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AIRCRAFT MUSEUM WINS £41,000 HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND SUPPORT

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum has received £41,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to complete the restoration of the de Havilland Mosquito Prototype. The four-year project ensures the survival of this historic Second World War “wooden wonder” and has been carried out by volunteers at the museum at Salisbury Hall, London Colney. “Ensuring the conservation and restoration of the whole range of de Havilland aircraft and preserving the heritage of this Hatfield-based aircraft design and manufacturing company is the central theme of the museum,” said Mike Nevin, marketing director. “We are therefore grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for
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Ford Motor Company’s Dagenham Plant Community Day Volunteering

11th June 2015 A TEAM of design engineers swapped their desks at the Ford Motor Company’s Dagenham plant to spend their Community Day volunteering for a day’s work at Britain’s oldest aviation museum. Steve Clark, senior component engineer who organised the event, said: “Being interested in preserving our engineering heritage, I decided to help the de Havilland Aircraft Museum and asked my team to join me for the day & help the Museum. They all said yes.” At the museum the Ford team under the direction of museum Volunteer Bryan Stutter, carried out major landscaping work to prepare the way
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Mosquito Veterans Signing Event June 2015

  The museums signing event turned out perfect for both the Mosquito veterans and visitors, The conditions inside the main hangar were just about perfect for our distinguished guests who chatted with everyone and signed our new Mosquito print and also other books and prints brought along by enthusiasts on the day. Our thanks also go to the museum volunteers who without their support this event would not have been so successful. We wish to thank those who brought along the veterans to the museum and Philip West who attended the event. A print of the new painting by Philip
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Ken Tempest DFC – Mosquito Navigator Pathfinder Force

The Museum is sad to report the passing of Ken Tempest DFC, a Mosquito Pathfinder navigator and long time supporter of the museum. Ken Tempest DFC. Ken passed away peacefully in hospital on 2nd June aged 93. Part of Ken’s wartime combat service was with RAF 8 Group The Pathfinder Force (139 Squadron) as a navigator on Mosquitoes flying 43 combat operations. He participated in the last bomber combat operation of WW2 over Kiel, flying last sortie on 2nd May 1945. After the war he re-joined BOAC as a navigator and later qualified as a pilot, flying Britannia’s, Constellations and
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Aircraft Collections Director Required

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum Trust Limited need to recruit a Volunteer Aircraft Collections Director who will work with the Directors and Trustees to improve the management of the Museum’s activities. Aircraft Collection Director Key  Responsibilities Responsible for the management, care and restoration strategy and implementation  of the museums aircraft collection Work with the restoration team leaders, aircraft custodians and Volunteers, to ensure that the aircraft exhibits are presented to the public in a presentable a condition as possible. To a ensure that safe working practices applied and adhered to. To ensure that preservation, restoration and repair work carried out
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Mosquito Veterans Signing Event 27th June

The de Havilland Museum is proud to play host to the following Mosquito Air Crew members at a signing event on Saturday 27th June at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum to commemorate the restoration of the de Havilland Mosquito Prototype. This list contains confirmed attendance at the event but is subject to change  due to any unforeseen circumstances. Normal entry prices on the day. Signing Vouchers priced at £10 per item to be signed (books or prints). New print available on 27th June by aviation artist Philip West – deHavilland’s Wooden Wonder (size 70cm x 50cm) Cost of print including
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New Signs of the Times

New signage is being provided for the museum by the Herts County Highways Department. There will be a double-sided one at the main entrance lane off the road from the M25 J22 to Potters Bar, plus others directing visitors to the car park.

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A.A. Motors in for Meetings

The last remaining part of the wartime hangars at Salisbury Hall where the DH Mosquito was built is a popular venue for meetings. With major refurbishment just completed, it has been booked by the Automobile Association (A.A.) for 17 staff meetings, the first on March 19th. The lean-to building was the Foreman’s Office attached to the hangars, which were demolished to make way for other buildings, some of which currently house the Aeroshop and Halford Collection of de Havilland aero engines. It is fitting that the A.A. is coming to the museum as a number of car clubs already hold
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Rapide Will Fly Again

Well into its rebuild-to-fly, the de Havilland Rapide restoration team are doing a terrific job on this historic aircraft which can be seen opposite the museum’s Aeroshop. Such intricate workmanship necessarily takes time, and it is estimated that it could take another 10 years before it is ready to fly.

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Lending a Hand

On July 31st the museum was host to 20 staff from top travel company TUI/Thomson. The party from the company’s Risk, Safety Compliance Department had volunteered to spend the whole day with us doing a variety of tasks as part of the TUI/Thomson company policy of helping the community. Gardening, weeding, cleaning aircraft were some of the jobs they did, and some of the staff, being pilots on Thomson’s Airbus aircraft, sat in the cockpits of the DHAM aircraft talking to visitors. A big thank you to them all.

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