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GYPSY MAJOR ENGINE REFURBISHMENT

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE DE HAVILLAND AIRCRAFT MUSEUM, HOME OF THE MOSQUITO AIRCRAFT MUSEUM Date: July 6th, 2016 REFURBISHMENT of this sectioned de Havilland Gipsy Major 1 petrol engine is nearing completion at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall, London Colney, Herts. Volunteers Peter Coard (left) and Roderick Coleman are pictured here checking torque settings of the bearings of the crankshaft, which had been removed when the entire engine was dismantled for checking. The unit, which does not have a serial number, is believed to have been built by de Havilland at its Hatfield factory
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FRENCH INTERNS

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE DE HAVILLAND AIRCRAFT MUSEUM, HOME OF THE MOSQUITO AIRCRAFT MUSEUM Date: June 21st, 2016 TWO FRENCH aeronautical engineering undergraduates have become the first ever Interns at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall, London Colney. They joined the museum, the country’s oldest and only one dedicated to a single aircraft manufacturer, last week. (WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 20TH) With three years of their five-year degree course behind them, the Laval University, Paris, pair Quentin Andres and Gregory Nicol, both 20, are enthusiastic about working with the volunteers restoring and preserving some of Britain’s
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Comet G-ANAV for mags

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE DE HAVILLAND AIRCRAFT MUSEUM, HOME OF THE MOSQUITO AIRCRAFT MUSEUM Date: May 6th, 2016 WITH the arrival of another of the historic Comet of the 1950s the de Havilland Aircraft Museum now has four examples of the Hatfield-designed and built world’s first commercial jet passenger aircraft. The nose section of the Comet, registered to British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as G-ANAV, has been donated to the museum by the Science Museum, and it is planned to make it a major “hands-on” attraction at the popular family day-out venue at Salisbury Hall, London Colney.
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IT’S HARD LABOUR FOR MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE DE HAVILLAND AIRCRAFT MUSEUM, HOME OF THE MOSQUITO AIRCRAFT MUSEUM Date: March 11th, 2016 AIRCRAFT restoration volunteers have been putting in Herculean efforts to ensure that their museum was not only ready to open to the public on Sunday 6th March but was also totally reorganised for construction work to start on the foundations of a big new hangar. In the space of just two months the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall, London Colney, has had a large temporary hangar erected on a new extension to the site and many of
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CIVIC LEADERS START MUSEUM PROJECT

TWO civic leaders officially started a major development project at the country’s oldest aircraft museum on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.. And after they had dug special spades into the ground to ceremonially start work on the newdisplay hangar at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney, the Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere, Cllr Peter Rutledge, and Deputy Mayor Cllr Jane West announced that the Heritage Lottery Fund had just given the museum permission to start developing its detailed proposals as part of its application for £1.5million funding for the project. “This museum is a very special place, and is crucial
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Mosquito Prototype Restoration Celebration

                 CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF THE ONE AND ONLY MOSQUITO SEVENTY-five years ago to the minute it was rolled out of its hangar for its maiden flight, the prototype of one of Britain’s most iconic aeroplanes reprised that event on Wednesday (November 25th). The de Havilland Mosquito, glistening in its newly applied paintwork at the end of a five-year full restoration project aided by a £41,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, is the star resident at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum in the grounds of historic Salisbury Hall, London Colney, Herts. Its 75th anniversary
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Highlighting the Apprentices

De Havilland’s Aeronautical Technical School is remembered with the creation of a new exhibition about it at the museum. It was originally set up in Stag Lane, Edgware, North London in 1928 and among its apprentices and fee-paying students were the co-founders of Airspeed, which became a subsidiary of de Havilland and designed and built prototypes at the museum site of its famous Horsa troop-carrying glider, used by British airborne troops in the D-Day Invasion and in the Operation Market-Garden bid to secure the River Rhine bridge at Arnhem. One of the Airspeed founders, Neville Shute Norway, was later to drop
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Seats donated for BAE 146

Aircraft sales and leasing company Falko Regional Aircraft has donated 111 blue leather seats from a refurbished BAE 146 airliner to the museum. They have been fitted in the museum’s 146-100 Series aircraft with the smaller number of seats they have replaced being donated to the new Bristol Aerospace Centre at Filton, Bristol.

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Tesco teams help out

Teams from top supermarket Tesco’s Welwyn Garden City headquarters have completed four days work at the museum as part of their company’s Community Days scheme. Nearly 40 staff joined the volunteers working at the museum on consecutive Tuesdays in August helping with such tasks as cleaning aircraft on external display, installing the de Havilland’s Apprentice exhibition, site maintenance and hedging clearance. Their efforts have made a major contribution to improving the appearance of the site and visitors’ perception of it as an attractive, well-cared for facility.

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Expansion plan final approval

The Museum’s expansion plans cleared the final hurdle on August 18th with the granting of planning permission by Hertsmere Council for the change of use of the pony grazing fields adjoining the site to that of aircraft storage. The lease for the fields is being finalised preparatory to signing. It has also been confirmed by the council that the pre-conditions attached to previously granted planning consent for a large new hangar have been satisfied, and work is planned to start in December of this year. The Museum submitted on August 10th the full application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for
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