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The first major complete aircraft to be restored entirely at Retrotec was a 1932 Hawker Nimrod I (S-1581), the naval version of the famous Hawker Fury fighter of the ‘30’s. This aircraft is now flying with the Fighter Collection at Duxford, where it was exchanged for a Hawker Hurricane in 2005.

Other projects include:

  • A static restoration of a Messerschmitt Bf 109F for the National Aviation Museum, Canada
  • A static Spitfire Mk VC for the USAF Museum, Dayton, Ohio
  • A Static Messerschmitt Komet 163 for the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum Seattle.
  • A 1935 Hawker Nimrod II was completed in 2006, for Historic Aircraft Collection (see the Historic Aircraft Collection website for aircraft histories).
  • Flying with Historic Aircraft Collection is the only known flying Hawker Fury (K-5674), discovered initially by the RAF Museum.
  • Completed by Retrotec in 2015 was a static Fe 2b for the RAF Museum that had been started by another contractor.
  • Two Sopwith Pups were constructed by Skysport Engineering, though a large amount of the metalwork was done by Retrotec’s predecessor, Aero Vintage Ltd.
  • One final Sopwith Pup was completed entirely by Retrotec in 2017, from a holding of original parts from N-6161 for a client.
  • Two original 1918 DH9’s WW1 bombers. One has been completed as a static exhibit for the Imperial War Museum in 2015, the other has been rebuilt and was first flown in May 2019.

A number of further aircraft were rebuilt partly or wholly by third party companies, but project managed or commissioned by Aero Vintage for themselves or for Historic Aircraft Collection, including the supply of a many original rebuilt items. These aircraft include:

  • A Tiger Moth (rebuilt a second time after Guy Black crashed it)
  • Bristol Fighter F2b (Rolls Royce Falcon). Many metal airframe parts were rebuilt by Retrotec, including the radiator, oil tank, fuel tank, gun ring and cowlings and not least the exceedingly rare Rolls Royce Falcon engine, but the one and only part of the engine subcontracted (the cylinder liner reconditioning) failed and the aircraft consequently flew only briefly as the engine was wrecked. It is now with the National Aviation Museum Canada.
  • Boeing Stearman or perhaps more correctly it should be now called a Stearperson? Rebuilt with an engine conversion to a Lycoming 9-cylinder radial engine and VP propeller.
  • Curtiss Jenny JN4H (we are not sure where it is now).
  • Fairey Battle now with the Belgian National Collection.
  • An original Nieuport 28; the engine and some metal parts were rebuilt by Aero Vintage whilst the airframe was rebuilt by Skysport Engineering. After a brief and frightening flying career it is now residing with the Fort Rucker US Army Museum
  • An original Bristol Fighter F2b-17 300-HP Hispano for the Belgian National Collection
  • An original Fieseler Storch built in 1942, with wooden wings and an Argus engine. Now with the Italian Airforce Museum where it has been tentatively identified as the aircraft that recued Mussolini from the top of the Gran Sasso mountain in Italy, where Mussolini escaped to Germany.
  • Several Spitfires

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