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Vimy's New Home

16 Sep 2016

A Vimy Replica 1st World War bomber aircraft was safely located in its new home at the birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation, the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey; thanks to the support of Ceejay Systems.  Group Managing Director, Chris Jones, and his team designed and manufactured specialist recovery equipment to load the aircraft that had landed in a field next door to the Museum.

16 Sep 2016

A voluntary team of largely retired Recovery Operators loaded the Vimy on to the Ceejay vehicle, using a vintage AEC militant recovery vehicle and, with local roads closed, moved the aircraft into the museum site.  Sometime after this operation, the aircraft was ready to be moved into its display hangar, but as this would involve the aircraft moving sideways, Ceejay produced a set of steel roll-on roll-off skates, which enabled the precision movement required to achieve this.

16 Sep 2016

This is not the first time that Ceejay has been called upon to assist the Museum.  In 2004, Chris helped with the 125-mile journey home to Brooklands of the 3rd British built Concorde and the UK’s first production model, offered to Brooklands in 2003 for restoration and display.  A problem with the outer wing section being too tall, and needing adjusting to 45 degrees, was solved by Chris Jones who made an adjustable cradle fitted to one of his vehicles to adjust the load in transit, and avoided it being a ‘wide load’.

"I have known Chris Jones since my days running National Rescue where our fleet was largely supplied by Ceejay Systems. Since retirement I have been involved in many projects with Brooklands Museum and I know when we need a bit of engineering, or the use of some specialist equipment Ceejay is always ready to step up and help. Apart from the projects already mentioned they have manufactured a trailer for a full sized VC10, helped with support equipment and much more, all without it costing us a penny."
Andy Lambert, Brooklands Museum Volunteer and former Managing Director of National Rescue
16 Sep 2016

The Brooklands Museum is an independent charitable trust which depends upon voluntary support and donations, as well as on its commercial operations.  Its mission is ‘to preserve and interpret the heritage of Brooklands, to use heritage to inspire and educate and to provide a world-class visitor attraction accessible to all.' All of the aircraft mentioned here, along with many other Brooklands built examples, are available for the public to see and, in most cases, go onboard.