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Out out!

With winter, technically, behind us, it was good to be out and about again yesterday at our first event of the year. We exhibited at the event alongside the former BA ‘Landor’ Boeing 747, G-BNLY, which is preserved at Dunsfold. Unfortunately, spring didn’t get the memo; it was freezing!

Heavy ice on the van windscreen under clear blue skies in the hotel car park was the precursor to the archetypal airfield location and the stiff north easterly breeze blowing directly across it. Despite the bright start, the showers were gathering from mid-morning onward but our brand new gazebo performed quite well as a windbreak. It kept us - and our stock - dry and saw an influx of visitors with each passing snow flurry.

It was great to catch up with some previous clients and meet lots of new fellow avgeeks. The showers were infrequent enough for the photographers to capture their images. As ever, and perhaps not surprisingly given the location, our 747 pieces proved popular and we were able to give a first outing to our latest additions to the range in the form of KLM and Cathay Pacific airframes, along with some old favourites from BA and Virgin.

We’ve popped some of those over on the Members’ Area page for those of you who were unable to attend yesterday.

As the day visitors gradually left, the ‘nightshooters‘ took their places and we’ve no doubt they captured some amazing images... These are our iPhone efforts before the sun set!

This is our third event at Dunsfold and we think that the Negus and BOAC liveried machines will have future public access at some future point.

It was great to see ‘Landor’ (ground) powered up with her anti-collision and nav. lights on and this location offers unprecedented close up access to the 747 of the like few outside the industry will ever have.

As we left the site, the setting sun traced a path along the fuselage, which seemed poignant as the the type gradually disappears from passenger service.

Our 747 work continue, several polished sections will leave the workshop this week and more are still ‘in progress’. We’re down to single figures in some cases now in our remaining sections from the BA fleet. G-CIVK, VO, G-BYGE, GF & GG are currently ‘in stock’, G-BYGD is most likely next for scrapping, followed by GA, which spells the end of the BA fleet that are destined to meet that fate.

If you haven’t placed your order yet, now would be a good time. We are now able to offer interest free, extended payment terms using Klarna, simply select that option at checkout.

There are other, non-747 projects underway and we’re particularly excited to be working on another aviation icon in the months ahead. BAe Hawk T.1 was the longest serving Red Arrow. Her original wings are now with us. Watch this space….

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