The "Saving Amy" Project was establised as a seprate CiC to help specialise in aircraft restoration projects. Part of the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Ground Display Team Ltd and the Hangar 42 Spitfire Visitor Centre located at Blackpool Airport, the Saving Amy project aims to extend the skills of the volunteer team, whilst at the same time developing our Airport location as a new visitor venue, whilsy at the same time providing a sense of team spirit and new opportunities for former UK Armed Forces Veterans and members of the Public.
The aim of the project is to, in the first instance, concentrate on redrawing the original Air Ministry Drawings and from these modern format plans to start the construction of the Airspeed Oxford MKV Cockpit Section. The re-formatiing of these original drawings will be unique in the world of Aircraft restoration and these efforts may well help overseas projects in the future.
The first milestones will be the building of the cockpit section and sourcing the main instrumentation and cockpit control systems. This will take a significant amount of research and funding to locate and purchase such items. The funding will come from a wide range of sources from Grant Funding, Public Donation and exchanges of information and equipment etc. We do not underestimate the major role that the Public will play in helping fund this project.
The initial design lessons will relate to the reconstruction of a rare Mark V Airpseed Oxford. It is our intention to rebuild this Aircraft to a operational ground running condition. Dependant on funds and Public support, milestones will be set to start the reconstruction of a second Mark II Airspeed Oxford, the same Aircraft that female Aviation Pioneer Amy Johnson took off from RAF Squires Gate in, the day she and her Airspeed Oxford was lost over Herne Bay on the South Coast of England. This Mark II Oxford will be returned to flight.