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Restoration of the Museum's WW2 Beaufort Bomber, the oldest surviving one in the world.
Restoration of the Museum's WW2 Beaufort Bomber, the oldest surviving one in the world.
109 backers pledged AU$ 6,873 to help bring this project to life.

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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 holdup

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    Signed letter of acknowledgement from the Restoration Team and Beaufort lapel pin

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    Signed letter of acknowledgement from the Restoration Team, Beaufort lapel pin, Museum embroidered patch and sticker

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    Signed letter of acknowledgement from the Restoration Team, special Beaufort lapel pin, Museum embroidered patch and USB stick with Beaufort images

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    Signed letter of acknowledgement from the Restoration Team, special Beaufort lapel pin, Museum embroidered patch and one year membership to the Museum

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    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About $232

    Signed letter of acknowledgement from the Restoration Team, your name on the website Roll of Thanks and sponsor wall at the Museum, special Beaufort lapel pin, Museum embroidered patch and one year membership to the Museum, genuine section of Beaufort fuselage skin, special Beaufort print.

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    Signed letter of acknowledgement from the Restoration Team, your name on the website Roll of Thanks and sponsor wall at the Museum, special Beaufort lapel pin, Museum embroidered patch, two year membership to the Museum, genuine section of Beaufort fuselage skin, copy of Path of Duty by Graeme Gibson, Copy of Song of the Beauforts, choice of model or print.

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