While it will never soar the skies again, the Blackburn Beverley could not be in better hands - Condor Aviation has some of the best aviation engineers in the country, and we’re proud to be able to play our role in keeping such an iconic plane in the region, just a few miles from where it was built almost 70 years ago.
The first stage in moving the Beverley to its forever home will be to dismantle it and move it in parts. With a wingspan of nearly 50 metres, equivalent to two tennis courts end-to-end, and a fuselage so large you can fit a single decker bus inside, it will be an engineering feat in itself to move it.SUPPORT THE PROJECT
We anticipate the dismantle, move and reassembly to cost in excess of £100,000.
We’ll be moving the plan in as few pieces as possible - ideally each wing individually, and the main fuselage as a single unit. There are a number of moving options we’re exploring at the moment, but it will not be cheap. We need your help to help safeguard the future of this iconic plane.
Any donation, however large or small, will help us towards our fundraising targets. Anything above and beyond our target will be donated to Help for Heroes.
You can donate £1 and become an owner of one of the 440,000 rivets that hold the beast together, or donate £250 for a historical guided tour of Yorkshire by air; we don’t want to let this icon go the same way as the others.
Own a piece of this iconic plane and do your bit to secure the future of this iconic plane. There are 440,000 rivers holding this beast together. You could own one for just £1.00.
Go one step further and join the Beverley Rivet Club. Attach your email address and you’ll be kept up to date with our progress and included will be a badge you can wear proudly. We will send you an e-certificate showing you the exact location of your individual rivet on the plane an email certificate of thanks and a direct link to access the 165 reels of film, digitised and exclusively available to you over the next 12 months.
For the aviation buffs out there, why not show your support by proudly wearing a Blackburn Beverley Baseball cap? And while you’re at it, have a brew from your matching mug, feeling smug that you’re saving an icon every time you take a sip.
Become a lifelong patron of the Blackburn Beverley. Your donation will go a long way to safeguarding the future of this iconic military vehicle. Your name will be included on a stainless-steel plaque that will be proudly displayed in the fuselage of the last Beverley of its kind.
Join an exclusive party for the arrival of the Beverley to its new home. You will be invited for the day to our private airfield. We will have a luxury marquee and breakfast and lunch on site to welcome the new arrival. Also available will be the new Blackburn library and viewing area, where all the archive materials will be kept and a champagne reception will be held.
We’ll take you on a tour of the workshop before taking you on a historical flight to learn more about the history of the Beverley. We’ll fly in a 1939 radial engine aircraft. This is the only type of its kind in the world and we will fly you over Brough where the Beverley was manufactured, take in the dramatic views of the Humber Bridge and then on towards Fort Paull where the XB-259 landed for the very last time.