This is stage one of the restoration / preservation project for the Museum's WW2 Beaufort Bomber.
The Museum is a volunteer, not for profit based company which relies on the input and goodwill of members and volunteers. We need your assistance to make this amazing project happen. Why is it important ?
Simple - Beaufort A9-13 is the oldest surviving Beaufort bomber in the world. There are only a handful left around the world, none are flying but this is an important aircraft to preserve given it's age and the fact it flew with 100 Sqdn.
When completed the Beaufort will sit alongside its bigger counterpart, the DAP Beaufighter, and this alone is an incredible achievement to attain.
Stage One of the project involves a relatively simple area - the Stern Frame (rear section). It needs to be checked for structrual weaknesses, corrosion, missing parts all catalogued, then sent for blasting and returned for assembly and priming prior to painting. It needs as many of the original parts as possible retained as the aircraft is in line to be added to the Heritage Register. Your help no matter how big or small will make this project become a reality and preserve a unique twin engine bomber for future generations to come and admire.
Risks and challenges
Of course every project has a challenge or three! In this case, lack of parts, blueprints missing, or even original parts that are beyond saving always pose a potential problem. However the Museum has a staggering archive of plans, drawings and photos, and under the guidance of Ashley Briggs who is one of the best restorers and manufacturers there is, the project should be able to overcome any potential issue with relatively little holdupLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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