...and prepares for the Lancaster
The Stephenson Hangar, the Aircraft Restoration Company’s (ARC) newly constructed hangar at Duxford, was officially opened by Air Marshal Stuart Atha, RAF Deputy Commander Operations, on 16 September. It is so named in memory of Air Commodore Geoffrey Dalton Stephenson, who led No 19 Squadron while based at RAF Duxford in WII.
The hangar has been built initially to accommodate the BBMF Lancaster during the major maintenance programme that ARC is to undertake from late October 2016. John Romain, ARC’S managing director said: “This new facility will enhance our engineering and flying capabilities and enforces the view that Duxford is the centre of excellence for historic aircraft restoration and operation. Work on this aircraft and the following projects can be viewed by visitors to IWM Duxford from a spectators’ gallery which forms part of the new hangar.” Spitfire Ia N3200, which was flown by Stephenson before it crash-landed on a beach near Calais in May 1940, and was subsequently recovered and flown again in March 2014, was on display in the hangar for the opening ceremony.
Air Marshal Stuart Atha officially opens the Stephenson hangar
Restored Spitfire Ia N3200 was flown by Geoffrey Dalton Stephenson in 1940