New Aircraft Exhbits at UK Museums

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Just wondering when last a UK based museum added an aircraft to its collection. I can't remember anything at all in the past year, but I may have missed where some of the surplus aircraft from the Gatwick Museum have moved to. Is the lack of activity a sign of the general financial situation, lack of available aircraft or are museums more aware of the commitment involved in taking in a new large exhibit? Apologies if I have forgotten or missed the news of an important addition to a collection.
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Probably the last major influx was the Nimrod disposal a few years back. Didn't Brooklands take on a VC-10 retired to Dunsfold? And there is still talk of 'Bob' going to Cosford eventually.

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A few additions/restorations/changes I can think of off the top of my head.. BCWM acquired the Phantom XV497 and Harrier ZD667 just over a year ago, with the nose of Phantom XV460 earlier this year. The Kestrel and EAP went on display at RAFM Cosford. VC-10 to Dunsfold to go to Brooklands VC-10 to Bruntingthorpe Classic Air Force have acquired a BAC 1-11, Harrier Gr3 and VC-10 Bournemouth acquired the nose of BAC 1-11 ZE432 Coventry got a Tornado Gr1 (or Gr4?) Wattisham acquired a Lynx AH7

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IWM Duxford Lynx AH7
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Elvington- Buccaneer XV168

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FAAM - Harrier T8 - ZB604

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Lynx AH7 to Museum of Army Flying The Assault Glider Project's Horsa Replica and Waco Hadrian transfered from RAF Shawbury to RAF Museum Cosford store.

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We at the east midlands aeropark have had WW442 Percival Provost which was acquired from Gatwick A.M, and XV108 VC10 front half of the fuselage !

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Brooklands Museum took possession of Sopwith Tabloid replica (actually built beautifully on site by volunteers) and, more recently, a Jet Provost moved in from Brooklands College to join their Jetstream. Also, last year, the museum received the nose of a Viscount. They now have one complete Viscount and two noses plus FOUR VC-10s - one complete at the museum, one complete 'active' at Dunsfold, a fatigue test nose section and a complete fuselage. How's that for multiples! Oh and two Concordes (one complete and one 40% scale model) and add to that some sections from a Concorde fatigue test airframe AND a Concorde simulator you can 'fly'.

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Thanks for the mention Dean. We have also acquired Phantom FGR.2 XV401. This was actually purchased by us whereas XV497 and XV460 are on loan.
BCWM acquired the Phantom XV497 and Harrier ZD667 just over a year ago, with the nose of Phantom XV460 earlier this year.
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Has anyone mentioned the Mirage to YAM at Elvington?
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That hasn't arrived yet Charlie!

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I hope Phantom XV401 was cheap ! Her wings were in a bad way when I last looked at Boscombe!
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That hasn't arrived yet Charlie!
No of course not, Blue! Apologies I am confusing it with the incumbent currently looking so trim after Andre's hard work!! Bet you can't wait to receive the lV as and when.....:o
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! Bet you can't wait to receive the lV as and when.....:o
I can't wait. :D The museums just up the road from me, and the IV is my favourite French aircraft of all. :cool:

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It was supposed to be coming when I went to Chateaudun? to collect the Mirage 538 way back in mid 1995 and it still has not arrived not even by road!! It will be long wait. Just wait and see

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Slingsby Cadet TX.3 WT918 to Aeropark and Ercoupe G-AVTT to South Yorkshire Air Museum Doncaster spring to mind!

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There was corrosion under the wings and elsewhere on the airframe. This has all been treated and repaired.
I hope Phantom XV401 was cheap ! Her wings were in a bad way when I last looked at Boscombe!
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During 2013, the Bristol Aero Collection added a reproduction Bristol Fighter, a dismantled Avro RJX, and the prototype Whitakker MW4 (technically the last aircraft to be build at Filton). Of course, the collection is not currently open to the public, although there are occasional group visits to the Brab hangar at Filton where all the exhibits are held. A.