We're excited to be entering into a new partnership to restore XE596, the Sea Vampire belonging to Jon Vivash. We've been in discussion with Jon for some time now and it's been great to find so much in common with a fellow vintage aviation addict. XE596 is disassembled at the moment, but she's encouragingly complete and could well be a viable flier at some point in the future.
Our first task is to catalogue, photograph and label the thousands of components now in our care at St Athan. It's a painstaking process, but every bit of extra care at this stage will pay vast dividends down the road.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Jon for his trust. We're looking forward to working with him to put this little beauty back where she belongs.
Thank you to all of the people who came to chat with us at Cosford at the weekend. It was our first outing, and we're not ashamed to admit we were nervous! That's why it was such a great experience to find so much enthusiasm and an encouraging number of people ready to make a small donation to bring XP's journey to Wales a little closer.
We showed our first (somewhat tiny) range of merchandise. It's a modest start - just a mug, a beanie hat and a shopping bag. Hardly an aviation emporium, we'd be the first to admit. But all the items look great and, most importantly, it's a start. We'll be adding a buy-online facility to the website very soon, and boosting our range to make our next appearance more browsable.
This has been a great experience, and it's taught us a huge amount. It was hugely encouraging to meet such enthusiasm and interest, and seeing those first sales of our very own Herald Skyward merchandise felt amazing.
Now we're really on our way. And looking forward to meeting more of you at our next outing!