Bruntingthorpe pulling the plug on the aviation side.

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Quite so Howard - I hope everything is as well as can be with you?

My former second home at the de Havilland Museum is also struggling - now they have the new hangar complete and full, they really needed to be able to fill it with visitors, and with corporate functions this year - which of course, they cannot now do.

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Not too bad given the devastating circumstances for everyone concerned with Covid-19 and the associated 'fall-out' the real challenge is going to be trying to restart in a viable manner - mini-update just about to be added to the briefing thread!

Lots of people offering exhibits!!!

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'Lots of people offering exhibits' - Hmm, I wonder where from....

Hope all goes well for you.

 

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Perhaps I ought to have thought bit more about the positioning of that comment - for clarification it's not as obvious as the original comment may have implied!

Strange times, that will no doubt get even stranger!!

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29 JUL 2020 — 

STATEMENT TO CHANGE.ORG RE AVIATION ACTIVITIES AT BRUNTINGTHORPE

We wish to confirm that the statement given to you by Peter Bell of Cox Automotive UK on 25 June correctly represents the facts.

We confirm that the Aviation activities carried on at Bruntingthorpe were not acquired by Cox Automotive when they acquired the automotive vehicle services business of C Walton Ltd in March of this year. The Aviation activities, including responsibility for the historic aircraft, remain under the control of a Company owned by the former Directors of C Walton Ltd.

There are no plans to scrap any of the historic British aircraft currently onsite. We have reached agreement with a number of organisations to rehome several of the historic aircraft and are actively pursuing the possibility of establishing an aviation museum upon land adjacent to the Airfield at Bruntingthorpe, but there are a number of practical implications which will determine whether this will ultimately be viable.

As and when there is any further information we shall make further announcements, but in the meantime we confirm that whilst we are working with Cox Automotive upon the possibility of hosting aircraft adjacent to the main entrance gate house, they are not involved in the day to day aspects of managing the Aviation activities and attempting to safeguard the historic British aircraft. 

All further enquiries concerning the Aviation activities formerly carried out at Bruntingthorpe, and the historic aircraft, should be directed to Dave Walton at dave@airfield-storage.com.

20 July 2020

 

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PETITION UPDATE

More media coverage and VC-10 specific update

Oliver Burden

East Grinstead, ENG, United Kingdom

30 JUL 2020 — 

BBC News have picked up the story and focussed on the fate of the VC-10: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-53528017

The VC-10 team have also posted a GoFund me perfectly underscoring the scale of the financial hurdle that the teams supporting these aircraft have to face if the current terms are enforced:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/vc10-rescue-and-relocation

The petition is still growing strong. Thank you to everyone who has been signing and sharing.

I will be following up on some contact this week and hopefully have some more updates to post. 

PETITION UPDATE

More media coverage and VC-10 specific update

Oliver Burden

East Grinstead, ENG, United Kingdom

30 JUL 2020 — 

BBC News have picked up the story and focussed on the fate of the VC-10: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-53528017

The VC-10 team have also posted a GoFund me perfectly underscoring the scale of the financial hurdle that the teams supporting these aircraft have to face if the current terms are enforced:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/vc10-rescue-and-relocation

The petition is still growing strong. Thank you to everyone who has been signing and sharing.

I will be following up on some contact this week and hopefully have some more updates to post. 

PETITION UPDATE

More media coverage and VC-10 specific update

Oliver Burden

East Grinstead, ENG, United Kingdom

30 JUL 2020 — 

BBC News have picked up the story and focussed on the fate of the VC-10: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-53528017

The VC-10 team have also posted a GoFund me perfectly underscoring the scale of the financial hurdle that the teams supporting these aircraft have to face if the current terms are enforced:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/vc10-rescue-and-relocation

The petition is still growing strong. Thank you to everyone who has been signing and sharing.

I will be following up on some contact this week and hopefully have some more updates to post.