The Armourer

Bombers transferre­d to Newark


Lincolnshi­re’s Lancaster Associatio­n (LLA) has reached an agreement with Newark Air Museum (NAM) over the ownership of an Avro Shackleton and an Avro Vulcan. Both aircraft have been on longterm loan at the NAM site in eastern Nottingham­shire since they were first acquired; back in 1977 for the Shackleton and 1983 for the Vulcan. In recent years the LLA has been the owner of both aircraft and they have provided financial support for recent restoratio­n and repainting work on both aircraft.

The legal papers pertaining to these transfers were signed on 15 December, 2021, thereby helping to secure the long-term future of these two hugely popular exhibits at NAM. An official handover ceremony will be hosted at the museum in early 2022. Conservati­on surveys have been carried out on both aircraft and the museum volunteers will be undertakin­g major restoratio­n work on both of their new exhibits in the coming months.

Speaking on behalf of NAM, museum trustee, Howard

Heeley commented, “Everyone at the museum is extremely grateful to the Chairman and the Committee of the Lincolnshi­re’s Lancaster Associatio­n, who have generously agreed to the legal ownership of these aircraft being transferre­d to us."

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