RAF Museum Donates Hastings’ Wing to Canadian Halifax Project

Aircorps Art Dec 2019

The RAF Museum at Hendon has donated a right-hand outer wing panel from a Handley Page Hastings to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada’s ”Halifax Project.”

The donor wing section came from an HP Hastings C.1A TG568 which had been in storage with the RAF Museum (Midlands) at Cosford since the airframe was struck off charge in 1974 and scrapped at RAE Bedford. Unsurprisingly being made by the same manufacturer, the panel is identical to a Halifax outer wing panel except for the aileron attachment points.

An RAF Museum Spokesman said, “This marks a substantial stride forward in the restoration efforts of our Canadian friends who are working to repair and restore a Halifax.”

The wing is now in storage in North Yorkshire, while a special cradle is constructed to enable its safe transportation to Canada with another recently acquired wing panel by RCAF C-17 early in 2024. After landing on Canadian soil at RCAF TRENTON, home of the National Air Force Museum of Canada the wings will be transported 250km by road to the Halifax Project’s workshop in Arnprior, near Ottawa.

The BCMC team would like to thank Harry Raffal – Head of Collections at the RAF Museum and his team for their kind donation and support.


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