Brooklands Valiant cockpit restoration

Brooklands Museum’s Matthew Haswell explained in the November 2016 issue of FlyPast how volunteers were rejuvenating a Valiant cockpit

Only one Valiant V-bomber survives intact, XD818 displayed at the RAF Museum’s National Cold War Exhibition at Cosford, Shropshire. However, four cockpit sections are extant, the most significant of which is held by the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey. Brooklands-built, this example dropped 1,000-pounder bombs in anger in 1956 and was the last of its breed to fly.

Recently, a team of four museum volunteers started to restore this rare ‘home-grown’ exhibit. The cockpit of Valiant BK.1 XD816 arrived at Brooklands nearly 30 years ago and was in need of refurbishing.

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