Avro Shackleton WR963 Airborne

Avro Shackleton WR963 last felt air under her wings on 9 July 1991. The most recent Shackleton flight took place in the USA in December 2009. Follow the story as we make steady progress to ensure it isn't the last.

The Shackleton Aviation Group is currently preparing a restoration programme for Avro Shackleton WR963, with the ultimate goal of having an airworthy airframe to display around the country.


Preserving an aircraft in a museum is a credible achievement. However if the opportunity arises to allow you to bring this aircraft to the general public all over the country, so everyone can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Cold War Warrior, surely it's only right to give your very best to achieve this. 

The aircraft will be worked on through the summer months, covering small items that maintain a level of serviceability between engine and taxi runs. When resources and funding are sufficient, in depth maintenance will be carried out during the winter months. The project is initially estimated to cost around £2 - £3 million, raised solely through Engine Runs, Taxi Rides, Donations, Merchandise Sales and any other funding we can secure along the way. 

We currently have funds ring-fenced for the NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) requirement as laid down by the CAA. This will be used as and when it is required as per the restoration schedule. We estimate this will be done in a number of different 'Stages', such as smaller isolated areas, identified during the inspection phases and those required per the CAA requirements.

While we have a plan for raising funds, if you can spare any money to donate to this worthy cause, it's people like you that will make this project a reality; see our Shop page. Thank you.

"For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.”

Sir Raymond Priestly, Antarctic Explorer and Geologist