The Stirling Aircraft Project is undertaking to rebuild the forward fuselage of a Short Stirling, the historic bomber used in the World War Two.
Stirling was the first of UK's RAF's four-engine aircraft in action during the Second World War. It is said that none is known to exist today, although over 2,300 Stirlings were built then. For historic reasons too, this project will undertake to reconstruct the bomber for display. It would involve salvaging old Stirling parts from across Europe, as well as re-engineering sections to bring the fuselage and its key components together.
Dormer Pramet, UK-based cutting tool manufacturer, will lend a hand in this unique restoration project, donating a range of sheet metal drills and stub drills for drilling imperial bolts, rivets and split pins. Dormer A123 and A119 drills are designed for drilling thin sheet steel and panels to provide reliable and high performance and are available in several standard sizes to suit common rivets, screws and bolts. The company's A022 HSS TiN tip-coated stub drill has a self-centring split-point to allow for positional accuracy and hole quality, Dormer says.
John Lathwell, secretary of the Stirling Aircraft Project, said: “We are re-building an “extinct” aircraft by constructing the forward fuselage section of the Short Stirling, incorporating the main crew stations. This will then be a lasting tribute to the people who designed, built, flew and maintained this historic aircraft.”
“Our eventual aim is to have a completed cockpit on display at RAF Museum Hendon, where future generations can view and experience the Stirling.”