American aircraft repainted in Imperial War Museum Duxford conservation project

Official viewing of B-25 aircraft. Picture: Steve Brooks.

Official viewing of B-25 aircraft. Picture: Steve Brooks. - Credit: Archant

An American aircraft has been given a new lease of life as part of a conservation project.

Official viewing of B-25 aircraft. Picture: Steve Brooks.

Official viewing of B-25 aircraft. Picture: Steve Brooks. - Credit: Archant

The repainted North American B-25J Mitchell 43-4064 will be displayed in the American Air Museum, at Imperial War Museum Duxford, when it reopens in spring 2016.

Chris Knapp, section head, Industrial and Large Object Conservation, IWM Duxford, said: “The conservation team carried out a structural survey and then a team of three Conservation staff repainted the aircraft within a six week period.

“I’m really pleased with the work they have done. The only element of the repainting that we didn’t undertake in-house was the nose art as we don’t have a sign writer on our staff.

“We have carried out painstaking research to ensure that the aircraft matches the original 43-4064. All lines and colour changes are taken from original photographs of the aircraft during the Second World War.”


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