We at Dakota love the idea that the Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track is being revived and restored. Here is an update on the revival project that is being run and what they have been doing since it started.

Project Update – December 2016

The Wellington Hangar

Another key milestone has been reached in the Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track Revival project, with the dismantling of the Bellman Hangar over the last few weeks steadily giving us a clear line of sight up the Finishing Straight from the Paddock, for the first time since 1940.

The Wellington Hangar is now completely dismantled and its components are currently being restored in South Wales. They will return in early 2017 to be reconstructed on a new site between the Finishing Straight and the London Bus Museum.

 

The Finishing Straight

With the Hangar completely dismantled, we are now able to confirm that substantial areas of the original surface of the Finishing Straight have survived the last 76 years in surprisingly good condition under the Hangar’s post-war floor.

Removal of sections of Hangar floor over the last couple of weeks has also revealed the extent of the wartime modifications required to the Track to construct the Hangar directly on top of the slightly sloping surface of the Finishing Straight which then served as an improvised aircraft factory floor. Painted floor markings and services laid into the Track have also come to light offering fascinating further insights into this specific area’s war-time past and even more will be exposed in the coming weeks.

A new level concrete floor was only added sometime after World War Two, probably in the early 1950s when Vickers-Armstrongs had more money to invest at Brooklands and new uses for this Hangar.

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Project Update – Summer 2016

On the 31st August the Wellington Hangar will open for the final time in its current form. So, if you would like to experience the current exhibition one last time, make sure you schedule in a visit this August.

In September we will begin to move the exhibits from the Wellington Hangar into storage and into the new Flight Shed building. The Vickers Vimy and Wellington Bomber will be moved into temporary buildings in the Aircraft Park and the Vickers Valiant cockpit will be moved to the Stratosphere Chamber.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been repositioning some of the aircraft in the Aircraft Park. These relocations will allow us to construct new temporary buildings for the Vickers Vimy and Wellington Bomber. The final repositioning of Concorde, the BAC 1-11 and VC10 ‘Victor Mike’ onto their new concrete bases will be on Friday 12th August. To do this, we regret that we will have to close Concorde for the day. Please also check the Museum website for Concorde flights on Monday 15th August before travelling.

The Museum will be open as usual during this period. Although you will not be able to access the aircraft and Hangar, visitors will be able to observe some of the operations taking place. Dakota highly recommends trying to check this out! Please note dates are subject to change.

Re-Engineering Brooklands Schedule

July – August

Concorde and the BAC 1-11 repositioned slightly to enable contractors to construct new bases for undercarriage.

Friday 12th August

Concorde, VC10 Victor Mike and the BAC 1-11 moved onto their new bases. (No Concorde experience flights of kids Tours on Concorde on 12th August)

Wednesday 31st August

Wellington Hangar open to Museum visitors with existing exhibits & displays for the final time – closes at 17:00

September

Work begins to remove exhibits from the Wellington Hangar.

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