NEWARK AIR MUSEUM - News Release

NEWARK AIR MUSEUM - News Release

Newark Air Museum - Autumn Update

Various under cover restoration projects are the current focus of attention for staff and volunteers at the Newark Air Museum; several of these reflect the importance of the museum's Training theme displays.

In Hangar 2 work has now been completed on the restoration of a Link Aviation Devices Inc synthetic trainer [Link Trainer]. This particular unit is now in an operational condition and illustrates an important part of World War II pilot training.

Now that the external repaint of Vickers Varsity WF369 has been completed attention has switched to the inside of this important navigation trainer. The student seating in the rear of the airframe has been removed and this area along with the seats is currently being restored. Other areas being worked on include the cockpit area and the bomb aiming position. All of these tasks are being made simpler by the installation of low voltage lighting that replicates the levels of ambient lighting that trainees would have operated in during the aircraft's training days.

Another training aircraft displayed in Hangar 2, Scottish Aviation Jetstream XX492 has also been receiving some internal restoration attention. In recent months many of the missing interior fittings have been replaced, although the museum is still keen to locate several missing items. Anyone who has any leads concerning Jetstream fittings is asked to contact the museum.

Perhaps the most illustrious project currently underway at the museum is the General Aircraft Monospar VH-UTH. The restoration team continue to make steady progress on routing the control cables and pitot tube fittings throughout the airframe, but this programme has been slightly delayed by the need to 'scratch-build' several missing items. This work is expected to be completed shortly, after which the wings will be removed to allow the fabric to be applied.


Jetstream

Jetstream

Link Trainer

Monospar

Varsity

Varsity





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