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Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« on: July 12, 2018, 05:33:50 PM »
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For the past six months, since full planning approval was obtained late in December, the Trust has been in discussions with an investor - who does not wish to be named at this stage - who has offered to fund the majority of the costs of constructing the Trust's New Hangar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport on land that has now been purchased by the Airport. 

In parallel, building contractors have provided costs for the build, and a small amount of preparatory work at the site has been carried out. Having agreed in principle the terms of the investment, our discussions have now moved on to detailed negotiations between sets of solicitors. 

When this process is completed, we will be able to make further announcements including our planned timescale. We do however hope that the hangar will open and have access to XH558 available in 2019. In addition, we are in discussions with others for the remainder of the funding required to turn the new hangar into an exciting visitor attraction for South Yorkshire. 

We are very grateful for the patience of our supporters during this long and involved process, on which by its nature has meant we have been unable to offer frequent, detailed updates. We are confident that this plan will allow us to fulfil our aspirations of honouring the past and inspiring the future, while giving XH558 a fitting, relevant and secure home in the very long term. 

something positive at last!
Andy
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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 06:04:09 PM »
Everybody enjoys good news!  :)

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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2018, 07:49:37 AM »
I think the best you can say is it's only confirmation of what has been hinted at over the last couple of years and lets face it, it's almost 3 yrs since 558s last flight. With negotiations only now starting between solicitors  and we know how long that process can take, I can't see it being built in time for occupation next year but I do hope I'm wrong.

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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2018, 08:02:51 AM »
I Think it is Great News - and Thanks for sharing it.
I think we all should accept that this sort of negotiation can drag on and on and on.
So many good projects fall by the wayside because of old father time taking his toll.
But Progress IS being made, so thanks for the hard work, & strength for Future.
Mike

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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2018, 11:10:34 AM »
I came across The Vulcan Story 1993 yesterday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp4YnPAe1gI, which starts with the purchase by the Waltons, but is largely about the design, build and testing by the people involved - all very interesting.  Also a section about XM605 and the preservation work they were doing, during which they say how difficult it is to keep aircraft systems working once it is kept outside, and struggling with things like a completely seized engine.

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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2018, 05:14:40 PM »
Which is why regular engine runs, system exercising and maintenance are performed on XH558, which also generates revenue and keeps her in the public eye - last weekend's runs were sold out, which paid for the fuel etc.  :)

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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2018, 06:43:03 PM »
It’s gone very quiet on this front.  Any news?

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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2018, 10:41:14 AM »
Sad to say,, nothing!!
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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2018, 04:32:14 PM »
At the IBBC Lincoln on Saturday 3rd we were told to expect some good news 'soon'.

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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2018, 10:04:13 AM »
Is that the same "soon" as when it's said that somebody will make an announcement soon?  Then somebody died, so they had to get somebody to take over?!

There's more black holes in this project than Brexit :-\

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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2018, 05:00:08 PM »
Spare a thought for the volunteers spending another winter while the fiasco of the Trust still can't put a roof over their heads. Shameful.

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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2018, 05:23:54 PM »
This is in today's newsletter.
   
Update on funding and hangar negotiations
The restoration of XH558 to flight owed its success to many things, but one characteristic stands out: the sheer perseverance and determination of the team.
 
Our small team continues to display this characteristic in the current slow but positive progress towards the new hangar. The Trust understands it is frustrating for supporters who are waiting for news. Just as soon as we have completed the formalities that will ‘start the clock’ on ground works; we will tell you here in these newsletters.
 
XH558 remains in excellent condition as can be confirmed from the regular maintenance tasks that our team at Doncaster carry out. Your continuing support and interest in XH558 and the work of the Trust is very much appreciated.

Our plans for the new hangar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport will ensure that we can showcase XH558 and her story as part of the history of Bomber Command’s V-Force in the Cold War, together with a series of exhibits and activities aimed at inspiring youngsters in aviation, engineering and technology.

Once we are settled and XH558 is fully protected once again, with full public access, we will turn our attention to the processes and funding model that will be needed for the restoration of Canberra WK163 to full working order.
 
The hangar will be a unique facility of which we will all be most proud. So yes, the journey continues to be long and arduous, but we have the determination to get there!
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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2018, 06:26:47 PM »
It should be called the Buddy Holly hanger - "That'll be the day", mind you I have heard it will house the famous Doncaster Squadron of flying pigs....

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Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2018, 10:02:44 PM »
I thought no news was supposed t be good news but there's really no new news really, just the ongoing slow progress with nothing tangible to reveal. Just carefully worded no doubt to encourage the dedicated ones to part with a bit more money for xmas goods.

amazing though , as soon as I unsubscribe from the newsletters the hana=gar gets mentioned! - was it something I said?
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