P.1127 XP984 Appeal

The response to the appeal for funds to help with the restoration of XP984 at the Brooklands Museum has raised the sizeable sum of 2000. The appeal is now closed and a cheque will be sent to the Brooklands Museum by our Chairman, Chris Roberts.

    Thanks are due for the generosity of the following 43 members:
Anon, TE Anstey, LR Baker, AC Barber, PG Barker, GM Bass, PA Bedford, AT Boyd, AJ Buttler, DA Byford, CM Chandler, KFS Chard, T Davies, MGV Dyke, RJ Fairchild, M Fantham, CJ Farara, for CS Flint, JP Gardner, G Harris, N Hayler, RJ Head, BS Indge, JM Janes, AN Justin, MD Murray, P Moore, J O’Sullivan, RC Owen, LA Palmer, BV Pegram, LW Phipps, RJ Poole, C Radley, PR Rash, EJ Syradd, AB Turner, MJ Weatherly, GE Weller, G Wilsher, CJ Wilson, GW Wilson, RE Wise and also the Kingston Aviation Centenary Project who kindly rounded the total up to 2,000.
    Once more, thank you all very much indeed

Aircraft News

Camel. An airworthy Camel, externally correct but with altered structure and powered by a Czech Verner Scarlett 7Si seven cylinder radial, is being built at the Francesco Baracca airfield near Treviso, NE Italy. It commemorates Canadian Camel pilot Lt Gordon McLean who was shot down in the area in February 1918. A brass identification plate from McLean’s Camel B2494 of No. 45 Squadron was found by chance.

Tempest V/TT5, NV778, is now displayed on the floor of the main hall in the RAF Museum, Hendon, having spent fourteen suspended from the roof.

Hunter Mk58, the colourfully painted Miss Demeanour, owned and flown by Jonathon Whaley, is being exported to Canada to join the Lortie Aviation Hunter fleet of at least six single seat Mk58s and a two seater, in Quebec. Lortie Aviation provides training support to military air arms. Google them for more information.

P.1127 XP984 in its beautifully restored state is now on show in Brooklands Museum’s new ‘Aircraft Factory’ exhibit.

Gnat T1, XR977, in Red Arrows livery, has been moved to the RAF Museum, Hendon, from the Cosford conservation centre.

Harrier Mk 55, AV-8S/Spanish Navy VA-1 Matador bought for the Royal Thai Navy, is to be restored at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum, Bangkok.

Amongst the aircraft to tour Britain this year as part of the RAF’s centenary celebrations are the RAF Museum’s Sopwith Snipe replica a Harrier GR3 and a full scale model of an F-35. They will be on show in the Cardiff City Hall Gardens ( May 16 - 20), London’s Horse Guards Parade (6 - 9 July), Newcastle, Northern Ireland (4 - 5 August), Birmingham’s Victoria Square (25 - 27 August), Glasgow’s Science Centre (1 - 2 September) and Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens (15 - 16 September).