Taking the Blackburn Beverley to the brink

How did we end up in a situation where the last remaining Blackburn Beverley had to be saved from a possible demise? In general, the big British airlifter hasn’t enjoyed the happiest life in preservation 

They did it. The Solway Aviation Museum, as you will just have read, raised more than £60,000 to secure the future of Beverley XB259, and in so doing prevented the type from disappearing in complete form. It is an outstanding achievement. But it begs some important questions. How had we ended up in a position where an independent museum of necessarily limited means and a crowd-funding campaign were all that stood between an important RAF aeroplane and extinction? And why does it matter?

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