On 18th October 2012, a significant milestone was recorded in the on-going rebuild of General Aircraft Monospar VH-UTH at Newark Air Museum.
This came in the form of the fitting of the first part of recently recovered and repainted section of fin to the rear of the airframe. The fin has been fitted to allow the museum volunteers to check the alignment of the top set of fuselage stringers, which meet at fillet joint in front of the fin.
Work has also been completed on the rudder and tail plane, which are also now resplendent in the original 'Peacock Blue' colours that VH-UTH wore on its epic flight from Australia in the early 1960s. During the coming weeks these additional sections may also be fitted to the airframes, to assist the volunteers in finalising the correct fuselage alignment.
The second photograph shows that then tail plane has now been fitted which will assist with the complex re-alignment work on the fuselage.
Photo Credits: Howard Heeley - Down To Earth Promotions