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Current aircraft being restored to flight

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It's always nice to see an aircraft wreck being rebuilt and returned to the air so fellow aircraft fans what's being restored and returned to flight ?????
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Lots and lots. Just off the top of my head, in the UK....

Just Jane at East Kirkby
Proctor at Gt Oakley (although that's gone quiet recently)
Miles Mercury
Percival Q6 at Seething
Miles Sparrowhawk with Steve Jones
Various Spitfires at Biggin Hill
Harriers at St Athan, allegedly
Wildcat with ARCo
Firefly with ARCo
Various 109s and a Buchon at Sywell
Wildcats with Matt Pettit
Spitfire XII at Sywell
Sea King HAS3 at Chard
Typhoon RB396
Gnat F1 at North Weald
Gnat T1 at North Weald
Beaufighter at Duxford seems to be being restarted
C-47 'Night Fright' at Coventry
Sundry assorted late-Mark Spitfires and Seafires with Tim Manna at Old Warden
Beagle Pup prototype at Turweston
Westland Widgeon at Durley (?)
Chipmunk for Historic Army Aircraft at Middle Wallop
Slingsby SE5a full-scale movie replica at Sywell
Bf 109E with Retrotec
Audax with Retrotec (on hold?)
Hurricane two-seater with Hawker Restorations
Hangar 11's Spitfire IX
Tempest II at Sywell
Christophe Jaquard's Spitfire PRXIX at Duxford with Historic Flying
Plus various 'secret squirrel' projects

And I'm sure a bunch that I've forgotten

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An old Urban legend says Canberra WK163 will be restored to flight.

Avro Lancaster NX611 'Just Jane'

Hawker Typhoon MkIb RB396

Army Air Corps Skeeter & Chipmunk

Navy Wings Sea Vixen

And a couple of Mosqueto's from memory.

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Mike wrote:Lots and lots. Just off the top of my head, in the UK....

Just Jane at East Kirkby
Proctor at Gt Oakley (although that's gone quiet recently)
Miles Mercury
Percival Q6 at Seething
Miles Sparrowhawk with Steve Jones
Various Spitfires at Biggin Hill
Harriers at St Athan, allegedly
Wildcat with ARCo
Firefly with ARCo
Various 109s and a Buchon at Sywell
Wildcats with Matt Pettit
Spitfire XII at Sywell
Sea King HAS3 at Chard
Typhoon RB396
Gnat F1 at North Weald
Gnat T1 at North Weald
Beaufighter at Duxford seems to be being restarted
C-47 'Night Fright' at Coventry
Sundry assorted late-Mark Spitfires and Seafires with Tim Manna at Old Warden
Beagle Pup prototype at Turweston
Westland Widgeon at Durley (?)
Chipmunk for Historic Army Aircraft at Middle Wallop
Slingsby SE5a full-scale movie replica at Sywell
Bf 109E with Retrotec
Audax with Retrotec (on hold?)
Hurricane two-seater with Hawker Restorations
Hangar 11's Spitfire IX
Tempest II at Sywell
Christophe Jaquard's Spitfire PRXIX at Duxford with Historic Flying
Plus various 'secret squirrel' projects

And I'm sure a bunch that I've forgotten

What a list! :drool:

Aside from that, can only think of the Walrus with ARC.

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Vampire XE956 is supposedly under restoration to flight at the South Wales Aviation Museum at St Athan. But UKHAT claim to be involved, so I've no idea how viable it is, but it appears to be GJD doing the work, not UKHAT, so the former might just be taggers-on. Looked decent enough when I went on Sunday considering it was in bits last year.

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Think ukhat have stopped being involved with the vampire.
I believe there are 2 gnat T.1 at North weald under restoration
Also Shackleton at Coventry but that's gone a little quiet.
DH.53 at old warden is progressing well
1 &1/2 strutter in Scotland
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Hurricane at Little Gransden

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UKTopgun wrote:Hurricane at Little Gransden

Not to fly, taxiable only

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Mike wrote:Westland Widgeon at Durley (?)


Would love to know more about this project!

Wes...

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Seemed to be a quest to restore to flight a Fairey Gannet (XL500) but hard to find any recent update?

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Sea Hornet

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wezgulf3 wrote:
Mike wrote:Westland Widgeon at Durley (?)


Would love to know more about this project!

Wes...

https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/

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There was a post on here a few weeks back about a swordfish, or bits of one at least, arriving in the uk. Don’t know if it’s intended to be a flier or not?

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Mike wrote:
UKTopgun wrote:Hurricane at Little Gransden

Not to fly, taxiable only

Ah did not realise that!

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This is an interesting thread.

Perhaps an admin could make a sticky to be updated with a comprehensive list?

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Not UK but I'm sure many would like to see. JU87

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Mooshie1956 wrote:Not UK but I'm sure many would like to see. JU87

https://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=82568

As well as the Ju 87, the late Paul Allen's collection also have an He 111 (Casa 2111), Fw 189, Me 262 and supposedly a Ju 88 and Betty under restoration to fly.

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starbuck wrote:There was a post on here a few weeks back about a swordfish, or bits of one at least, arriving in the uk. Don’t know if it’s intended to be a flier or not?

It flew for a while in Canada about 7 or 8 years ago. The engine is knackered, and questions remain about the wingspars based on issues found by the RNHF on their examples. Who the owner is, and what his plans are for it, have yet to be publicly revealed.

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boff180 wrote:Sea Hornet

Work has not yet started AFAIK, the owners are still at the stage of gathering parts and data.

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I'm led to believe that the Tempest II is mere months away from flight. :clap:

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Mike wrote:
Mooshie1956 wrote:Not UK but I'm sure many would like to see. JU87

https://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=82568

As well as the Ju 87, the late Paul Allen's collection also have an He 111 (Casa 2111), Fw 189, Me 262 and supposedly a Ju 88 and Betty under restoration to fly.

On that note, what ever happened to the Casa 2111 at Duxford?

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The Casa 2.111 thats at Duxford, is in the process of being brought by the Kent Battle of Britain museum at Hawkinge. Hopefully the sale goes through.

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Recent news reports suggest a TU-2 is being restored to flight by Aviarestavratsiya.

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Wildcat at Duxford is likely to be flying towards the end of the year or if not, the beginning of 2020.

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