The aircraft was cared for by volunteers but time had still taken it's toll and in mid 2009 a team was assembled to undertake a programme to restore the aircraft back to as good a condition as possible although only as a static exhibit. The team is lead by Gareth Lander who has been assisted by others whom he has worked alongside on aircraft of the Cold war Jets collection
As well as deteriorating paintwork the aircraft had suffered damage to the fuselage and radome when it moved in high winds and the nosewheel leg was seized solid. The locks on the rudder had also failed so all these items were added to the work list.
The 3 photos above were all taken before the restoration commenced.
crredits, l to r: Helen Mitchell, Matt Evans and Gareth Lander
To date much of the fuselage, engine nacelles and propellers been repainted , the rudder repaired and locked, the radome repaired (and restored internally), the main landing gear nacelles have had some restoration work, the nose wheel now works and the cockpit has been partially restored and the electrics tested. The main cabin has lighting and is partially restored and the aircraft now has it's own dedicated pan at Bruntingthorpe.
The project team discussions section on the forum carries lots more details and photos taken throughout the project and is updated fairly regularly, it is a read only section for anybody not registered on the forum
below are some recent photos of the aircraft showing the repainting work to date
If you would like to help as a volunteer please contact Gaz via the contact page
You can also donate an item on the Wish List, to do so please contact Gaz via the contact page
In 2010 the project was featured in Propliner magazine, below is the article reproduced: