Restoration Scene: A Night To Remember

A famous Douglas C-47 Skytrain at Coventry is being restored to fly, and will eventually return to Membury, its wartime base. Steve Beebee spoke to proud owner Charlie Walker

Douglas C-47A Skytrain 42100521 ‘Night Fright’ is taking shape at Coventry.

"I was sat in the office last year when I got a phone call from a producer One Television. They said they were looking to make a programme with Guy Martin about the big D-Day 75th anniversary, focusing on someone that’s restoring a C-47. Did I want my aircraft to be the subject of that? You bet I did!”

Rapid progress is being made on the C-47’s cockpit.

Charlie Walker, owner of Douglas C-47A Skytrain 42-100521 Night Fright, is remembering a conversation that brought his restoration project – a labour of love in the truest sense – into the public eye. The resulting documentary, Guy Martin’s D-Day Landing, was broadcast on Channel 4 last June and featured the engineer and broadcaster enthusiastically getting his hands dirty at Coventry Airport, where the storied Skytrain is being returned to flight.

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