It would have been nice many years ago for the foresight to have kept an airfield with a long enough runway to have been home to a proper museum with one of each type (at least) to have retired there and been preserved. Sadly that time passed long ago and the (now) two RAFM sites were/are not readily designed to take either live aircraft or large exhibits. The real estate has all been sold off where not wanted, take an ideal centrally located, long runway example such as Gaydon - it would have been the perfect choice. Its certainly not going to happen in the future. Types in service such as Globemasters and Atlases will be too valuable for their spare parts to keep the rest of the world fleet in the air and get parted out probably before they get a chance to fly into Cosford, even if there was room by then, look at the Sentries flying back to the USA now. Someone mentioned numbers of Tristars preserved abroad, I don't think there will be too many in the end.
The Beverley will be a great shame if its lost and gone forever but it joins a long list of even more important types never preserved in this country, when you look at Stirlings, Halifaxes, Whitleys etc and the sacrifices the crews of those gave. Look at the number(s) of military Argosies and Andovers preserved in the UK and the amount that had been broken up and its not just a trend of the future.
They are lucky in the USA, their major retirement facility is huge and spacious and if something needs to be kept there is no need to break it in a hurry, unless the Iranians operate them, and they can always just drag it across the road to the museum, shift the fence a little further.
Its a great pity with Bruntingthorpe, so many good aircraft assembled there and many live runners, too easy to take for granted I suppose, no idea what the answer is to saving some of the larger airframes is going to be though, Mr Walton's three airframes aside, costs simply outweigh logic. Why anyone wants to operate a costly VC10 or Tristar when there are going to be a glut of more economical airframes becoming available is also strange, yes initial conversion cost, perhaps but if its an already certified tanker type with existing airframe and engine support? Seems just a pity that the new people in charge are in such a rush to close the place down or be destroyed forever in their apparent attitude to aviation.
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