A collection of pictures of Vickers FB27 VIMY Replica ‘NX71MY’on display at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey.
All photos were taken on April 5th 2016
Photos: Tony Wilkins
The Vickers Vimy on display at Brooklands is a replica aircraft built in 1994 as part of a project led by Peter McMillan the aim of which was to re-enact three long distance flights carried out by the type between 1919 and 1920. The aircraft first took to the air on July 30th 1994 in California hence the US registration.
Not long after it flew it carried out an incredible flight to Australia crewed by McMillan and Lang Kidby on the 75th anniversary of the original flight. Five years later it successfully flew to South Africa with Mark Rebholz and John LaNoue at the controls. To complete the “hat trick”, in July 2005, the Vimy successfully re-enacted Alcock & Brown’s historic trans-Atlantic flight from St Johns, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland, making the flight in just under 19 hours.
In 2006 ownership passed to the American ISTAT Foundation and the aeroplane was maintained to airworthy standards at Dunsfold Park by Brooklands Museum volunteers. It was finally donated to Brooklands Museum Trust on 26th August 2006.
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