Campaigns launched to fund major Vulcan and Shackleton projects

Newark Air Museum has launched a pair of fundraising campaigns to assist with major restoration projects on two of its Avro airframes.

Shackleton WR977 – which was acquired by the museum last December – is due to undergo significant structural repairs relating to both main undercarriage assemblies.

The money raised will go towards the installation of jacking plinths and fabricating jacking pads/heads to allow the main landing gear legs on the piston bomber to be repaired.

Avro Shackleton WR977 was acquired by the museum in December 2021 in the knowledge that some significant structural repairs were required.
Avro Shackleton WR977 was acquired by the museum in December 2021 in the knowledge that some significant structural repairs were required. Newark Air Musuem

“Until this work has been completed, we are unable to re-open this particular aircraft for our fabulous cockpit tours,” a statement from the museum said.

The other subject of the museum’s fundraising efforts is Vulcan XM594, which is in line for repainting work on its upper wing surfaces. The money raised will go towards the cost of hiring and installing scaffolding.

The work on Vulcan XM594 is anticipated to take up to ten weeks and on certain occasions could limit the public access to the aircraft.
The work on Vulcan XM594 is anticipated to take up to ten weeks and on certain occasions could limit the public access to the aircraft. Newark Air Museum

During next week, the metal structure will be erected at the nose and on the starboard wing of bomber, which was also acquired in December last year. This will allow museum painting teams to move onto the aircraft to carry out some much-needed refurbishment and repainting work during the summertime.

It is anticipated that the work will take up to ten weeks to complete and on certain occasions it could limit the public access to the aircraft.

Donations for the Shackleton project can be made here, while the Vulcan campaign can be supported here.