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Restorations

We Know What It Takes

We have gained extensive experience in restoring a variety of ex-military aircraft to flying condition whilst building trusted realationships with their owners.

Whether the aircraft is a type which has flown before in British skies or has never been seen in the air since retirement, we believe that no project is without merit and beyond possibility.

 Our engineers have built their knowledge of tackling large projects through experience and we believe we can produce a freshly restored aircraft to as high a standard as you will find anywhere in the world.

Previous successful projects

include:

  • Westland Lynx AH.7 XZ179 (G-NCKS)

  • Westland Scout AH.1 XR595 (G-BWHU)

  • Westland Scout AH.1 XW283 (G-CIMX)

  • Westland Scout AH.1 XV138 (G-SASM)

  • Westland Scout AH.1 XP884 (G-WDST)

  • Westland Scout - AH.1 XW613 (G-BXRS)

  • Westland Wasp HAS.1 No.92 (G-BYCX)
     

  • Hawker Sea Fury T.20 VX281 (G-RNHF)

  • Westland Wasp HAS.1 NZ3909

  • BAC Jet Provost - MK 3

  • BAC Jet Provost - MK 4

  • BAC Jet Provost - MK 5

  • BAC Jet Provost - T52

  • Aero Vodochody L-39 Albetros

  • Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin

  • de Havilland Venom 112

  • de Havilland Vampire

  • Folland Gnat

  • BAC 167 Strike Master MK80A

Current ongoing projects

include:

  • Westland Lynx HMA.8 ZD252

  • Westland Lynx HMA.8 ZD266

  • BAC 167 - Strike Master MK88/80

Static Projects

include:

  •  Hawker Harrier

  • English Electric Lightening

  • Hawker Hunter F1

  • Western Scout AH-1

  • Bell H-13 Souix 

  • Vampire T11

  • Goblin Engine

Previous Aircraft Restoration Projects

Westland Lynx AH.7 XZ179 (G-NCKS)

One of our marquee projects, XZ179 spent several years on the ground after leaving military service.

When she came to us she was in need of an extensive rebuild. After two and a half years of work, including removal and replacement of all major components, '179 returned to the skies in December 2021 becoming only the second Lynx Mk.7 to fly in civil hands.   

Hawker Sea Fury T.20 VX281 (G-RNHF)

After suffering an engine failure and subsequent landing accident during the 2014 RNAS Culdrose air show, VX281 came to us for damage appraisal, repair and engine rebuild. Making use of our specialised piston engine overhaul facility, a new Bristol Centaurus Mk.XVIII and propeller assembly were completely overhauled for use.  The extensive damage to her airframe was also expertly repaired by our engineers, resulting in the aircraft flying again in September of 2017.

Westland Wasp HAS.1 No.92 (G-BYCX)

As a veteran of the South African Navy, G-BYCX is unique among airworthy Wasps in wearing her original South African markings. After having spent many years in storage, No.92 received a major overhaul and returned to flight in September of 2017. Since then she has become even more unique after becoming the only airworthy Wasp to have her flotation gear fitted, which required extensive discussions with the CAA to be approved.

Westland Scout AH.1 XV138 (G-SASM)

As a uniquely historic airframe having flown in support of the Iranian embassy siege operation as part of the SAS response, XV138 represented an exciting project for us to complete. After an extensive major overhaul/restoration process which included a full respray and replacement/inspection of many components, '138 would fly again in March of 2022.

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