5 ISSUES FOR JUST £5 Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today click here

Vickers Vimy replica due to leave RAF Museum

PUBLISHED: 14:51 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pilot’s April issue is out now with a free copy of our 2017 ‘Where to Fly Guide’

Read more
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Since it first took to the skies in the form of a converted DC-8 jetliner donated by United Airlines, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital has been making inroads to restoring sight to the world’s 285 million blind or visually impaired people

Read more
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Now in its fourth year, The Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers, is open for applications for the 2017 award

Read more
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The International aviation training organisation Airways Aviation is introducing a new scholarship to prospective pilots at its next Airline Pilot Careers Day

Read more
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This year The British Precision Pilots Association will be introducing Air Navigation Racing (ANR), a new ‘exciting and affordable’ air sport to the UK

Read more
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tecnam has announced the ‘milestone achievement’ of delivering the 200th Tecnam P2006T Twin.

Read more
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In the April issue of Pilot magazine, on sale from 22 March readers will find a ‘Safety Matters’ extract from the long-awaited report on the Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s exhaustive investigation of the Shoreham Hunter accident.

Read more
Friday, March 3, 2017

In a statement posted on Friday 3 March in response to the full AAIB report issued on the same day, the British Air Display Association (BADA) says it welcomes the conclusion to the very lengthy AAIB investigation process and hopes that it will now provide a degree of understanding and closure for the families involved.

Read more
Thursday, March 2, 2017

TOPNAV is a visual navigation competition for private pilots, organised by the Royal Institute of Navigation’s (RIN) General Aviation Navigation Group (GANG), and held every year in May.

Read more
Thursday, March 2, 2017

The first production Bell Model 505 Jet Ranger X made its maiden flight on 22 January from the company’s Mirabel, Quebec facility

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine