Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust

Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust The purpose of BAPT is the preservation and exhibition of Bristol Britannia aircraft. The main focus is on the restoration of G-ANCF in Liverpool.

Operating as usual

I have had a number of contacts over the last few months, requesting an update on progress.As may be expected, Covid has...
30/08/2021

I have had a number of contacts over the last few months, requesting an update on progress.

As may be expected, Covid has taken its toll on workdays and in particular lockdowns have prevented our expected schedule from taking place over the last 18 months. That in turn has led to a number of volunteers reassessing their priorities and as a result, we don’t have as many people working on the aircraft.

That isn’t peculiar to Charlie Fox, aviation projects or indeed the UK. It will take some time before any kind of normality returns.

The good news is that work has continued, albeit at a lower level. The aircraft’s exterior has had a good cleaning, the few identified leaks have been sealed and we can now turn our attention to the patches of corrosion in the cabin. The cooler months ahead should be far more appropriate for that activity.

In the meantime, here’s the latest view of Charlie Fox, taken last weekend.

I have had a number of contacts over the last few months, requesting an update on progress.

As may be expected, Covid has taken its toll on workdays and in particular lockdowns have prevented our expected schedule from taking place over the last 18 months. That in turn has led to a number of volunteers reassessing their priorities and as a result, we don’t have as many people working on the aircraft.

That isn’t peculiar to Charlie Fox, aviation projects or indeed the UK. It will take some time before any kind of normality returns.

The good news is that work has continued, albeit at a lower level. The aircraft’s exterior has had a good cleaning, the few identified leaks have been sealed and we can now turn our attention to the patches of corrosion in the cabin. The cooler months ahead should be far more appropriate for that activity.

In the meantime, here’s the latest view of Charlie Fox, taken last weekend.

Work has understandably been held back over the last 6 months due to Covid restrictions. However, we are now back to mak...
20/09/2020

Work has understandably been held back over the last 6 months due to Covid restrictions. However, we are now back to making progress, albeit with a maximum of 3 volunteers working at any one time. Visitors are not allowed on board. The photos show the flight deck which is almost finished, removing stains from the fuselage and the newly sealed and painted windscreen.

All flight deck seats have now been cleaned and given a fresh coat of paint, prior to being re installed next week.
09/03/2020

All flight deck seats have now been cleaned and given a fresh coat of paint, prior to being re installed next week.

Preserving a Britannia requires both time and money. If you are able to contribute towards either, we would love to hear...
28/02/2020
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Preserving a Britannia requires both time and money. If you are able to contribute towards either, we would love to hear from you. For PayPal donations, please see www.bristol-Britannia.com until Facebook updates this page's ability to post a PayPal button!

The BAPT is devoted to the preservation and restoration of Bristol Britannias around the world.

The second half of last year saw us concentrating on the preservation of the wings, as the before and after photos show....
09/02/2020

The second half of last year saw us concentrating on the preservation of the wings, as the before and after photos show. The weather has been quite kind to us so far this year, which has allowed us to make a good start to the renovation of the flight deck. We will finish off the wings once the better weather is with us.

This year will see our attention focused on the renovation and repair of the wings. Over the last few weeks, we have bee...
13/05/2019

This year will see our attention focused on the renovation and repair of the wings. Over the last few weeks, we have been working on the starboard upper surfaces, which are looking good. The port upper will be next. Sadly, the undersides do need rather more remediation work and in some cases may require replacement panels. Work has also begun on strengthening the interior of the fuselage where it had been cut.

As the shorter days are now upon us, some of our attention has turned to improving the onboard experience. Charlie Fox d...
12/11/2018

As the shorter days are now upon us, some of our attention has turned to improving the onboard experience. Charlie Fox did, of course, spend a considerable amount of time as a freighter, hence the rather stark interior. The next major project will involve removing corrosion from the underside of the wings and tail area.

Further progress was seen on last Saturday's workday. A second replacement trestle has been put into position which shou...
03/09/2018

Further progress was seen on last Saturday's workday. A second replacement trestle has been put into position which should allow one of the old trestles to be removed. The port wing inner has been cleaned up, whilst work has begun on repainting the tailplane.

The wing tips are badly battered after years of neglect, but are now receiving some tender loving care. This is time con...
26/08/2018

The wing tips are badly battered after years of neglect, but are now receiving some tender loving care. This is time consuming, specialist work but they will add significantly to the aircraft once finished and fitted. Our airstairs have also received substantial attention over recent months and are approaching completion. Let's hope Liverpool Airport don't ask for them back!

Tailplane almost in position.
20/08/2018

Tailplane almost in position.

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13/08/2018

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04/06/2018

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After a very wet Winter, it was great to see the sun again on Saturday. That allowed us to start work on restoring our n...
15/04/2018

After a very wet Winter, it was great to see the sun again on Saturday. That allowed us to start work on restoring our new trestles, prior to putting them in position. The old trestles have served us well, but are deteriorating fast. Many thanks to Jota Aviation for their invaluable help in finding the new trestles for us. While the weather has been poor, we have been carrying out some work in the cabin and Rob's painting of some storage boxes is impressive. We have also been lucky enough to find some new volunteers who have current aircraft engineering skills, they have been busy knocking some of the dents out of the wing tips prior to refitting them.

A poignant photo. A recently cleaned engine nacelle with a clear view behind of the hangar in which Charlie Fox used to ...
16/10/2017

A poignant photo. A recently cleaned engine nacelle with a clear view behind of the hangar in which Charlie Fox used to live. Whilst the hangar is also preserved, these days it is a David Lloyd leisure centre.

