Avro RJ85 E2351 at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum

Avro RJ85 E2351 at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum Avro RJ85 Aircraft Preserved at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum in Norfolk. Currently the UK's only complete airframe preserved in a museum.

www.cnam.org.uk Built as a British Aerospace Avro RJ85, Serial number E2351 left BAE Woodford in May 1999 under the test registration G-6-351. E2351 joined the Mesaba airlines fleet a week later and was registered as N526XJ before being withdrawn from use. Sitting in storage, E2351 was purchased from Mesaba Airlines in 2007 by CityJet and registered on the Irish Aviation Register as EI-RJN. October 2018 saw RJN' being wet leased and became the standby aircraft for Aer Lingus before being withdrawn from use and stored at Norwich International Airport in February 2019. In April 2020, the aircraft was offered to the City Of Norwich Aviation museum for preservation. E2351 is currently the only complete airframe of this type in a UK Museum. The aircraft was delivered to the museum overnight on the 30/31st October 2020 in what was thought to be the only operation of its type performed on this type of airframe. This page shares images of E2351's flying career along with updates from the museums team of dedicated volunteers; working to keep the aircraft in a semi-live condition for our visitors to enjoy.

Operating as usual

351’s cabin nearly complete after a deep clean... Next off we’ll be sorting the rear in order to crate some display spac...
25/04/2021

351’s cabin nearly complete after a deep clean... Next off we’ll be sorting the rear in order to crate some display space.

Not much progress on the RJ recently however with members being allowed to attend again from tomorrow... we will hopeful...
11/04/2021

Not much progress on the RJ recently however with members being allowed to attend again from tomorrow... we will hopefully have some updates by the end of the week!

(Photo Credit: Ian Brighton)

Not much progress on the RJ recently however with members being allowed to attend again from tomorrow... we will hopefully have some updates by the end of the week!

(Photo Credit: Ian Brighton)

Some great pictures of the museum recently!We can’t wait to get back up there and continue working on the RJ... 🤞
14/02/2021

Some great pictures of the museum recently!

We can’t wait to get back up there and continue working on the RJ... 🤞

It’s a tad cold in Norfolk at the moment...
11/02/2021

It’s a tad cold in Norfolk at the moment...

It’s a tad cold in Norfolk at the moment...

With our donation appeal closing in the next couple of days - we’d like to thank those that took the time to share, comm...
09/02/2021
E2351 Maintenance & Museum Preservation Funding

With our donation appeal closing in the next couple of days - we’d like to thank those that took the time to share, comment and like our posts!

We’d also like to thank those donators who contributed to our cause!

Unfortunately we didn’t meet our goal - but we’re incredibly grateful for the amount donated and information we’ve gained on the RJ / E2351.

To those that donated more than £25 - we’ll be in touch within the next 14 days.

Donations will still be accepted until the 12th.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/e2351-maintenance-museum-preservation-funding?tk=cd76023d47961715c2f1f862498fb3de2a582c99&fbclid=IwAR2IeQ9ubYgbVophWQcgqvYPxHc9nlx4MlL3pCLWG_ETB9vdxz32pMOamds

To raise funds towards E2351's preservation and the general museum preservation funds.

With less than two weeks to go... We're still a long way off our goal - and we would really appreciate any help we can g...
31/01/2021
E2351 Maintenance & Museum Preservation Funding

With less than two weeks to go... We're still a long way off our goal - and we would really appreciate any help we can get!

Serial E2351, donated from CityJet in early 2020, was lifted onto the City of Norwich Aviation Museum’s site in October 2020. The operation, conducted overnight; was the first of its kind to be carried out on an aircraft of this type. The aircraft has become the only complete (airframe wise) RJ85 in a private museum in the UK. The museum is home to several other aircraft including a Fokker F27 ‘Friendship’, Handley-Page Herald, Avro Vulcan Bomber and Hawker Siddeley Nimrod.

Over the coming months, museum volunteers plan to complete the airframe externally - fitting spoilers, engines and other smaller items. The aircraft itself can be ran on ground power; giving visitors a unique opportunity to visit the flight deck of what was one of Britain’s most successful airliners. It is hoped further work can be completed in time for the 2021 ‘Summer Season’ with volunteers working hard to keep systems live for years to come.

