We have performed many restoration projects on our exhibits over the years from complete nut and bolt rebuilds to cosmetic overhauls and everything in between! Here is a selection of the projects we have completed and those that are in progress on site.
While some of the ongoing projects are visible to the public, most are worked on inside the Workshop which isn't publicly accessible. If you'd like to see behind the scenes and see what goes on in the workshop and museum storage areas, Check out our 'Events' Page for details about our 'Backlot Tours'.
Avro Vulcan B.2 XL388 restored over an 18 month period into its 1963 scheme worn for a flypast over Boston, Lincs to celebrate RAF Coningsby being awarded the freedom of the town. XL388 then flew on to Boston, Massachusetts, USA and was named the 'Mayflower III'. Work is ongoing to restore electrical power to some of the cockpit systems.
Next on the museums restoration list is English Electric Lightning F.3 XP706. Withdrawn from RAF Service in 1985, 706 arrived at SYAM in 2002 and has been awaiting restoration since. The project will be one of the largest the museum has undertaken, with the fuselage and cockpit to be split in order to replace the wings for a complete set currently in storage.
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Vickers Varsity T.1 WJ903 is currently in the final stages of its restoration, with the final touches to the paint scheme required. The work has seen all cockpit glazings replaced, and an extensive internal restoration has seen power restored to the cockpit and the cockpits lighting systems returned to operational status.
Meteor T.7 WA662 has been one of our long-term projects and is now nearing completion. Having been stored and subsequently restored in sections over the years, WA662 is just waiting for its starboard outer wing to be finished before all major works have been completed. The aircraft is now on display in the main hangar.
Auster J1N G-AHHP is one of our ongoing restoration projects and has seen it go from a bare frame to a nearly complete aircraft. G-AHHP has an interesting backstory, having been stolen from Sywell airfield in November 1950 and flown to France at night by Bryn Fussell, a borstal escapee with limited flying experience!