panels on the centre section of the upper fuselage. The aim of this investigation is to assess the scope of any future restoration work that is required on this part of the airframe.

The museum anticipates that the scaffolding structure will be in place throughout the summer and whilst being photogenic it will help with the log-term restoration of the aircraft.
Avro Vulcan XM594 was flown to the former RAF Winthorpe airfield from RAF Waddington on Monday 7th February 1983. At the time XM594 was the only Vulcan aircraft disposed of by the RAF that was flown into a non-licensed airfield.

www.newarkairmuseum.org

Repainting Updates – Newark Air Museum

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Heron at Newark Air Museum

With the advent of the better weather the pace of work on three aircraft repainting projects has stepped up a gear at the Newark Air Museum site in eastern Nottinghamshire.

Over the winter period as and when conditions have allowed paint stripping and de-corrosion work on de Havilland Heron 1.B G-ANXB has been progressing on a steady basis. Work has now just started on the application of primer paint to the upper wing surfaces and parts of the fuselage. Heron G-ANXB will eventually be repainted in the BEA Scottish Division markings it wore whilst serving as an air ambulance in the western Isles of Scotland.

Elsewhere on site, new painting teams have now also started work on the Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF.14 WS739 night fighter aircraft and on the Avro Ashton fuselage from the WB491 flying test-bed aircraft. Both projects will be completed in parallel with various other restoration projects around the museum site.

Following detailed conservation studies on Avro Vulcan B.2 XM594 and some significant internal restoration work in the cockpit and bomb-bay areas of the airframe; planning is now in an advanced stage for some external restoration work on the aircraft. In the coming weeks a scaffolding structure will be erected around the tail fin, which will allow restoration work to be undertaken in a safe manner by another dedicated team of museum volunteers.

Progress reports on all of these projects will continue throughout the summer.

www.newarkairmuseum.org

Canberra Saturday 2019

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Canberra saturday at Newark Air Museum

Saturday 18th May 2019

The preparatory work for the 2019 Canberra Saturday event on Saturday 18th May, 2019 is now almost complete. The event will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Canberra aircraft and will be centred on the museum’s extensive collection of Canberra aircraft and cockpit sections.

The day will also mark the 20th anniversary of the Tribute to the Canberra event at our Gateway Aviation Site back in 1999, which was the forerunner of the ground breaking Cockpit-Fest event. As part of the event there will be a Canberra Reunion for former personnel who operated Canberra aircraft, with a number of veterans already having confirmed their participation at the event.

Canberra Saturday 2019 is also open to the general public and museum trustees, volunteers and staff have put together a range of visiting special displays and activities. On both days a number of museum aircraft will be open for people to visit – this will include the Canberra aircraft and cockpits at the museum. A small additional charge will be made for each aircraft visited (proceeds towards the museum’s various aircraft restoration projects).

Newark Air Museum Canberra exhibits

Canberra B(I)8 mod – WV787
Canberra T.19 – WH904
Canberra PR.7 – WH791
Canberra T.17 cockpit – WH863
Canberra PR.9 test-rig cockpit
Large scale Canberra radar profiling model

Visiting Displays

Mainly Military Model display
Canberra related sales stall
Newark Air Museum model display – Canberra & associated aircraft models
Airfield Research Group display
Andy Ward – Large Models display
Blackburne Aircraft – Canberra B6 (mod) cockpit, WK124
John Davies & Grub Street Publishing – Canberra Boys Book sales
Stephen Dring – 3D display/sales
Rob Williams/Kooky & Kitsch Publishing Promo display – e-book & activities
Wingless Wonders – Display of panels, manuals helmets & parts
Vulcan To The Sky – Canberra PR.7 Cockpit, WT534 & Canberra WK163 return to flight displays
Canberra/aviation related sales stall
Canberra Flight Simulator ‘flights’ will be ‘taking off’ in Hangar 1

During the event digitised extracts from the Roland Beamont interviews that the museum recorded shortly before his death will be played in the Cinema area in Hangar 2.

BBMF Flypast

Saturday 18th May – Dakota
(This will be subject to serviceability & suitable weather conditions)

Normal museum admission rates apply: Adults £9.00, Over 65s £8.00, Children £4.50 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £24.00.

Opening times; 10am to 5pm; last admission 4pm.
Full event details and exhibit lists can be found on the News & Information page of the museum website: www.newarkairmuseum.org

 

Harrier 50th Anniversary event at Newark Air Museum

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Sea Harrier at Newark Air Museum

Harrier 50th Anniversary event
Sunday 14th April 2019

On Sunday 14th April, 2019, the day after its Indoor Aeroboot / Aerojumble Sale, the Newark Air Museum is hosting an event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Harrier entering British military service back in April 1969.

