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March 2015

News just in!!!!!!

Janet can be seen on KSTP TV News coverage

 http://kstp.com/news/stories/s3740698.shtml

 

Finally the winter window is starting to close and the spring is getting closer. The winter months have allowed us to concentrate on many areas from Janet’s maintenance to a new line of clothing for 2015 to list but a few.

 

We were recently excited to announce our appearance for the 2015 AirVenture event at Oshkosh this summer, and plans for Janet to arrive on the opening Monday with her and the team positioned in the main Plaza during her stay. There is some other great plans being put together by the EAA which we are pleased to be part of along with a special visit of Gannet Veterans from various countries where more will be announced closer to the event.

 

We are continually receiving requests from the press and public asking where we will be attending during the season, and since the announcement of Oshkosh we have also firmed up with other shows which is due to be posted within the next ten days for you all.
The Wings of Steel Foundation will be holding some great talks and events for all the family to be involved in during this season, so please keep checking their website for details. On the new clothing line, the team will be wearing their new 2015 Team flight suits we hope you will like, and in conjunction with them we will be launching for all our supporters and enthusiasts our new line of T-Shirts and apparel with great new designs. Along with them we will be having “must have” items such as really cool patches, special commemorative posters, and even unique colour images of Janet on metal plaques.

 

 

Lastly on a special note as we get allot of people supporting us on the recovery of Janet’s stolen spare parts. What we can say so far is, we want to say a special thank you to some very honest people so far who have made contact with our officials with information to help the recovery. Anyone that confidentially contacts us with information that helps to recover Janet’s stolen parts and equipment is not only helping the continued preservation of a time capsule of British and world aviation history but making sure that fowl play doesn’t prevail, but rightful and honest hard earned causes do.

 

 

We thank you all for your genuine support, bring on the Spring!!!!  

 

February 2015

Dear Friends and Supporters,

January has seen the start of “Janet” preparations for this season event appearances. A great addition to the navigational aids has been the new arrival of some great navigational software developed by AvPlan Efb.  Apart from the built in navigation that “Janet” has, by using AvPlan installed on IPads gives the pilot and crew a great amount of additional information and flexibility which is required travelling to events where redirection information at the last moment can be easily calculated. If you haven’t seen it before you must try it and go to their website www.avsoft.com.au/avplan  

We will be showing much more on AvPlan on our website and Facebook page in the coming news announcements.

For the 2015 season there is many more new additions and cool changes, which over the coming couple of months we will unveil for you all.

We are also very proud to support the Wings of Steel Foundation’s educational efforts. The W.O.S.F has made great strides in helping educate our younger generation as well as general public and aircraft operators with the opening of their talks in 2014.

This year we are very excited to see they have just installed one of the largest murals you can imagine into the hangar building to commemorate XT752, manufactured and designed by Visual Impact www.printingbiggerbetter.com  and L.D Grace www.larrygrace.com . This mural details XT752’s technical details, history and commemoration to 849 squadron of which she served in the Royal Navy.

We can announce that the W.O.S.F has planned for its debut pubic viewing in the spring during an official opening.
There is much more to announce but we will leave it until next month’s newsletter for some more updates!!!!

We thank everyone who supports “Janet”, it takes a great deal to keep her operational so please donate whenever possible as ALL funds go towards her preservation

