In 1991 the Royal Air Force retired what was its last frontline piston engined aircraft after 41 years of service. This was the Avro Shackleton - descendant of the legendary Lancaster.
One of those Shackletons, serial number WR963, was flown to Coventry Airport, where she has remained grounded for the past 24 years. After years of inactivity a group of ex RAF engineers and aviation enthusiasts are trying to return the aircraft to the skies once more.
Of the 185 Shackletons built, less than 18 survive worldwide and none are flying. If WR963 is successfuly returned to flight, she will be the last of her kind to do so.
So far, WR963 has come from a silent relic at the corner of the Airport, to a living, breathing, growling aircraft capable of delighting the crowds.... on the ground.
We now need to do a deep inspection on WR963 to make sure she still has the strength and structural integrity to be able to fly again safely.
Risks and challenges
We face the possibility that WR963's wing structure may have deteriorated to a point she cannot fly. We will not know until we get inside the structure and only if our project is successfully funded.
We have already faced and overcome significant hurdles in respect of paperwork, records, parts and manufacturing data for the Shackleton.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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