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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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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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