Photo's showing the CC7 Cushioncraft being delivered to Sandown Airport on the Isle of Wight.
Through the combination of public donations to date and a generous loan, we have been able to secure the Britten-Norman CC7 Cushioncraft XX102, the second to the last built [C/N 005].
XX102 was in service with the 200 Hovercraft Squadron of Royal Corps of Transport from the late 1960's and was in use around the World before being transferred to the Royal Navy Hovercraft Trials Unit in 1972, remaining in military service until the early 1980's.
We are most grateful to our ardent supporters that have already raised a fantastic £1100 to date, though direct donations, including gift aid, to finance this project.
The amount raised so far has been used to cover the cost of transport from Lincolnshire to the ferry. This was a 500 mile road trip from a location near to RAF Coningsby. We have secured through help from another supporting heritage organisation, a free ferry crossing for her.
We are also very grateful to people that worked on this craft for contacting us and offering to help us with restoration. We have also had support from the Hovercraft Museum, who has a sister craft CC7 in their museum at Lee on Solent and Warwick Jacobs, the founding father of the museum. We really appreciate their help.
Finally we will have a dedicated WAM Cushioncraft team on the ground at Sandown Airport on the Island, including our hovercraft guru Nikki Wilkes who has a vast knowledge and contacts we can tap into to support this project. As soon as we're able we aim to have the CC7 on public display at Sandown Airport, as part of the Wight Aviation Museum's collection.
The CC7 XX102 Cushioncraft in actionWe still need your help to raise further funds to fully purchase and restore, this Island built marvel of engineering as a static display.
We are raising funds to help set up the museum, if you would like to support us and donate, our bank details are below.
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