What is the latest position on this historically/financially valuable collection? I have been seeing,almost daily,people all over Building A5.The financial notices were removed a few weeks ago,and these people remind me of vultures picking over the remains.I only hope they intend to continue making the aircraft airworthy and keep them in the facilites at Fairoaks.If not,then Britain.
Met a man "in the know" at Fairoaks today who said all, or nearly all,of it would remain in Britain.As many as possible would be made airworthy and fly at airshows.The remainder would be exhibited at museums.He wouldn't say anymore due to the sensitivity of things,but said watch the press for info !
The collection at Fairoaks was bought today by a well-known show pilot who will keep and fly them in Britain !!Really great news!!The Bestmann and Stieglitz will be flown to their new home while the Klemm and Storch will go by road.The Nord,whose condition is not too good,has been bought by someone else.I don't know about the rest of the collection or it's whereabouts.Any ideas anybody
On behalf of The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society I am delighted to issue a Press Release regarding the disposal of the RLM Aviation Fairoaks- based collection of Luftwaffe aircraft, aircraft parts and memorabilia - the largest private collection of this nature to be sold for many years. The purpose of the Press Release is to dispel the inevitable rumour and speculation.
Peter Holloway, resident private owner and display pilot, has today confirmed that the following aircraft have been aquired by him and will be based at Old Warden -
It is planned to fly the Stieglitz and Bestmann into Old Warden within the next few days. The Klemm, whilst also airworthy, will be transported by road pending UK Registration and issue of CofA. The Storch, a well advanced project, will reside in the museum initially before entering the workshops when space becomes available. It will then be completed on a full time basis as a 'living exhibit'. The work is expected to take at least a year.
No decisions have been made with regard to the various other projects aquired, with the exception of G-MESS Nord 1101 (Messerschmitt 208) which has been sold to a UK buyer.
The airworthy machines are the sole representatives of their type in the UK. They are in magnificant 'factory new' condition and will make a fantastic addition to our displays next year.
I end with the words of Peter himself to me today -
'I have worked long and hard to secure the RLM collection. I achieved it today. The financial commitment has been considerable. I would not have made this without the help, encouragement and commitment of The Shuttleworth Collection Trustees Chairman Tony Haig-Thomas, Chief Pilot Andy Sephton, Chief Engineer Jean Munn, Rob Millinship, Andy Jones, many friends - most especially Paul Ford, SVAS Volunteers and last, but not least, the lovely Nicky who has been there for me throughout. Without her unswerving loyalty and support it just wouldn't have happened.
No decisions have been made regarding the rest of the collection - a large inventory of rare Luftwaffe instruments, engines, airframe parts and memorabilia. However, I hope that a significant proportion of it will eventually end up in UK Museums, some of whom bid unsuccesfully for individual items.'