Save the Blackburn Beverley Aircraft

by Martyn Wiseman in Barlby, England, United Kingdom

Save the Blackburn Beverley Aircraft
We did it
On 3rd February 2021 we successfully raised £14,111 with 132 supporters in 83 days

The last surviving Blackburn Beverley Aircraft has been saved - now we need you to help us raise funds to move it to its forever home.

by Martyn Wiseman in Barlby, England, United Kingdom

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J PETER DENNISON 28th January 2021

My late father Peter Dennison was a co-pilot on the Bev with 53 Squadron. I know if he were around today he’d be very very happy to see this project work. Good luck everyone.

Aden Arnold & Mark 18th January 2021

Wow Martyn! Thank you so much. My Dad Arnold did his National Service in Aden as a W/Op, and flew in the Beverley when they went "up country". He was a keen photographer, and spent time in the Perspex nose-cone when perhaps it wasn't "wise". The cockpit wouldn't have heard his screams given the distance between them.....! I visited her at Fort Paull some years ago, and it put Dad's stories into complete perspective. Sadly, due to ill health at the time, Dad couldn't visit, but what a beauty (beauty being in the eye of the beholder)! Dad started out at Wittering on V Bombers, but I think being camped out "up country" using oil drums ad a 'bivvy, whilst with the Beverleys is his fondest moment. So glad you've done what you have. Can't wait to come up and see her!

Mrs Joan Burnett 24th December 2020

i saw the Beverley at the Transport Museum, and have a friend who flew in one. I was gutted when it did not come to Elvington. I thought going to Paull was dreadful

James Owen 20th December 2020

My dad worked on this in the RAF in Aden. He talks about it all the time and treasures his memories. He visited the plane in Paull and again he talks about this so much

Yvonne James 19th December 2020

I was privileged to fly in these magnificent aircraft as a young ATC Cadet. I also watched the sad last flypast of a vic at RAF Abingdon, followed by the then "new" Hercules.

Sgt Neville J Collins 18th December 2020

When serving with the Para Engineers I "Jumped" both Port and Starboard but the best was the Boom aperture even after the climb up when we were doing 'Sim' threes, that type of exit eventually ceased, the Port and Starboard exit became the normal procedure

Simon Prower 15th December 2020

So pleased this last remaining example is being saved. My grand-father was a senior member of the design team so this is a piece of our family history.

Adene Hall 15th December 2020

I used to live in Blackburn and my husband, a former Royal Ordnance Factory worker also ended up working for BAe. Good luck with your project.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£1 or more

1035 of 435000 claimed

Own A Rivet

Own a piece of this iconic plane and do your bit to secure the future of this iconic plane. There are 440,000 rivers holding this beast together. You could own one for just £1.00.

£15 or more

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Beverley Rivet Club

Go one step further and join the Beverley Rivet Club. Attach your email address and you’ll be kept up to date with our progress and included will be a badge you can wear proudly. We will send you an e-certificate showing you the exact location of your individual rivet on the plane an email certificate of thanks and a direct link to access the 165 reels of film, digitised and exclusively available to you over the next 12 months.

£25 or more

120 of 2000 claimed

Mug and Cap Combo

For the aviation buffs out there, why not show your support by proudly wearing a Blackburn Beverley Baseball cap? And while you’re at it, have a brew from your matching mug, feeling smug that you’re saving an icon every time you take a sip.

£30 or more

64 of 5000 claimed

Lifelong Patron

Become a lifelong patron of the Blackburn Beverley. Your donation will go a long way to safeguarding the future of this iconic military vehicle. Your name will be included on a stainless-steel plaque that will be proudly displayed in the fuselage of the last Beverley of its kind.

£175 or more

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Exclusive Arrival Party

Join an exclusive party for the arrival of the Beverley to its new home. You will be invited for the day to our private airfield. We will have a luxury marquee and breakfast and lunch on site to welcome the new arrival. Also available will be the new Blackburn library and viewing area, where all the archive materials will be kept and a champagne reception will be held.

£259 or more

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Historic Flight Over Beverley

We’ll take you on a tour of the workshop before taking you on a historical flight to learn more about the history of the Beverley. We’ll fly in a 1939 radial engine aircraft. This is the only type of its kind in the world and we will fly you over Brough where the Beverley was manufactured, take in the dramatic views of the Humber Bridge and then on towards Fort Paull where the XB-259 landed for the very last time.

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