New engines and propellers have been fitted to the wartime DC3 Dakota, which is also undergoing a full repaint. The Mosquito is also having major work to its engines and undercarriage carried out, whilst the replica 1917 SE5a biplane fighter has just had a new engine fitted. In addition the 1949 DH Devon is almost complete following its move from Redhill last year and will hopefully turn its propellors this Spring.
Plans for a one-off unique Wartime Nightshoot in 2012 with the Handley Page Halifax, Douglas Dakota, DH Mosquito and Hawker Hurricane are being prepared – it will be quite an event, so watch this space!
As mentiuoned in an earlier report, we plan to advertise the “detruns” or regular maintenance operations of the live aircraft which include Nimrod MR2, Victor K2 and Buccaneer, with full airfield fire support including Pathfinder and TACR2 foam tenders. With the potential of 7 more propellors turning this year (as above) these operational Sundays will become quite an event in themselves. The first one is being planned for Sunday 13th February from about 11am.
Following it’s appearance at last years Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford, our Messerschmitt 109G has once again travelled down South where a mould is being cast from it to produce full size gate-guardian replicas. The company, who built the “Airfix Kit” Spitfire for James May’s TV series should have them available by the Autumn of this year – and a lot more substantial than James May’s Spit! So, as “everybody” seems to have a plastic Spitfire nowadays, why not stand out from the crowd and order this year’s “must have” aircraft – we will be pleased to pass on the details.