The trustees and volunteers at the Newark Air Museum (NAM) have received a fund-raising boost thanks to the generosity of the British Aviation Research Group (BARG).
Having been advised about the museum’s much needed refurbishment and repainting work on Avro Vulcan XM594, members of the BARG DVD Implementation Team have agreed to meet the cost of the paint and associated materials.
The museum took ownership of Vulcan XM594 in December last year in the knowledge that some significant structural repairs and repainting work was required on the huge delta winged aircraft.
The museum received a letter from BARG earlier this year, asking if it had any military aircraft preservation projects that required financial support. In response the museum applied to the organisation in relation to the materials required for the Vulcan repaint.
“We are extremely grateful to BARG for their generous support of the repainting work on Vulcan XM594,” said Howard Heeley, Newark Air Museum trustee. “Their contribution is being made as and when we purchase the paint, and it allows us to proceed at a steady pace that makes the most of the sometimes-changeable British weather.”
BARG’s history dates back to the 1950s when a group of young enthusiasts started a monthly publication reporting aircraft sightings at Blackbushe Airport (then London’s second airport). The group expanded and became a byword for military aviation enthusiasts. Eventually BARG transferred its publications and research data onto searchable DVDs, which were sold around the world. The proceeds from these sales have enabled BARG to support projects such as NAM’s Vulcan repaint project.