Fiat G.46-1B

Fiat G

NC.32/I-AEHE/BAPC.79 – c/n MM52799

At the H.A.M from Mid-1971 to May 1983*

It would appear that by the standards of the time, the B.H.A.M. had developed quite a knack for locating and acquiring rare birds including this Fiat G.46 trainer. She was initially delivered to the Ministero di Fesa Aeronautica in 1959 and was then quickly passed to the Italian Air Force where she would go on to serve for 10 years. She was finally placed into storage during 1969 and would remain there for around a year before being snapped up by the H.A.M. for its collection. However, being in a non-airworthy condition, she had to be flown into Shoreham by the Italian Air Force in one of their C-118 Liftmaster transport aircraft and from here she would then be roaded to Southend where she became part of the museum collection during mid-1971. Painted in an all silver colour scheme without serial numbers or a registration, she was initially displayed within the newly built hanger, although by 1974 she had been relegated to the museum compound.

With the museum’s closure came her would be saviour in the form of Visionair who also purchased the H.A.M.’s Mitchell, although by the end of 1983, ownership had been passed on to the British Air Reserve who left her to languish on the former museum site until 1985. In 1991 she was sold on again, this time to the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford where she would again find herself being restored to museum exhibit standard. Then in 1994, she disappeared abroad to France where she would stay until 2002, finally returning once more to the UK in a partially dismantled state and with a number of her important internal parts missing. As of 2015, she was undergoing a thorough restoration which will hopefully see her being returned to the air under the ward and stewardship of Phil Earthy of Norwich.

 

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