The starboard fin root is almost complete now and accordingly we have turned our attention to cleaning up the wings and ...
24/07/2017

The starboard fin root is almost complete now and accordingly we have turned our attention to cleaning up the wings and engine nacelles. Great work by our newest volunteer, Kim.

Paint stripping is all but complete, as is scrubbing with Scotchbrite to remove any residue. As can be seen from the pho...
16/07/2017

Paint stripping is all but complete, as is scrubbing with Scotchbrite to remove any residue. As can be seen from the photos, the starboard rear is now up to the standard of the port rear. Just a little work required on the front of the tail fin, which is difficult to get at. Unfortunately, the rear trestle is now in poor shape and needs to be replaced.

Although we were hoping to complete the paint stripping this weekend, we were delighted to welcome a number of guests to...
04/06/2017

Although we were hoping to complete the paint stripping this weekend, we were delighted to welcome a number of guests to Charlie Fox which understandably slowed progress a little. Nevertheless, the temperatures certainly helped the paint stripper to work really well. The port side is now complete, with just a little use of Scotchbrite required to remove all traces of the registration. We can also commence scrubbing on the recently stripped areas on the rear starboard side, with very little paint remaining to be removed.

The paint stripping is nearly completed. We have taken delivery of the final two containers of Ardrox stripper and manag...
30/05/2017

The paint stripping is nearly completed. We have taken delivery of the final two containers of Ardrox stripper and managed to dodge last Saturday's showers to get a good work session in. June should see Charlie Fox resplendent in natural metal for the first time since she was built.

The regular weekend work parties are continuing and progress is evident now on the starboard side. Removal of the residu...
23/04/2017

The regular weekend work parties are continuing and progress is evident now on the starboard side. Removal of the residual paint to the rear of the starboard wing should be completed by the end of June, after which the fuselage will gain both primer and final livery. We hope to see new steps and trestles delivered over the next couple of months. There is no shortage of visitors to the aircraft whenever we are working.

04/10/2016

We are deeply saddened by the death last week of Roger Hargreaves, founder of the Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust, after a short illness. Volunteer Eric Tarrant has written some words about Roger:

Some folk are thought to have something in their veins that just drives them to great lengths to follow their dream. Roger Hargreaves had aviation and his beloved Britannia Charlie Fox running through his veins. I first met Roger one day down at Kemble where Charlie Fox was being store with the Bristol collection. It was a special meeting in as much I renewed my acquaintance with an aircraft that I had worked on in the sixties when it was with British Eagle but also to meet up for the first time with Roger. His enthusiasm for the restoration project of Charlie Fox was beyond doubt. It has been many years since it was saved from the fire dump at Manston airport. The aircraft was eventually moved to various airfields in an effort to save it. It was before it left Kemble airfield that it came the closest to being scrapped. Roger’s determination to save the aircraft would not allow him to give up on the project. I recall the night he called to say he had found at last a site for the aircraft. It was to go to Speke Liverpool,( the old hunting ground of British Eagle) with the help of what was then the Jet Stream Club. As the aircraft, which arrive in three parts, was reassembled Roger was now in a very positive mood. Yes it was to be a time with many difficulties but his determination never flagged. Roger was deeply saddened by the passing of Mike Bates his co-worker on the project from the start. However his enthusiasm and determination never waned.

In employment Roger worked for a number of airlines and in general aviation and was considered by many as a professional in his work. He held the record of being the shortest serving employee when he started to work for British Eagle. He joined the company on the day that it went into liquidation! He operated his own company Proteus Aero Services in the early days which was involved in the saving of several aircraft that are still around today.

We the team who work on Charlie Fox, will seek to continue the progress of its restoration and will not give up. Roger a few weeks ago was planning how the future would fan out without him

Roger will truly be missed not only as a friend but one who dreamed the impossible dream. We will continue to make that dream become a reality.

We send our love and deepest sympathy to his wife Sally and Angel.

For further information watch this web site.

It has been suggested that people might like to make a donation towards the restoration of Charlie Fox in Rogers memory. See the Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust web site ‘Make a donation’.

Eric Tarrant on behalf of all the trustees and supporters.

16/02/2016

The Trust has secured a £3500 Match Fund from The Foyle Foundation. This means we need to secure a matching £3500 before Dec 2016. This would allow us to complete the paint strip of the fuselage and apply a coat of primer . We are therefore appealing for help in raising the match funds. All amounts large or small welcome.

Missed this anniversary a couple of days ago: Charlie Fox made its last flight on 30th October 1980, 35 years ago, in to...
04/11/2015

Missed this anniversary a couple of days ago: Charlie Fox made its last flight on 30th October 1980, 35 years ago, in to Manston. Photo is (c) Paul Filmer from www.globalaviationresource.com

28/10/2015

Charlie Fox will be open on Sat 28th Nov. Come and see how we have progressed over the Summer and plans for next year

Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust's cover photo
29/06/2015

Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust's cover photo

Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust's cover photo
26/06/2015

Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust's cover photo

Speke Aerodrome Heritage Group
21/06/2015

Speke Aerodrome Heritage Group

Due to unforeseen circumstances our event on the 28th june is now postponed until further notice. Please share this so that we do not let anybody down on the day. Apologies from all the guys and girls at Speke aerodrome heritage group.

Restoration progress early 2015
07/06/2015

Restoration progress early 2015

Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust's cover photo
05/04/2015

Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust's cover photo

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