The aircraft, built in 1999 at British Aerospace’s Woodford Site, originally served with Mesaba Airlines as N526XJ in the United States. In 2007 it was purchased by CityJet and registered as EI-RJN, being re-configured at Norwich Airport; where it returned for most of its maintenance requirements. Named ‘Lake Isle of Innisfree’, RJN flew as part of the CityJet fleet for 13 years. The aircraft was retired from CityJet, in line with the reduction of the Avro fleet, in March 2019 and placed in to storage at Norwich. In early 2020 the aircraft was donated to the museum and has now become one of our most recognisable exhibits.

In 2020 the museum, along with voluntary organisations, suffered massive visitor declines due to the Global Pandemic and UK Wide Restrictions. The museum lost over 10,000 annual visitors and had to cancel three fundraising events, normally used to raise funds required for the continued upkeep of our site and aircraft. In 2020, Trustees & Volunteers worked together to ensure the museum survives for years to come. However, this was not without sacrifice, meaning restoration and preservation funds were cut considerably delaying planned works on all museum exhibits and buildings.

This is why we are asking for your help. The majority of moneys raised will go towards the upkeep of E2351, with a remaining placed into general museum funding - allowing aircraft to be deep cleaned and “weather proofed” in 2021.

The museum thanks all donators in advance and hopes to welcome you to the museum in 2021.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/e2351-maintenance-museum-preservation-funding?tk=cd76023d47961715c2f1f862498fb3de2a582c99&fbclid=IwAR2IeQ9ubYgbVophWQcgqvYPxHc9nlx4MlL3pCLWG_ETB9vdxz32pMOamds

To raise funds towards E2351's preservation and the general museum preservation funds.

Photos from Avro RJ85 E2351 at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum's post
06/01/2021

Photos from Avro RJ85 E2351 at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum's post

05/01/2021
APU back up and running!

Great to hear some APU Noise!

Was also nice to bring the packs back online, getting some warm air into the cabin again!

Let’s hope we can get back to the aircraft and continue this type of work soon - once lockdown lifts!

Prior to lockdown we took some of the interior parts home to clean and prepare for refit. So far we’ve been pretty happy with the results!

Stay safe everyone and remember to share our crowdfunder!

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/e2351-maintenance-museum-preservation-funding

With 2020 nearing an end, we’d like to thank those Visitors, Volunteers, Donators & Businesses who supported the museum ...
31/12/2020

With 2020 nearing an end, we’d like to thank those Visitors, Volunteers, Donators & Businesses who supported the museum through what has been an extremely difficult year.

We hope 2021 will be a more exciting and productive year for us - bringing to an end the difficulties COVID-19 has placed on so many charitable organisations like us.

With regards to the RJ...

We’d love for you to make contact with us - sharing photographs, stories & videos of your experience with our RJ, BAE, The 146/RJ Development or the Airlines which made her t he ‘Queen of the Skies’.

Although more details will be published later; The plan moving forward is to create an exhibition space in the rear of the cabin to display memorabilia, photographs, stories etc.

Along with this the aircraft systems will be kept live - becoming a unique classroom and educational asset to the museum, displaying the ‘Whisper Jet’ in all her glory and inspiring future engineers and aviators alike.

The aim is to make the interior of the aircraft ready for the museums annual ‘Wings & Wheels’ event on the 3rd & 4th July 2021.

We will post regular updates via this page so please remember to like, share & comment!

Once restrictions are lifted, there will be plenty to do at the museum. So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to get involved then contact us or check out the museums website for more details!

In the mean time, Stay Safe & Happy New Year from everyone at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum and those caring for the RJ!

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/e2351-maintenance-museum-preservation-funding?tk=cd76023d47961715c2f1f862498fb3de2a582c99

Some photographers from E2351’s last hangar input at KLMUK, in October 2018. The cabin, vestibule and toilet areas were ...
16/12/2020

Some photographers from E2351’s last hangar input at KLMUK, in October 2018. The cabin, vestibule and toilet areas were all cosmetically refurbished.

A productive day last week when volunteers managed to apply Hydraulic Power in order to move the flaps ready for Spoiler...
14/12/2020

A productive day last week when volunteers managed to apply Hydraulic Power in order to move the flaps ready for Spoilers to be fitted!

A young E2351 with her first airline, Mesaba as N526XJ.
04/12/2020

A young E2351 with her first airline, Mesaba as N526XJ.

07/11/2020
Avro RJ85 E2351 at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum
02/11/2020

Avro RJ85 E2351 at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum

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She is truly awesome, could never be a better home.