Aeroplane Monthly 1992-01
M.Oakey - Grapevine
Detail views of Hampden P1344's fuselage taken on October 22, 1991.
P1344 propped together for inspection by its prospective new owners on September 14, 1991.
Handley Page Hampden P1344, recovered from Russia and laid out for inspection at its secret UK location in September 1991.
The well-preserved Tupolev Tu-2 in these three views was photographed recently by American Aeroplane reader Samuel V. Smith at the War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, just north west of El Paso, Texas. Seen here in Chinese markings and with parts of its serial (apparently 20465) still visible, the Russian-built attack bomber had yet to have its nose section reassembled on to the rest of the airframe. Smith notes that the cockpit still had about half of its instruments intact.
One of Suffolk-based AJD Engineering’s latest creations is this superb Avro 504J replica, unveiled at the Southampton Hall of Aviation on November 14, 1991 as the centrepiece of a Roe/Chadwick/Hinkler memorial. AJD is currently restoring an original 504 from Sweden.
After fading from sight since its acquisition by a Belgian Collector at Christie’s 1990 Duxford auction, Hawker Fury replica G-BKBB is back in one piece following an engine rebuild. It is seen here at Booker on November 28, 1991, having just had its Kestrel started by the Shuttleworth Collection’s Hucks Starter, borrowed especially for the occasion.
Newly-restored Bristol Beaufort “DD931” at the BAE Museum's Cardington restoration centre in November 1991, awaiting its move to the main museum at Hendon for reassembly in early December. The aircraft, rebuilt from a number of Australian airframes, has passed the crucial test of scrutiny by members of the Beaufort Aircrews Association.
The RAF Museum's Beaufort assembled at Hawkins in Texas before shipment to the UK
In one piece at last: the Fleet Air Arm Museum's unique rebuilt Fairey Albacore "N4389" was rolled out at Yeovilton on October 29, 1991, at the end of a 17yr project. Reconstructed with components from four different Albacore crash sites in Scotland and Norway, and incorporating the tail section from the real N4389, the Albacore is "over 50 per cent original", says the museum. One of the wings has been rebuilt from salvaged parts; the other three are of wood, but are indistinguishable externally from the original. Financed principally by an anonymous former Albacore observer, and masterminded by restorer Viv Bellamy with help from the museum’s Society of Friends, the project has cost about £200,000.
A substantial amount of Hawker Demon, which is destined to take to the air again one day as K8203.