Aviation & Military


Despite it’s German heritage and D registration mark, this ‘Junckers Ju-52’ was actually a Spanish built CASA 352L which changed hands several times in Germany in the 1990s before being put into long term barn storage on a farm near the Danish border. When Paul Allen of MicroSoft fame bought it for restoration we were given the task of repatriating her to Norfolk, along with separately the wings, engines and other parts. Sadly Mr Allen seemed to lose interest in the project, and the aircraft was subsequently sold and transported to a museum in the Netherlands


XL500 was the identification which this Fairey Gannet aircraft carried throughout it’s career with the Fleet Air Arm, based at RAF Culdrose amongst others – quite some time after her operational career came to an end, we were entrusted with the move from storage at North Weald in Essex to Exeter where restoration was to be carried out. The width of approaching 6 metres, and her unusual (some might say ugly, not us) looks definitely attracted lots of attention on a summer’s evening plod around the M25 and down the M4/M5