HALF PRICE SALE Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today CLICK HERE

Vickers Vimy replica due to leave RAF Museum

14:51 21 February 2014

Archant

The replica Vickers Vimy based at the RAF Museum at Hendon is due to leave the site and be placed in storage.

The aircraft was built by the Vintage Aircraft and Flying Association to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alcock and Brown’s 1919 transatlantic flight. It was completed on 30 May 1969 and on 3 June it took off on its first flight.

Sadly, around two months later the replica was being prepared for flight when it caught fire. The fire, which is thought to have been caused by concentrated sunlight on the fabric of the wing, resulted in extensive damage. However, the replica was successfully rebuilt as a static exhibit and has been on view to the public at the RAF Museum’s London site since 1972.

Both the Vickers Vimy and Sopwith Tabloid will be moved to the museum’s Reserve Collection in Stafford, where they will remain for the foreseeable future.

The move is part of a project to refurbish the Grahame-White Factory Hangar, which closes on 3 March while the building work takes place. The collection is expected to reopen in November. www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london

0 comments

More from News

Fri, 16:06
Pilot News

There was cause for celebration in Capua, Italy yesterday as the Tecnam P2012 Traveller was taken aloft on its maiden flight.

Read more
Wed, 17:01
Zoë Burnett prior to take off at Tayside Aviation

Air BP has awarded its second Sterling Pilot Scholarship to seventeen-year-old Aberdeen student, Zoë Burnett.

Read more
Wed, 15:52
Pilot News

The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed on 20 July that, subject to contract, EU funds will be made available to the Authority to help private pilots and aircraft owners move to 8.33 kHz radios. All aircraft registered in the EU need to be fitted with 8.33 kHz equipment by December 2017.

Read more
Wed, 15:46
Pilot News

The widely anticipated move will lead to both cost and time savings for private pilots flying on ‘national’ licences and, in most cases, remove the need for General Practitioner or Authorised Medical Examiner involvement in the process. The change follows a public consultation, in which 96 per cent of those responding agreed with the proposal.

Read more
Friday, July 15, 2016
Coming from Spain across the Mediterranean, Solar Impulse 2 landed in Egypt PHOTO: Solar Impulse

On its journey around the world, Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) – the solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg – landed in Egypt after a flight of two days and two nights (48 hours and 50 minutes) without fuel.

Read more
Friday, July 15, 2016
'Honda Jet' LoadedAaron, Flickr CC 2.0

Honda Aircraft Company has announced that it has earned a Production Certificate from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They are building the HA-420HondaJet, an advanced light jet, at its world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Read more
Friday, July 15, 2016
Pilot News

Following the referendum on EU membership there will be no immediate change to civil aviation regulation nor the CAA’s role in the EU and in relation to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) framework.

Read more
Friday, July 15, 2016
In the face of Brexit, it’s ‘business as usual’ for UK aviation industry

British aviation businesses of all sizes are divided over the aftermath of the Brexit campaign. If future uncertainty is to be avoided then the separation negotiations must be sorted speedily.

Read more
Friday, July 8, 2016
Pilot News

GA pilots are being asked to collaborate in a new initiative set to start on 1 August 2016

Read more
Friday, July 8, 2016
Tecnam T2006A Twin enters Italian Air Force service

Renamed by the T2006A Twin, Tecnam handed over three P2006T aircraft to General Vincenzo Nuzzo, Head of Flight Training, Italian Air Force (AMI) at a special delivery ceremony held at Tecnam’s Capua production facility.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine