Earlier this week Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF14 WS739 (7961M) was moved over onto Newark Air Museum's Southfield site. This move follows its long-term restoration; recent reassembly; and the application of the 25 Squadron markings that it last wore between 1954 and 1958, whilst operating with the Squadron from both RAF Tangmere and RAF Waterbeach.
WS739 originally arrived at Winthorpe Airfield in January 1984 and it also flew with both 1 and 2 Air Navigation Schools; and was the gate guardian at RAF Church Fenton between 1969 and 1975.
The move was completed on Wednesday 14th March under the guidance of the museum's Restoration Manager, John Rankin and thanks to the assistance of museum staff and volunteers. Meteor NF14 WS739 is listed as a 'Significant' airframe on the National Aviation Heritage Register and is now located in its new display position on the recently finished 'hard-standing area' over on the museum's Southfield Site. Its careful positioning still allows access for forthcoming museum events like the Tribute to the V-Force event and the Cockpit-Fest / Aeroboot event in June.
The move has freed up a good space in front of Display Hangar 1, which will allow other projects to be undertaken in that area.
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