Our restoration side of things at CAHC

We have a very skilled restoration team working here at CAHC. The team consists of a wide cross section of people, from ex-forces engineers to teachers and members of the medical profession.

Each person brings particular skills and we all learn from each other. We have taken airframes that ordinarily would have ended up as pots and pans and turned them into quality exhibits, always mindful of finishing them off in a colour scheme that they would have worn whilst in RAF or Royal Navy service.We are particularly proud of the Harrier jet and Hawker Hunter that you can see in our Hardened Aircraft Shelter. Outside you can see the Varsity which is another exciting aircraft to visit.

In November 2017 we installed four Rolls Royce Conway engines into the VC10. A huge job, but great to see the aircraft looking complete again.

The Vickers Varsity has seen an ongoing programme of work throughout the year. The aircraft is in the best condition for many years, despite living outdoors.

The anti aircraft gun has been completed during 2017 alongside the other work. It looks fantastic and is a great exhibit.

There are currently two long-term restorations the Sea Hawk and the iconic all-British interceptor, the Lightning. Both of these present huge challenges, so keep checking our social media pages for updates.

Come along and see the work we are doing to return some functionality to the cockpits. There will be an opportunity to talk to some of the team and they will be happy to show you up close what is being done.

FEBRUARY 5th 2018  The English Electric Lightning has now been moved to St. Athan for a full static restoration. This will be carried out by GJD Services. In June the aircraft will be displayed at RAF Cosford Air Show, and then Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome to line up with three other Lightnings – before returning to us mid June for display here at Newquay.

JUNE 10th 2018  The Lightning was completed and on display at the Cosford Air Show as part of the RAF 100 aniversary line up. The aircraft received a huge amount of interest.