Mu­seum will pro­tect icon of avi­a­tion for fu­ture

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A 1950’s air­craft which guarded the en­trance to an Anglesey RAF base for two decades, is now set­tled into its new home.

The 1955 Hunter T8 WV396 has greeted vis­i­tors to RAF Val­ley since 1997, but sta­tion bosses started look­ing for a new home after de­cid­ing it was time to re­place it with a more mod­ern Hawk T1.

Ear­lier this month, the 14,000lbs craft was trans­ported by road to Ta­cla Taid trans­port mu­seum, at New­bor­ough, whose own­ers aim to re­store the air­craft to her for­mer glory.

Chris Davies, a for­mer air­craft me­chanic who worked at RAF Val­ley, said: “Bring­ing the Hawker here is some­thing we’ve been look­ing to do for four or five years, but to get her here is bril­liant.

“As we are a trans­port mu­seum, RAF Val­ley is ob­vi­ously a huge part of the is­land’s trans­port his­tory, so we’re de­lighted to re­flect that.”

Chris, the son-in-law of Ta­cla Taid’s owner, Ar­fon Williams, hopes to make the most of his pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence as an air­craft me­chanic at the sta­tion.

“The plan is to re­paint her so that she looks more like she would have back in her prime,” he added.

“I also want to re­store the cock­pit area, re­plac­ing the but­tons and knobs where pos­si­ble.

“Thank­fully, she’s in a re­mark­ably good con­di­tion for an air­craft built so long ago and be­ing open to the el­e­ments for all these years.

“The fusilage is all pretty much in tact, which helps us a lot of course.”

The air­craft it­self was car­ried by lorry, with the wings trans­ported sep- er­ately on an­other low loader.

He added: “I’d like to thank Phoenix Met­als and MY Scaf­fold­ing for all their help in get­ting her over, as well as the RAF, of course.

“We hope to give the Hawker a good home as well as giv­ing many thou­sands more peo­ple the chance to see her up close and per­sonal.”

In a post on Face­book, RAF Val­ley said a Hawk T1 guard­ing the sta­tion’s gates will “bet­ter re­flect its’ Hawk her­itage”.

“A his­toric mo­ment for the sta­tion, and a new chap­ter for our friends at the Anglesey Trans­port Mu­seum, Ta­cla Taid.

“It’s great that the Hunter is be­ing pre­served and, bet­ter still, will re­main on the is­land.”

Chris Davies of Ta­cla Taid Trans­port Mu­seum at New­bor­ough, be­low, with the 1955 Hawker Hunter gate guardian, re­cently moved from RAF Val­ley

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