Re-engineering Brooklands September 2016
As the new Flight Shed nears completion, we now prepare for the next stage of Re-Engineering Brooklands. We apologise for the disruption on site while we are carrying out this exciting £8Million Heritage Lottery Funded Project. The project will include:
- The restoration and relocation of our WW2 Wellington Hangar, redisplaying it as the Brooklands Aircraft Factory with new interactive displays
- Construction of a new ‘Flight Shed’ to house more of our aircraft, a new Workshop and Archive Store
- The restoration of the Finishing Straight, on which the Wellington Hangar currently stands
The Wellington Hangar is now closed to visitors and in the first three weeks of September its contents were relocated. The Hangar has now been handed over to our contractors.
The Vickers Wellington is back on public view in its new pavilion near Concorde and the Vickers Vimy will be back on view soon, but some of our smaller aircraft will not be back on display until late summer 2017, when the new displays open (please see over for full details). However, our other aircraft, including Concorde and all of the airliners in the Vickers Aircraft Park, are open as usual - as are all of our motoring displays and the London Bus Museum.
Our contractors will be carefully dismantling the Hangar from October and it will be sent off site for restoration, returning later in the year to be reconstructed on its new site south of the Flight Shed.
AIRCRAFT ON PUBLIC VIEW IN SEPTEMBER
Aircraft in the Vickers Aircraft Park:
Concorde, Sultan of Oman‘s VC10, Vickers Wellington R for Robert (Building near Concorde), Vickers Viscount, Vickers Vanguard, BAC One Eleven, VC10 Fuselage ‘Victor Mike’ (from 2nd September), Vickers Varsity, Vickers Viking Airliner, Viscount cockpit section X575, BAC Jet Provost and BAC Jetstream.
In and around the Stratosphere Chamber and outside the Hangar:
Hawker Hunters (one dismantled), Hawker Siddeley P1127, Supermarine Swift Fuselage, Vickers Vanguard Cockpit, Roe 1 Biplane, Vickers Valiant Cockpit
AIRCRAFT ON VIEW AFTER BEING MOVED
Vickers Vimy (Building behind Concorde) - from early October
AIRCRAFT NOT ON VIEW UNTIL LATE SUMMER 2017
Sopwith Camel, Sopwith Tabloid, Demoiselle, Hawker Hurricane, Vickers Viking Amphibian, Hawker Fury, RAF SE5A, Hawker Harrier, AVRO 504K, Wellington fuselage walk-through and the Vickers Guided Weapons.