IMPORTANT

We have been inundated with requests to plan a visit with Janet to our cousins in the UK and attend some key events.
As promised we owe it to our UK supporters to let them know the latest situation.
In short, after Shannan winning the case in the UK courts this summer against the individuals who were found guilty of committing fraud and the consequent theft and resale to the named receivers of Janet’s huge spares and equipment consignment stored in the UK, Shannan had hoped the chain of recipients of her stolen goods after receiving notification would have volunteered to come forward with all information and aid the return of what was never lawfully theirs to handle or have.
Unfortunately Shannan has now been forced to chase the recovery of XT752’s stolen goods, as individuals appear to be harbouring them and any aid to help track them down.
As you all can probably imagine, this puts a huge unfair strain in many directions on the good people trying so hard to keep this wonderful aircraft flying especially when the law has confirmed these goods are not anyone else’s except Shannan’s.
It seems that the recipients of the goods may have ganged together and don’t want the moral and lawful rights to prevail, so Shannan and her team can be allowed the well earned right to build on what we believe has successfully brought together a great community of world wide Gannet supporters, as well as bringing XT752 back to life despite all the odds deliberately stacked against her.
Due to the circumstances over our spares and equipment not being returned as they should, it’s sadly unwise for XT752 to visit the UK being so far away from her base without any of her unique spares to support her as back up until they are returned to us. We have been so excited to show XT752 in a tour of the UK, but the people who have the knowledge of our parts and their locations are destroying this, and XT752’s safe future, our sincere attempts to visit the UK, and all the enthusiasts in Europe of the opportunity  to see this special aircraft and her very special history doing what she does best.      

TO THE RECIPIENTS OF OUR GOODS.

For public notice and for the recipients of our goods, we had a vast T5 and Mk 3 spares consignment compiled into two full 40’ sea containers, of which each container housed MK 3 and the other T5 parts and equipment. In these spares of new original parts were multiples of brand new undercarriage legs, complete propellers and hub units, auxiliary gearboxes, control surfaces and so on etc for both types.
They were originally stored at Hawarden Air Services UK, and as the UK court records show fraudulently acquired by Mark Petrie/N.W.M.A.S UK, in collaboration with Raymond Middleton / QG Aviation (Colorado).
Mark Petrie/ N.W.M.A.S then conducted an illegal private sale to recipients in the UK whom we have been continuously trying to get their full response over the transaction, but as yet nothing.
If you have knowledge of the locations, dealings, or have purchased, received any Fairey Gannet parts/equipment since 2005 onwards, especially if you know they originally came from the source we have named, you need to contact us urgently.
Also if you have acquired Fairey Gannet spares along with or for a project, again please come forward now and contact us. As a handler or recipient of possible or actual stolen goods no matter how far down the line of receivers, there is a legal obligation to immediately report it.

If you are a recipient of these goods or uncertain of this in any way, take this opportunity to come forward with information and details to aid their recovery and it will be kept confidentially from the public, before its too late and these options are not available down the line through the stages of law enforcement tracing and recovery. If you have or suspect you are using some of Shannan’s spares or equipment for a project etc, “STOP NOW” its illegal, and contact us immediately. This will benefit everyone involved if you come forward now under confidentiality, and allow the proper channels to address the receipt of the goods directly from its originating source.

AS FOLLOWS; 

We hope that decency, honesty and sense will prevail and the people out there having knowledge of this will come forward. All information we receive leading us to the goods will be kept confidential from the public at this time.  

 

January 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

We hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.

We are looking forward to a positive and exciting year ahead where we will keep you all informed as it happens.

Now at the start of this year "Janets" stolen spare parts and equipment recovery is of the highest importants. We have attached below the details so far about them, as the recipients of the goods in the UK have still ignored legal requests for help for their recovery!!!!!!! We are now calculating why the recipients will not respond to lawful requests!!  Hopefully before we have to go fully public giving all the details to international news outlets to aid us, there is some honesty and human being still left in these people allowing them to come forward to help us properly, knowing they received what is not theirs to have or handle, and have been made very aware of it. 

 

