Charlie Fox has been at its final resting place at the old Liverpool Speke aerodrome undergoing restoration since 2007. During this time many local and national companies as well as individuals have helped our restoration efforts through volunteering, sponsorship or donations of goods, services and funds.

We would like to acknowledge the following companies and individuals for all their help since 2007. We would also like to thank and acknowledge all those who have helped the Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust in its preservation and restoration of Charlie Fox since its salvage from the RAF Manston fire dump in 1984 including all those who have donated in our collection boxes and for whom we do not have a name. All help in whatever form will always be greatly appreciated as it really does make a difference to our project.

Companies and organisations


Speke Crowne Plaza Hotel: hosting the aircraft on their grounds and supplying power and water supply for restoration. Crowne Plaza Hotels are part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) a global group of hotels.

Kewgreen Hotels: hosting the aircraft on their grounds. The company now operates over 50 hotels in key cities in the UK and manages the Speke Crowne Plaza hotel. Most of the hotels are operated under franchise agreements with some of the world’s leading hotel brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Express, Courtyard by Marriott and Ramada

Neptune Developments Ltd: £2500 donation. Neptune Developments Ltd is a property developer based in Liverpool. It negotiates the complexities of urban regeneration and builds meaningful and highly effective partnerships. Lime Street regeneration in Liverpool and St John Bosco Arts College are some of Neptune’s developments.

Speke Aerodrome Heritage Group (SAHG): restoration work and loan of equipment. The SAHG is a registered charity which preserves and restores a number of aircraft on the old Speke Aerodrome apron where Charlie Fox is also located. They welcomed Charlie Fox in 2007 and continue to be good colleagues for the Charlie Fox crew. Both charities restore their respective aircraft on the apron behind the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Elnor Engineering: restoration of main undercarriage and other engineering services. Manufacturers of CNC sheet metal work, components and specialist aluminium fabrications, for supply to the motor body and agricultural industries.

Skywheels: restoration of all main undercarriage wheels. Founded by former Dan-Air employee's in 1991, Skywheels Group Ltd has grown to serve the aviation industry for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul of Wheels, Brakes, Safety and Medical Equipment.

Bookajet: Logistics. Bookajet is a British aircraft charter and management company based at Farnborough Airport. Since 1997 Bookajet has supplied private air transportation to many of the world’s most influential companies and individuals.

Friends of Viscount Stephen Peircey: £500 donation. Part of the Gatwick Aviation Society, Friends of aircraft G-APIM ‘Viscount Stephen Piercey’ undertake fundraising and other activities which goes towards the preservation and restoration of ‘Viscount Stephen Percy’.

Chemetall: aircraft paint and paint stripping consultancy and supplies. Chemetall is a global company which specialises in the chemical treatment of metal surfaces. Like no other company, Chemetall focusesits worldwide activities on the development and implementation of customized technology solutions in Surface Treatment.
Macclesfield College: restoration work undertaken by the college’s engineering students. Macclesfield College is a further education and higher education college in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Newcastle College: restoration work undertaken by the college’s engineering students. Newcastle College is a further education and higher education college in Newcastle, Tyne & Wear.

Northbrook College: restoration work undertaken by the college’s engineering students. Northbrook College is a further education and higher education college in Sussex.

A1 Breakdown: transportation of main undercarriage to engineering workshop A1 breakdown is based in the Wirral and offers a comprehensive and professional breakdown service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

PDL Scaffolding: provided scaffolding at cost for riveting of joins. PDL Scaffolding are based in Widnes and are the premier scaffolders in the North West.

National Rescue: cranage and storage services. The National Rescue Group is a Group 24hr Vehicle Breakdown Service and Vehicle Repair Centre based in Surrey.

Roadcraft Crane & Plant Hire Ltd: transportation Roadcraft Crane & Plant Hire Ltd serves clients across Merseyside. It provides lifting equipment and tools for long and short term hire in Merseyside and the surrounding areas.


Mr Trevor Wright
Mr Arif Halit
Mr Phil Kelly
Mr & Mrs Bernard and Dena Swift
Mr Andy Lambert
Mr Albie Bray – Crowne Plaza Hotel concierge and tour guide
Mr Brian Dixon – Newcastle College and secretary of the British Aviation Preservation Council
The late Mr Mick Bates


Most of our volunteers including the trustees carry out hands-on work on the aircraft as well as administrative work. Some volunteers live too far from Liverpool and therefore cannot be on site for restoration work. However, they undertake very important administrative work such as running our website, fundraising activities etc. Most of the volunteers have also contributed funds or goods in addition to their time, which is fantastic.

The late Mr Mick Bates
Mr Roger Hargreaves, BAPT Chairman
Mr Eric Tarrant, BAPT Trustee
Mrs Dena Swift, BAPT Trustee
Mr Alan Pennington, BAPT Trustee
Mr Peter Davies, BAPT Trustee
Mrs Delphine Ryan, restoration work
Mr Alastair Hills, restoration work
Mr Andrew Appleton, website and IT
Mr Chris Morty, restoration work
Mr Alex Donovan, restoration work