...and pre­pares for the Lan­caster

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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

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