Published 11:53 on 12 Jun 2019
Work to raise the wreck of a Fairey Barracuda from the Solent is expected to be complete soon. The torpedo bomber crashed into the sea in 1943. Its recovery will aid an ongoing project to recreate the world's only complete example of this type of aircraft. The curator of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum, David Morris, described the find as like discovering 'the lid of the jigsaw box,' aiding their 40-year effort to build a replica model – as none of the 2,500 aircraft produced survive today. This is the first model to be found that has not been catastrophically damaged.
Contractors are currently installing cable ducts at Monks Hill Beach in front of the car park and have temporarily installed a footbridge over some of the works to maintain public access. They expect this bridge to remain in place for approximately three weeks.
NP 289 (pictured above) is due to arrive in Southampton on 13th June. It is expected to start laying HVAC cable between Chilling and Monks Hill Beach at the end of June for a period of approximately six to eight weeks.
When cable laying is in process, the Club will be able to communicate with the cable-layers by VHF and, possibly, mobile phone. Further details will be provided to OODs shortly.
For more information visit our IFA webpage where you will also find links to pages of the IFA2 Project website offering the latest news and a way of locating NP 289.
Last updated 15:22 on 12 June 2019