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Enthusiasts and ex-RAF ground crew are trying to return an Avro Shackleton to flight. It will be the only one in the world flying.
206 backers pledged £13,380 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.30

    A personal e-mail of appreciation from the Shackleton team. You will receive further "Return to Flight" project updates through Kickstarter, or through the e-mail address you supply.

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    A personal e-mail of appreciation from the Shackleton team, and a mention on an dedicated supporters page on our website. You will receive further "Return to Flight" project updates through Kickstarter, or through the e-mail address you supply.

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    A personal e-mail of appreciation from the Shackleton team, and a mention on an dedicated supporters page on our website. You will also receive a hard copy signed Certificate of Appreciation. You will receive further "Return to Flight" project updates as per previous reward levels.

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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 32

    A personal e-mail of appreciation from the Shackleton team, a mention on an dedicated supporters page on our website, a hard copy signed Certificate of Appreciation and a Shackleton Pin Badge. You will receive further "Return to Flight" project updates as per previous reward levels.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 65

    All the rewards of previous levels plus enrolment into the "Friends of WR963" support team, and a Shackleton T-shirt. You will receive further "Return to Flight" project updates as per previous reward levels.

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 97

    As the £50 reward level, but with an embroidered polo shirt in place of the T-shirt and an embroidered Shackleton shoulder badge.

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 130

    As per the £75 reward level, but with a mounted section of Shackleton airframe (with Certificate of Authenticity)

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    Pledge £175 or more About US$ 227

    As per the £100 reward level, but with an invite to be onboard the aircraft during an exclusive engine run-up for you and friends!

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    As per the £175 rewards level, but with a limited edition print of the painting "The Growler" by Michael Rondot.

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 649

    As per the £175 rewards level, but the exclusive engine run-up will see you playing taking the position of co-pilot of the Shackleton during the engine run-up taking control of the 10,000 hp generated by the four Rolls Royce Griffon engines!

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    As per the £500 reward level, but with the presentation of an engraved genuine Rolls Royce Griffon piston to commemorate the occasion!

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    Pledge £1,500 or more About US$ 1,948

    As per the £500 reward level, but the engine run-up will be replaced by a short taxy run of the aircraft. You will not be able to take the position of co-pilot for this event.

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About US$ 3,247

    As per the £1500 reward level, but with a unique twist. The engine run up will be replaced by a short taxy run, where you will be taking the position of co-pilot for the event.

    Non-pilots are eligible for this level, and it is a unique opportunity!

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