Gallery: Avro Shacketon fuselage aircraft moved to museum

PUBLISHED: 17:46 05 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:02 02 June 2010

Aviation centre West walton

Aviation centre West walton

ITS flying days have been over for more than 25 years but for just a short while the Avro Shackleton s fuselage could be seen against the Fenland sky. A giant crane helped to lift the fuselage in which four crew members would carry out surveillance and gi

Aviation centre West walton

ITS flying days have been over for more than 25 years but for just a short while the Avro Shackleton's fuselage could be seen against the Fenland sky.

A giant crane helped to lift the fuselage in which four crew members would carry out surveillance and give warnings of enemy aircraft and ships.

The plane has been owned by the Fenland Aviation Museum for 21 years but had to be moved. A Poly Tunnel hangar which has been donated to the museum will house the fuselage and a Jet Provost.

Named after the English explorer Ernest Shackleton, the Avro Shackleton dates back to the 1950s and was used as an early warning system, particularly during the Cold War. Other roles undertaken included search and rescue and as a Maritime Patrol aircraft.

The fuselage is just one of the exhibits at the museum on the Bambers site off Lynn Road, Wisbech, which relies on its enthusiastic volunteers and donations to keep it going.

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