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Restoration Photo's of Supermarine Swift WK275


Colin James
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A foggy day in March 2012, WK275 outside Sheppards surplus where she had sat for over 50 years. This was taken on the day a team from Jet Art turned up to start the dismantling process and extract the aircraft so the restoration work could begin.

 

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All work carried out and photographs courtesy of Jet Art Aviation

 

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24th November 2016 restoration complete and the aircraft rebuilt sat next to Avro Vulcan XH558 in hangar 3 at Robin Hood Airport. The aircraft is now on long term loan to the Vulcan to the Sky Trust

 

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Taken February 2012. WK275 sat outside Sheppards Surplus

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After restoration

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The nose of WK275 the day she arrived at Jet art in March 2012
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After restoration. WK275 on the lorry ready to start the journey to her new home.
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Taken in March 2012 just after she had been craned onto the Lorry at Sheppards Surplus ready for the wings to be removed.
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After restoration
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STBD Side view of WK275's fuselage taken in March 2012 the day she arrived at Jet Art
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STBD Side view after restoration arriving at Robin Hood Airport.
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Port Wing as removed. Note damaged aileron and damage to the wing tip.
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Port wing after restoration
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STBD main undercarriage before restoration
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STBD main undercarriage after restoration
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Canopy and windscreen area before restoration
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Canopy and windscreen area after restoration
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She is Complete 
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Colin , super photographs , thank you for sharing them . Any idea of the cost involved and ( it might sound a silly question ) will it fly again - I accept that there are so many restriction on vintage aircraft flying .

 

Not sure of the costs yet but she will not fly this is now a static display 

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It's good to see it looking like a Swift again, rather than the sorry state it had slowly drifted into.

I always felt a bit sorry for it when visiting Sheppards.

On a related note, does anybody know what happened to the De Havilland Vampire that used to be in front of the ATC building on Eign Road?

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  • 3 years later...
On 04/12/2016 at 12:19, H.Wilson said:

Yes and I see another local website has published the same story today, Hereford Voice you should be flattered. :Grin:

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