An agreement has been reached between Newark Air Museum (NAM) and the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association (LLA), that has resulted in the ownership of the Avro Shackleton, WR977 and the Avro Vulcan, XM594 being immediately transferred to NAM.
Both aircraft have been on long-
The legal papers pertaining to these transfers were signed on December 15th, 2021,
thereby helping to secure the long-
Speaking on behalf of NAM, museum trustee, Howard Heeley commented, “Everyone at the museum is extremely grateful to the Chairman and the Committee of the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association, who have generously agreed to the legal ownership of these aircraft being transferred to us.”
“The Shackleton and Vulcan are both special aircraft, which museum members helped to save back in 1977 and 1983 respectively. We are really honoured to now have sole responsibility for their future care.”
He concluded, “Whilst we have some significant challenges ahead with regards to safeguarding these aircraft, we are sure that both the museum members and the general public will help us look after these aircraft for the benefit of future generations.”
Ray Bainborough, Chairman of the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association, said, “I am delighted that the Newark Air Museum is taking over the ownership of these two historic aircraft. It has been a privilege for the LLA to have been their owners over the past years, but the time has come for the museum to be both the location for the Shackleton and the Vulcan, and also the legal owner of the two aircraft. This makes sense from a practical point of view and will better ensure the two aircraft continue to be preserved in the years ahead.”
Although there is a change of ownership of the Shackleton and Vulcan, from the LLA to the NAM, visitors to the museum will not notice any changes as the two aircraft will remain at their current location.
15th December 2021
Photo credits: David Kavanagh, the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association
(Alternative photos available on request)
Notes to Editors
This aircraft was saved from being scrapped at RAF Finningley in the spring of 1977,
having been purchased by Stuart Stephenson, MBE, former chairman of the Lincolnshire’s
Lancaster Association. Thanks to a frantic six-
Vulcan XM594 was purchased by Stuart Stephenson, MBE, former chairman of the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association, when it was retired from RAF service in early 1983.
When the Royal Air Force disposed of most of their Vulcan aircraft in 1982/3, XM594
was the only airframe to be flown into a non-
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