NEWARK AIR MUSEUM - News Release
Hangar One Update
Staff and volunteers at the Newark Air Museum are currently very busy in the southern corner of Hangar 1, where several interesting light aircraft rebuild projects are ongoing.
Perhaps the most illustrious project currently underway is the General Aircraft Monospar VH-UTH, which is now having major components refitted to the fuselage framework. Most recently this has seen the additional long-range fuel tank that was installed for its epic flight from Australia in 1962, refitted into the rear cockpit area.
Work is progressing nicely on Museum, Clutton FRED [Flying Runabout Experimental Design] Series 2 G-BJAD. Since its reassembly in the autumn, work has progressed at a steady pace and the glass-fibre engine cowling has recently been cut and fitted.
Work is also nearly complete on the assembly and rigging of the unusual Maxair Hummer G-MJCF single seat microlight, which is going to be displayed in an elevated position at the rear of the display space in Hangar 1. How the volunteers currently working on the project wish that the manufacturers “estimated set-up time of 10-20 minutes” could be achieved in the confines of Hangar 1
Progress being made
The restoration of General Aircraft Monospar VH-UTH at Newark Air Museum has recently received a significant boost from assistance provided by Ormonde Aircraft Limited [OAL]. Faced with the difficult task of forming an unusual shaped profile for the fuselage stringers, contact was made with Alan Purdy the owner of OAL who are based at the Nottingham Airport at Tollerton. Despite a full order book and an ongoing shortage of skilled workers, OAL were able to incorporate the forming of the Monospar stringers into their busy work schedule.
This has provided a major lift to the Monospar restoration at the museum’s Winthorpe Showground site by helping to solve a difficult problem for this major project. Since the Monospar returned to the museum in October 2007, volunteers under the supervision of the museum’s Restoration Manager have undertaken a significant evaluation of the project and the work needed to move it forward.
Having sorted out all the items that were returned from Innsworth work started in earnest at the end of February 2008 to realign the fuselage framework of the Monospar, which appears to have been damaged at some point during its flying career. A few weeks ago the Monospar was placed on trestles in Hangar 1 and this has allowed the pace of work to step up significantly. With the arrival of the stringers from OAL this impetus should now be maintained during the coming months.
Further progress reports will be issued later in the year, but the trustees of the Newark Air Museum are, “particularly grateful to Alan Purdy and everyone at Ormonde for assisting with the Monospar stringer profiles despite being very busy with their more traditional Spitfire and Warbird projects”