Herald G-CEXP through the years

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Now that we're drawing breath from our debut appearance at Duxford Air Show, here's a belated thank you to the fantastic guys at the Museum of Berkshire Aviation.

It was on a sunny Saturday at the beginning of May that my wife and I finally made it to the Museum of Berkshire Aviation. For those who don't know this excellent museum, it's sited at Woodley Airfield near Reading. This is where historic names like Handley Page and Miles built many of their aircraft, and it's where a superbly dedicated bunch of people are labouring to protect and restore classic aircraft.

We met up with Ken Fortescue and his team, who were wonderfully welcoming and more  than ready to share their massive experience and knowledge.

MoBA crams a huge amount into a small space, making it a must-visit for the vintage aircraft enthusiast. Fittingly, they've devoted lots of focus to Woodley and its historic manufacturers. For us, of course, the centrepiece was their lovingly restored Dart Herald. This is the very aircraft flown by Prince Philip and Peter Middleton (grandfather of Kate, Duchess of Cambrisge) on their historic South American sales tour.

Not only were the MoBA guys welcoming, they were incredibly generous too, passing on a number of overhaul and structural manuals, which will be indispensable in the restoration process. Of course, we feel that we have really only become temporary custodians of these very valuable and rare documents.

It was a delight to meet with a great bunch of like-minded people. Thank you guys, we look forward to partnering with you more over the coming years!

Duncan Halford

Duncan Halford

Friday, June 15, 2018

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Jem Shaw

Friday, August 9, 2019

Thanks for your good wishes, Richard. It's impossible to say whether XP can ever fly again, but I appreciate greatly that you "get" that that should always be our ultimate aim. The old girl has a long road ahead, and there are many gainsayers, but we'll not give up on her!

Richard Newton

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Excellent to know you've connected with Museum of Berkshire Aviation. No doubt a fount of knowledge that will become indispensable for restoring the Dart Herald. I'm sure they are smiling at the prospect of G-CEXP becoming airborne again. Of course we must make this the objective from the outset. The experience of the people who worked on the Avro/BAe Vulcan XH558 shows us that return to flight is achievable.


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