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Newark repaints proceed


With the advent of the better weather, the pace of three aircraft repainting projects has stepped up a gear at the Newark Air Museum site in eastern Nottinghamshire.

Over the winter period, as and when conditions have allowed, paint stripping and de-corrosion efforts on de Havilland Heron 1B G-ANXB have been progressing on a steady basis. Work has now just started on the application of primer paint to the upper wing surfaces and parts of the fuselage. Heron G-ANXB will eventually be repainted in the BEA Scottish Division markings it wore while serving as an air ambulance in the Western Isles of Scotland.

Elsewhere, painting teams have now also started on the Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF14, WS739, and on the fuselage of Avro Ashton WB491 flying test-bed aircraft. Both projects will be completed in parallel with various other restoration projects. Following detailed conservation studies on Avro Vulcan B2 XM594 and some significant internal restoration in the cockpit and bomb-bay areas of the airframe, planning is now in an advanced stage for some external restoration to be carried out. In the coming weeks a scaffolding structure will be erected around the tail fin.

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