The Rescue Operation
On 29th June 1989 G-APIM was offered to Brooklands Museum and so in July Brooklands Curator of Aviation, Julian Temple and Roger Hargreaves of `Proteus Aero Services' inspected G-APIM and agreed with B.A.F. on a long term loan of the Aircraft to Brooklands Museum for Preservation and static display.
This webmaster Andy Lambert (then the Managing Director of Brooklands based National Rescue) was asked to coordinate the aircrafts recovery.
Between August 1989 and February 1990, Proteus' Mick Bates under took temporary repairs to the aircraft and dismantled it ready for transportation.
To assist him Andy drove his Militant Crane "Milly" to Southend to help with dismantling. You can read more about Milly on her own website here
Milly spent three months at Southend as the guest of British World Airlines, dismantling VSP. On the 11-02-90 Milly was joined by the Brooklands Belle pictures above (Milly's jib can just be seen at the back) and some members of the Brooklands Recovery Engineering and Salvage Team (BREAST) Website
The main fuselage was loaded and transported by NRG making 'IM' the only Viscount to travel under the River Thames (via the Dartford Tunnel) on its way back to its birthplace at Brooklands.
Next day the official unloading took place, in the presence of Stephen's family, The Mayor, Sir Peter Masefield and Sir George Edwards. Since that momentous day, many hours of hard work and fund raising have gone into preserving this historic and relevant exhibit at Brooklands Museum.
There is a short video on the aircrafts recovery and some of those trips Here