Fundraiser to move Shackleton to Elvington

A fundraising drive to move Avro Shackleton WR963 to Yorkshire Air Museum is making good progress – but still needs support

At the time of writing, a GoFundMe campaign had raised over 60% of its £10,000 target – its aim being to transport Avro Shackleton WR963 to its new home, Elvington’s Yorkshire Air Museum.

Nicknamed ‘Ermintrude’, the 1954-built machine has been preserved by the Shackleton Aviation Group at Coventry Airport for more than 30 years, but a redevelopment of the airport has led to it needing a new home.

Richard Wood, who has led the team caring for WR963, writes: ‘Rather than walk away, we looked for an alternative home for WR963, but it had to be an established museum, and one that would allow her to still continue to run her engines once there.

That place was Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, near York - a fantastic museum full of preserved, live, heritage aircraft. With such types as Buccaneer, Meteor, Victor... it’s a place the Shackleton could fit into like a missing puzzle piece in a Cold War history book.

In September we shut down the four Rolls Royce Griffon engines for the last time, and began dismantling WR963 to move by road; as she is incapable of making the trip by air safely after 32 years on the ground. We're now battling against parts that haven't come off the aircraft since its last major overhaul in 1988, winter weather, and rapidly dwindling funds.

The total costs of transportation (dismantling, equipment, cranes, trucks etc) stands at just under £25,000. We're asking for your help to raise just under half that amount to keep things moving forward, and get WR963 safely to Elvington.

To support the campaign, visit its GoFundMe page here.

The Shackleton running its engines at Coventry
The Shackleton running its engines at Coventry Via Yorkshire Air Museum