Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette
Save the Skymaster! We had a visit last week from Graham Lowe who came in to our Drive show to talk about this very interesting project.
The aim is to restore a 1945 Douglas C-54 Skymaster – the last one of its kind to fly in Europe, and the only one in the UK.
The history of the plane is a fascinating one, having been involved in World War II as well as Korea and Vietnam. This aircraft also undertook a covert mission to repatriate British prisoners of War from Burma back to America in the 1940s.
Save the Skymaster is now a registered charity, assisting in helping engineering students from Stansted Airport College by training them up in practical aviation skills enabling them to apply the theory that they have learnt.
Our regular presenter Stewart Pink is taking a well-earned break, so Graham chatted to our supersub presenter Andy Gardener about how the project is progressing.
Many of the volunteers are veterans who suffer from PTSD and stress disorders, and they find that working on the Skymaster brings about tremendous relief of symptoms too. whilst the comradeship that is tangible assists in making the loneliness and isolation from the pandemic a thing of the past.
The restoration is taking place at North Weald Airfield and you can hear our interview again at phoenixfm.com. You can find out more about this project by visiting https://www.facebook.com/savetheskymaster.