REFLECTIONS ON STATIC AIRCRAFT RESTORATION
Chapter 5 - Finally
Malcolm Lambert

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922 Would I do it again? The answer has to be “yes”. Ask me would I do another one and I think the answer would have to be “no”.

I think I have come as close as I am able to get to the feeling that a doctor gets if he brings someone back from near death, but in an engineering context. An inner satisfaction that no monetary value can even get close to.

Without mine or someone else’s intervention WF922 would probably have survived another 20 years before having to be sectioned, now I would hope it will survive as a whole airframe for at least 50 years - and beyond if the museum world wants it to. This is not said or meant in a way that implies no one else couldn’t do it, just that no-one else wanted to do it and I came along with the right intentions and knowledge at the right time.

Another question often asked is “Have you finished?” The truthful answer is I don’t want to finish. I still have a long list of things to do and if someone finds a flare beam and carrier to go with the cameras I would have a go at getting them all working, Failing that I'm slowly working my way through the list as well as doing much-needed care and maintenance and keeping it clean in the midlands environment. I do a little helping out on other museum projects in my spare time.

All of this is why the museum community must attract enthusiasts and budding engineers who have a sense that our technical aviation heritage is important. There is nowhere near the numbers of people being trained to the same degree as my generation was and it’s up to us to pass on those skills at a very local level wherever we can.

Because if we don’t, unlike old soldiers, engineers do die and, sadly in most cases, their knowledge and skills dies with them.

Malcolm Lambert
Midlands Air Museum
2006

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