A challenging and unusual task faced the engineering team at Aerospace Bristol, they had to move large objects into the new museum site.
One of these large objects being a member for the Jump Jet family, a Sea Harrier. The team called on the RAF to ask if they could help move the Sea Harrier.
A Chinook helicopter was drafted in as part of a training exercise and airlifted the Jump Jet across Filton airfield into the historic hanger. The jet will be part of the Aerospace Bristol exhibition.
The Sea Harrier needed to be transported across a railway line but there was no road bridge wide enough for it to cross. The RAF provided vital support in the successful lift.
The Sea Harrier’s new home is a 100-year-old grade II listed hangar which started life as part of an Aircraft Acceptance Park in World War One. This is where engines were assembled and tested by Royal Flying Corps engineers, then handed directly to flight crews who flew them to the front.
Hangar 16S was later home to RAF 501 Squadron, who were then sent to France as part of the Advanced Air Striking Force in 1940 and saw distinguished service in the Battle of Britain.