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Start of Restoration Project for Coalville Cadets

Article posted: Dec 12, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Pass

Last week a new display was set up at Snibston Discovery Park Museum in Coalville. The new display was of an Auster light aircraft. The Auster G-AGOH was raised up and suspended from the ceiling in the Transport Gallery. Members of the International Auster Club Heritage Group were there to witness the event.

It is the start of the redevelopment of the display, a new workshop area is being created to accommodate other Austers which will form part of a series of on-going restoration projects at the museum. One of these will be the earliest surviving example of these light aircraft, which were first produced 70 years ago in Leicestershire.

Cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron, Air Training Corps are going to be trained to help restore the Austers in 2010.


L-R Caroline Abel, Curator of Snibston Discovery Park,
Fg Off Rebekah Harrison RAFVR (T), 1188 (Coalville) Squadron,
Roger Wilson, Chairman of Leicestershire County Council (LCC) who launched the display by pulling the tape off the pitot tube,
Professor Mike Preston, Chair of the International Auster Club Heritage & Heather Broughton, Acting Director of Community Services for LCC

Flying Officer Harrison RAFVR (T) said, “I was really pleased to attend the ceremony that marks the start of the restoration projects at Snibston. I think this is a great opportunity for the cadets to get some hands on knowledge of aircraft. It is also very timely, as our squadron, 1188 (coalville) will also be celebrating 70 yrs in 2011”

By Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison
1188 Sqn Media & Communications Officer