Britain's oldest aircraft restored by Scottish museum



2016-01-18 14:06:50

Britain's oldest aircraft has been restored by the National Museum of Scotland to honor the Scottish based aviation pioneer Percy Pilcher, who built the aircraft in 1896.

'The Hawk' has been fully restored and will be one of a handful of historic planes which will be suspended from the ceiling as part of a £14 Million expansion project at the museum.

The Hawk was completed in the March of 1896 and was successfully flown on a number of occasions. The final occasion however, was not so successful. Pilcher decided to take the contraption out for a flight during stormy weather and a snap was heard after the aircraft rose to between 30 and 60 feet. The Hawk then plummeted to the ground, trapping Pilcher, who was to die three days later from his injuries. 

The Hawk aircraft will be exhibited at the National Museum later this year. 


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