Vickers (Loch Ness) Wellington 1A N2980 at Brooklands Museum

A collection of pictures of Vickers Wellington 1A N2980 on display at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey.

All photos were taken on April 5th 2016
Photos: Tony Wilkins


Built in 1939, the aircraft was lost during a training flight on New Year’s Eve 1940 when it developed engine trouble and ditched into Loch Ness. While the crew all managed to bail out of the aircraft the rear gunner, 20-year old Sergeant John Stanley Fensome, was killed when his parachute failed to open.

In 1976, the aircraft was discovered by an American team of monster hunters searching for the infamous Loch Ness Monster. In 1985 the aircraft was successfully salvaged and despite having been under water for over four decades it was remarkably intact with even the tail-lights still in working order. The aircraft was delivered to Brooklands Museum later that year.

Perhaps appropriately, the day of my visit coincided with a video appearing on the internet apparently showing “Nessie” on holiday in the Thames.

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