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 BHAM 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 passed to the Italian Air Force where she would go on to serve for 10 years. Placed into storage during 1969, one year later she would eventually be snapped up by the museum for its Southend collection although 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. From here she was roaded to SEN where she became part of the museum 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 placed out in 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, however by the end of 1983, ownership had been passed on to the British Air Reserve although she wouldn’t actually be moved from the former museum site until 1985. In 1991 she was sold on again, this time to the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford where she was once again restored to museum exhibit standard. It was in 1994 that she would then disappear abroad to France where she would stay until 2002, returning 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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