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    Default Any news of the Fairey Battle restauration ?

    Do you have news about the project to back a Battle in the air ??

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    Not about a flying a/c but of interest
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    Hello,

    I received today my copy of Aeroplane (november 2010 issue) which mentions on page 13 that Battle I L5343 arrived at RAF Museum Hendon on August 10. They had previously published a feature when the Battle was damaged during the transport from Rochester to Hendon in December 2008 (which is also mentioned). It was then send to RAF museum Cosford for repairs.

    Alain, can you expand about a project to return a Battle in the air ? I don't remember every reading about this. I know there used to be a project for a Typhoon, in Biggin Hill, of which I don't know much. There was also another huge project with a HP-42 (slightly off topic).

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    Hello Joss,

    I found an old article somewhere telling about the restauration of this battle to flying condition ...
    So it is why I posted, as I never heard of something about this Battle .
    Hope you enjoy a very sunny weekend in France !!

    With all the sun from Polynesia !

    Alain

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    Perhaps you mean the aircraft, which was ultimately exchanged for Spitfire and now exhibited at Bruxelles.

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    Gents,

    The airframe Alain is talking about was the one at Bruntingthorpe.

    Very little is released on the web and the group dealing with it is very tightlipped on progress.

    http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/museums/cold-war-jets-collection.htm

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    Yes Ross, it is this one I spoke about !

    No one living near Bruntingthorpe on the forum ??

    There was also the Hampden stored at the Panton brother museum at East Kirby ,
    The man who restaured this kite died some years ago, but what become what was left ??
    I remember to have seen a fuselage or a part of it under restauration when I came to East Kirby in 1997...

    Alain

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    Hello Alain

    The restoration to static display of Hampden I AE436 in East Kirkby is still under way. I saw it during a visit there, in June 2008. Large bits and pieces are displayed "as found" and work was done on the front fuselage. It was more a rebuild in this area, according to the differences of alloy. I found this exhibit very interesting.

    Another Hampden is under restoration in U.K., for future display at Hendon, and another was restored in Canada. The wooden main spar broke a couple of years ago, when the wings were ladden with snow...

    Joss

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    Dear All
    As well as the completed Hampden in Canada, the ongoing rebuild at East Kirkby and the partial restoration at Cosford, there are also some remnants at the Museum at Scampton of P1206 of 49 Squadron which was recovered in a dig in Holland a couple of years ago. I have not seen it but I understand that there is part of the undercarriage and a few other pieces. Very appropriate that this 'aircraft' has returned to it's operational base after so many years.
    And then there were four.....
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    Dear Alain
    There is a bit on the Battle in this Doc.
    http://www.bapc.org.uk/html/recce1.html
    Hope it helps
    James

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