Vimy's New Home16 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.
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.
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’.
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.