Photographs & Stories - Howard Heeley

On Tuesday 25th May 2004 a rare cockpit section from a Blackburn Beverley C1 transport aircraft joined Newark Air Museum’s extensive aircraft collection.

The cockpit from aircraft XB261 comprises of flight deck and navigation compartment and it was acquired from the Duxford Aviation Society. Hutchinson Engineering Services of Weston, Notts, collected the cockpit from its former home at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Cambridge . The cockpit was off-loaded in the late afternoon at the museum site at Winthorpe, near Newark-on-Trent in eastern Nottinghamshire.

Museum Trustee Dave Hibbert said, “This cockpit section is a very rare example of the former giant RAF transport aircraft and it is one of only three Beverley airframe sections remaining in the UK”, He continued, “This large cockpit section is in excellent condition, having been removed from the aircraft when it was scrapped at Southend and displayed since then under cover at Duxford”.

The Flight Deck in transit

ABOVE: En-route to Newark.

Into the Hangar

ABOVE: Arrival at its new home.

In the Hangar

ABOVE: In the Hangar

In the Hangar

ABOVE: In the Hangar

Howard Heeley is a Trustee of the Newark Air Museum.

Photographs & Stories