Gloucestershire

Gloster Javelin arrives at Jet Age Museum

Gloster Javelin being unloaded from a lorry Image copyright Jet Age Museum
Image caption The aircraft was built in Gloucestershire in 1956

The last surviving aircraft of its kind has arrived at a museum in Gloucestershire where it will go on permanent display.

The FAW 4 Gloster Javelin was built in the county in 1956, and has spent more than two decades at the gates of RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.

The Jet Age Museum at Staverton bought it from the Ministry of Defence for an undisclosed sum last December.

The aeroplane, which has no engine and is not airworthy, will now be restored.

It spent much of its operational life as a test and trials aircraft at the GAC (Gloster Aircraft Company) in Hucclecote, which built planes using jet engines designed by British engineer Sir Frank Whittle.

More than 250,000 people have visited the museum, one of whose patrons is Sir Frank's son Ian, since it reopened in August 2013.

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Image caption The Gloster Javelin has arrived at the Jet Age Museum where it is due to go on permanent display
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Image caption The aircraft was brought by road from North Yorkshire to the museum at Gloucestershire Airport
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Image caption The museum now wants to restore the unique aeroplane
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Image caption For more than 20 years the aircraft was at the gates of RAF Leeming

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