Historic plane won’t fly north for Hull festival

Published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 by The News Editor

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The Science Museum has pledged to back Hull’s City of Culture events despite the fact it has refused to allow the city to borrow Amy Johnson’s historic plane.

Science Museum officials have explained their decision not to release the historic “Jason” plane for the Amy Johnson Festival.

They say the disruption and expense of shifting the legendary Hull-born aviator’s Gipsy Moth is prohibitive.

The museum estimates the cost of removing it would have been well into six figures, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

Johnson became the first woman to pilot a solo flight to Australia from Britain during 1930.

Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group, said: “We took very seriously the loan request we received last year for Jason, particularly given the ambitious plans for the Amy Johnson Festival in Hull.

“Unfortunately, removing an aircraft from the centre of a gallery is a complex operation.

“In this case, it would involve taking down several other suspended aircraft and a mezzanine walkway before removing a section of wall or roof so the plane could be extracted from the third floor of the museum using a large crane.

“The whole operation would cost several hundred thousand pounds and cause enormous disruption.”

Festival director Rick Welton is trying to obtain a different Gipsy Moth for next year’s Amy Johnson Festival.

He said: “We can fully understand the problems the museum would have both in terms of cost and disruption. But we have had other proposals so the museum can be involved in some way or another.”

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Published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 by The News Editor

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