Help from Westminster is on the way for the UK’s pressured aviation heritage sector, as Nigel Price explains
PRESERVATION HERITAGE SECTOR
Britain had a thriving aviation industry in the post-war years, leading the world in many aspects including jet-engine development. New aircraft types – civilian and military – were being developed by a plethora of companies and there were countless General Aviation (GA) aerodromes and flying schools around the UK. Airshows were commonplace in the summer with flying days at the many RAF stations around Britain each year. Considerable interest abounded in the nation’s aeronautical past and museums were established, aircraft preserved, and classic types were overhauled or restored to fly.