(WR963 is currently undergoing winter servicing)

These pages cover the efforts by the Shackleton Preservation Trust to return

Avro Shackleton WR963 to flight, as an enduring flying memorial to RAF Coastal Command

WR963 has 594 flying hours left.
We need your donations to rebuild the aircraft to a condition where she will be able to use them.


Our Shackleton is known by her serial number WR963, and is currently based at Coventry Airport. WR963 is one of the last of a dying breed of Avro aircraft; a descendant of the legendary Lancaster.  

There were 185 Shackletons built; now none of them are airworthy and there are less than 20 left worldwide.

Less than a handful of that number are still capable of running.

WR963 is one of those lucky few. With your help, she might just fly again.

WR963 served the United Kingdom on the front line during the cold war, starting in 1954, searching for submarines and later in her twilight years as an airborne early warning aircraft. She was retired from active duty and made her last flight to Coventry Airport during 1991 after being sold at a Ministry of Defence auction. For the past two decades she has been in the care of Air Atlantique, and more recently the Shackleton Preservation Trust (charity number 1020951).

The Shackleton never entered the aircraft preservation scene as an airshow performer, with the last flight in the UK taking place in 1994, when sister ship WL790 left to cross the Atlantic to the USA.

This website includes links to the various fundraising, engineering works, administration and other tasks that the Shackleton Preservation Trust carry out in the pursuit of seeing WR963 fly again - and bring the sound of four Griffons to the skies over the UK once more.