Aeroplane Monthly 1987-08
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Brief glory
CHRIS BURKETT’S photograph had already gone to press when we heard the heartrending news of the demise of the British Aerial Museum's immaculate Bristol Blenheim IV at Denham on June 21, 1987. This photo is offered as a tribute to the fine work carried out by an exceptional team of enthusiasts.
The Blenheim performing at Duxford on the occasion of its “official first flight” on May 29, 1987. It had actually made its first post-restoration flight a week before, on May 22.
G-MKIV shows off its clean undersurfaces. The aircraft's carefully researched colour scheme represents V6028 “GB-D” of 105 Sqn, flown by Wg Cdr “Hughie” Edwards VC.
The Blenheim over the East Anglian countryside near Duxford on May 29, 1987. The photo was taken by CHRIS BURKETT from the British Aerial Museum's Beech D18S, G-BKGL.
G-MKIV undergoing engine runs on its two Bristol Mercury XXs at Duxford on July 29, 1986. At that stage the outer wing panels had yet to be fitted, and the aircraft was still in primer finish.
The Blenheim nearing completion at Duxford on April 12, 1987.
The Blenheim over the East Anglian countryside near Duxford on May 29, 1987. The photo was taken by CHRIS BURKETT from the British Aerial Museum's Beech D18S, G-BKGL.
The Blenheim approaches fast and low over Duxford Airfield on May 29, 1987, in the hands of John Larcombe. CHRIS BURKETT photograph.
Left: The aircraft at Duxford on June 19, 1976. Its restoration was begun by Ormond Haydon-Baillie, who had recovered it from a farm near Winnipeg, Canada in the summer of 1973.
Right: G-MKIV taking shape at Duxford on September 16, 1984. Note the neat workmanship.
Graham Warner, the proud owner of G-MKIV and the driving force behind its restoration to pristine flying condition.
A happy restoration team at Duxford on May 29 this year, about to put the Blenheim through its paces in front of the press for the first time.
John Romain, chief engineer on the Blenheim project.
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