Avro Heritage Museum Welcomes Full-Scale, Homebuilt Lancaster Fuselage Section

The Avro Heritage Museum at Woodford Aerodrome, Stockport has welcomed its latest exhibit, a full-scale Avro Lancaster forward fuselage reproduction.

The section was constructed by Martin Willoughby to represent Lancaster BI R5868 “S-Sugar” of 467 Squadron RAAF, which became the first bomber to complete 100 missions. The RAF veteran has a deeply personal connection to this particular aircraft, as his father was one of the ground engineers who helped maintain her during WW2, and also worked to restore it in the 1970s for display at the RAF Museum in Hendon (seen above).

As previously reported, Willoughby built the 14-meter-long reproduction using a mixture of old and new parts. Boasting crew stations and original controls, the fuselage section will reportedly be open to the public for tours for a small fee. It is intended to serve not only as a tribute to Willoughby’s father, but also as an interactive educational tool that will help teach future generations about what it was like for Bomber Command crews during WW2.

Click below to check out photos of its recent arrival.

We're very excited to welcome our latest exhibit, a Lancaster cockpit section! Martin Willoughby has built this replica…

Posted by Avro Heritage Museum on Wednesday, November 1, 2017

(via Avro Heritage Museum Photo: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)