This Harrier Day event has attracted visiting Harrier cockpits and Harrier related displays to the museum’s site here in north eastern Nottinghamshire. Here they will join the museum’s Sea Harrier ZA176 and VTOL (Vertical Take Off & Landing) test-bed aircraft Meteor FR9 VZ608, to help illustrate Nottinghamshire’s part in the VTOL Story.

The event will also include participation by Harrier and Sea Harrier veterans (air and ground crew); visiting authors; model displays; aviation artists. Visiting displays confirmed for the event include:

Mainly Military Model display
John Cox & museum – Falklands book of remembrance & scrapbook
Newark Air Museum model display – AV-8B and associated aircraft models
Airfield Research Group display
Harrier related sales stall
Phil Jarvis – Harrier GR.7 Simulator, ex RAF Wittering
Bikini Sate – Newark Air Museum re-enactors
Richard Scarborough – Harrier GR.3 & possible Sea Harrier cockpit & display
Dave Wright – Harrier GR.3 cockpit XZ138
Andy Godfrey – Harrier & VTOL artwork
Andy Ward – Large Model display
Nick Greenall & Harrier Special Interest Group – Display of about 50 detailed Harrier scale models
Martyn Steele & Ian Hodgkiss – Harrier GR.3 instrument panel; selection of Harrier stick grips
Gary O’Keefe & Al Partington – Harrier miscellany
Stephen Dring – 3D display/sales
Hucknall Flight Test Museum – Flying Bedstead model, display and videos
Harrier Preservation Group – model & display

Confirmed reunion attendees from the following:

Harrier Types
GR.1; GR.3; GR.3A; GR.7; GR.7A; GR.9; T.10; T.12

Harrier Squadrons
1(F) Sqn; 3 Sqn; IV (AC) Sqn; 20(R) Sqn

RAF Bases
RAF Gutersloh; RAF Wildenrath; RAF Wittering
The event is open to the general public and normal museum admission rates apply:
Adults £9.00, Over 65s £8.00, Children £4.50 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £24.00.

Opening times; 10am to 5pm; last admission 4pm.

Full event details and updated exhibit lists can be found on the News & Information page of the museum website: www.newarkairmuseum.org

Newark Air Museum Veterans Appeal

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Canberra at Newark Air Museum

Efforts towards securing the visiting displays at various museum events this year are now well underway and now we are turning our attentions to trying to establish contact with veterans and former service personnel.

In particular the museum is keen to hear from any personnel who have served on the following aircraft types, which saw service with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy; the Harrier, Sea Harrier and Canberra.

On Sunday 14th April, 2019 the museum is hosting a Harrier Day 2019, which is a special event with visiting displays and cockpits to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Harrier ‘Jump-Jet’ entering British military service. Whilst we have some contact with former Harrier and Sea Harrier personnel, but we are keen to hear from other people with experience on these aircraft types.

The following month, on 18th May, 2019 the museum is hosting another Canberra Saturday event, which is dedicated to the Canberra aircraft and personnel that flew them; and again it will feature visiting displays. We are now trying to re-establish contact with many former Canberra personnel who attended our previous Canberra event, but whose contact details were recorded before the new GDPR regulations came into effect.

The aim of this appeal is to allow us to gain a better understanding of the likely number of attendees, which will mean that we will be able to make the necessary arrangements more effectively.

The museum’s event organisers are keen to hear from any former personnel and ideally we would like them to send us as an email via the admin@newarkairmuseum.org email address. To further assist our preparations it would help if they could indicate whether it was the Harrier or Canberra event that they were planning to attend. The museum will acknowledge each email and if people bring along a copy of the email to the event they will get the reduced rate admission.

Both events will be open to the general public who will be looking at the visiting displays and cockpits. These visiting displays are already listed on museum website. Normal museum admission rates apply: Adults £9.00, Over 65s £7.50, Children £4.50 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £24.00

www.newarkairmuseum.org

Half Term Open Cockpits at Newark

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Phantom Cockpit at Newark Air Museum

During the coming Half-Term holiday period (16th February through to 24th February) we hope to have various aircraft cockpits open for people to go in, but this will depend on the availability of our volunteer cockpit openers.

We hope to be able to keep you advised via this news item about what may be open each day; if in doubt please call 01636 707170 before you travel.

We will also try to post daily updates via out Twitter feed.

