There's a healthy population of lunatics like UKHAT working on precious old aircraft. While far too many have been lost, it's gratifying to see an increasing awareness of the value of these classic machines; if only the same could be said of the many historic airfield buildings that continue to be destroyed in the name of progress. Earlier this week we learned that the jet testing tunnels where Frank Whittle worked are under threat from the redevelopment of Coventry Airport.
There's some good news, such as the Control towers and fighter pens at RAF Culmhead, which are designated as Scheduled Ancient Monuments and are included in the Heritage at Risk Register by English Heritage.
But it's not enough. This is a cause that needs to be taken up. There is a fantastic group in the southwest, the South West Airfields Heritage Trust, who're already working hard to document the airfields in their area. That's a magnificent start, and an example to us all. Many control towers from the second world war and earlier are still restorable - they built things to last in those days! A dedicated group could bring them back into use, and they make a superb headquarters for a histoic aviation group or museum.
We're putting out a call to arms here. We've got our hands full for now with fundraising for XP to move to her new home, but we'd love to hear from anyone who knows of a valuable building, or - better still - has the appetite to start a group to save one of their local treasures.
Who's up for it?
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