World War Two-era Vickers Wellington bomber is restored to former glory after ... trends now
A Second World War Vickers Wellington bomber has been restored to its former glory after ten years of painstaking work - and will be centre of a new exhibition.
The 1944 Wellington, one of only two remaining, will form the focal point of a new Bomber Command exhibition at RAF Museum Midlands in Cosford, Shropshire, next week.
The fuselage and inner wings sections of the bomber have been fully restored and can be viewed by member of the public for the first time.
Over the coming weeks, engineers plan to attach the huge 31ft outer wings, engines, propellers and front turret to the iconic aircraft.
The Wellington was widely used as a bomber during nighttime raids in the early years of the Second World War.
The 1944 Wellington, one of only two remaining, will form the focal point of a new Bomber Command exhibition at RAF Museum Midlands
Technicians and apprentices work on a rare WWII Wellington Bomber ahead of the display exhibition
The Wellington was widely used as a nighttime bomber in the early years of the Second World War
The plane was famed for its geodetic fuselage structure, designed by Barnes Wallis, and 1942 Wellingtons were the most common aircraft in Bomber Command.
They began to be replaced by more capable four-engined heavy bombers such as Halifaxes and Lancasters.
Wellingtons continued to operate with Bomber Command as a training aircraft and served in North Africa, Italy, the Far East and Coastal Command.
The museum’s example