Provisional cockpits opening schedule:

Saturday 16 February – Phantom CIM & Jaguar cockpit
Sunday 17 February – Shackleton
Monday 18 February – T.B.A
Tuesday 19 February – T.B.A
Wednesday 20 February – Argosy CIM & Varsity (pm)
Thursday 21 February – T.B.A
Friday 22 February – Varsity (pm)
Saturday 23 February – Phantom CIM & Jaguar cockpit
Sunday 24 February – Shackleton

Please remember that height restrictions apply to some cockpits – full details can be found elsewhere on the Museum website. This includes access to the Vulcan, which after 24th February is likely to be closed for a few weeks while important conservation work is carried out in the cockpit.

N.B. a small additional fee of is charged to access each aircraft. This money goes towards the restoration and repainting of our aircraft.

Visitors are also reminded that for some aircraft admission we simply ask that people consider making a donation to museum funds for being allowed into the aircraft or helicopter. These donations also go towards the restoration and repainting of our aircraft.

Additional aircraft cockpits may be open each day and other details will be updated as the information becomes available.

www.newarkairmuseum.org

2019 Events at Newark Air Museum

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Newark Air Museum 1940's event

13 April, 2019 – 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.

Open 9am to 2pm
{Special discount admission rates apply, open to everyone to attend.}

14 April, 2019 – Harrier Day 2019

A special event with visiting displays and cockpits to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Harrier ‘Jump-Jet’ entering British military service.

Open 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
{Normal admission rates apply}

18 May, 2019 – Canberra Saturday

An event dedicated to the Canberra aircraft at the museum and personnel that flew them; it will feature visiting displays and is open to the public.

Open 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
{Normal admission rates apply}

22 & 23 June, 2019 – Cockpit-Fest & Aeroboot

This annual gathering provides the perfect opportunity for the public to view a diverse range of visiting aircraft cockpits.

Open 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
{Normal admission rates apply}

17 & 18 August, 2019 – Copter-Fest

A new event to celebrate the helicopters in the museum collection; the event on the Sunday will coincide with the 2019 International Helicopter Day.

Open 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
{Normal admission rates apply}

31 August & 1 September, 2019 – Shackleton Boys 2

A book launch event that is being organised in association with Grub Street publishing and will be centred on Shackleton WR977. The event will form the focus of a mini-Reunion of former Shackleton air and ground crew personnel.

Open 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
{Normal admission rates apply}

12 October, 2019 – 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.

Open 9am to 2pm
{Special discount admission rates apply, open to everyone to attend.}

26 & 27 October, 2019 – Autumn 1940s Weekend

This 1940s event will feature under cover 1940s entertainment and give re-enactors the chance to wear your winter period clothing {Normal admission rates apply}

Open 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
{Normal admission rates apply}

Full details about these and other museum activities can be found on the news & event pages of the website, which are regularly updated www.newarkairmuseum.org

Adults £9.00, Over 65s £8.00, Children £4.50 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £24.00

New exhibit arrives at Newark Air Museum

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Lynx at Newark Air Museum

Westland Lynx HC.28

Earlier this year the Newark Air Museum was approached about taking a Lynx helicopter on loan by its owner Andy Rawden. Discussions proceed with this planned arrangement but now in a generous and unanticipated gesture, Andy has decided to donate the airframe to the museum, which is located in eastern Nottinghamshire, close to the county border with Lincolnshire.

The helicopter in question is Westland Lynx HC.28 QP-31, which has been in store at Fleetlands, Hants for a number of years, where it has been used as a training aid. Built back in 1978 with the code number WA033, this Lynx helicopter initially flew in the UK as a trails unit using the registration G-17-21; before being purchased by the Qatar Ministry of Interior Ministry of Defence (MoD) and delivered to the Qartari Police with the serial QP-31.

Hutchinson Engineering Services of Weston, Notts, completed the helicopter’s long-move north from its previous south coast location on Tuesday 18th December, 2018, with the offloading being completed in fading wintery light. This latest helicopter arrival at Newark completes the museum’s ‘hat-trick’ of helicopters in 2018; a feat they last achieved in 1980 with the arrival of the Whirlwind HAS.7, XM685; Sycamore 3, WT933 and Skeeter AOP.12, XL764. On that occasion the acquisitions were completed in just over a month.

“We are extremely grateful to Andy Rawden for his generosity in donating this Lynx helicopter to the museum.” commented Dave Hibbert, Museum Trustee & Acquisitions Officer. He continued, “We are pleased to have secured such a unique helicopter for the collection. We appreciate that it will be a long-term rebuild project to complete its restoration and initially it will be stored on site.”

He concluded, “However this is a challenge that we relish and we are already trying to source missing items. At Andy’s request we will aim to display it in its original Qatari Police Force markings.”

www.newarkairmuseum.org