IMPORTANT

We have been inundated with requests to plan a visit with Janet to our cousins in the UK and attend some key events.
As promised we owe it to our UK supporters to let them know the latest situation.
In short, after Shannan winning the case in the UK courts this summer against the individuals who were found guilty of committing fraud and the consequent theft and resale to the named receivers of Janet’s huge spares and equipment consignment stored in the UK, Shannan had hoped the chain of recipients of her stolen goods after receiving notification would have volunteered to come forward with all information and aid the return of what was never lawfully theirs to handle or have.
Unfortunately Shannan has now been forced to chase the recovery of XT752’s stolen goods, as individuals appear to be harbouring them and any aid to help track them down.
As you all can probably imagine, this puts a huge unfair strain in many directions on the good people trying so hard to keep this wonderful aircraft flying especially when the law has confirmed these goods are not anyone else’s except Shannan’s.
It seems that the recipients of the goods may have ganged together and don’t want the moral and lawful rights to prevail, so Shannan and her team can be allowed the well earned right to build on what we believe has successfully brought together a great community of world wide Gannet supporters, as well as bringing XT752 back to life despite all the odds deliberately stacked against her.
Due to the circumstances over our spares and equipment not being returned as they should, it’s sadly unwise for XT752 to visit the UK being so far away from her base without any of her unique spares to support her as back up until they are returned to us. We have been so excited to show XT752 in a tour of the UK, but the people who have the knowledge of our parts and their locations are destroying this, and XT752’s safe future, our sincere attempts to visit the UK, and all the enthusiasts in Europe of the opportunity  to see this special aircraft and her very special history doing what she does best.      

TO THE RECIPIENTS OF OUR GOODS.

For public notice and for the recipients of our goods, we had a vast T5 and Mk 3 spares consignment compiled into two full 40’ sea containers, of which each container housed MK 3 and the other T5 parts and equipment. In these spares of new original parts were multiples of brand new undercarriage legs, complete propellers and hub units, auxiliary gearboxes, control surfaces and so on etc for both types.
They were originally stored at Hawarden Air Services UK, and as the UK court records show fraudulently acquired by Mark Petrie/N.W.M.A.S UK, in collaboration with Raymond Middleton (Colorado).
Mark Petrie/ N.W.M.A.S then conducted an illegal private sale to recipients in the UK whom we have been continuously trying to get their full response over the transaction, but as yet nothing.
If you have knowledge of the locations, dealings, or have purchased, received any Fairey Gannet parts/equipment since 2005 onwards, especially if you know they originally came from the source we have named, you need to contact us urgently.
Also if you have acquired Fairey Gannet spares along with or for a project, again please come forward now and contact us. As a handler or recipient of possible or actual stolen goods no matter how far down the line of receivers, there is a legal obligation to immediately report it.

If you are a recipient of these goods or uncertain of this in any way, take this opportunity to come forward with information and details to aid their recovery and it will be kept confidentially from the public, before its too late and these options are not available down the line through the stages of law enforcement tracing and recovery. If you have or suspect you are using some of Shannan’s spares or equipment for a project etc, “STOP NOW” its illegal, and contact us immediately. This will benefit everyone involved if you come forward now under confidentiality, and allow the proper channels to address the receipt of the goods directly from its originating source.

AS FOLLOWS; 

We hope that decency, honesty and sense will prevail and the people out there having knowledge of this will come forward. All information we receive leading us to the goods will be kept confidential from the public at this time.  

 

December 2014

Well here we are at the end of another year, and it has gone so quickly !!.
It has been wonderful seeing “Janet” in all her glory attending some great events, and for us to have gathered many wonderful new friends.

On a very serous situation, we would like to make this announcement

IMPORTANT

We have been inundated with requests to plan a visit with Janet to our cousins in the UK and attend some key events.
As promised we owe it to our UK supporters to let them know the latest situation.
In short, after Shannan winning the case in the UK courts this summer against the individuals who were found guilty of committing fraud and the consequent theft and resale to the named receivers of Janet’s huge spares and equipment consignment stored in the UK, Shannan had hoped the chain of recipients of her stolen goods after receiving notification would have volunteered to come forward with all information and aid the return of what was never lawfully theirs to handle or have.
Unfortunately Shannan has now been forced to chase the recovery of XT752’s stolen goods, as individuals appear to be harbouring them and any aid to help track them down.
As you all can probably imagine, this puts a huge unfair strain in many directions on the good people trying so hard to keep this wonderful aircraft flying especially when the law has confirmed these goods are not anyone else’s except Shannan’s.
It seems that the recipients of the goods may have ganged together and don’t want the moral and lawful rights to prevail, so Shannan and her team can be allowed the well earned right to build on what we believe has successfully brought together a great community of world wide Gannet supporters, as well as bringing XT752 back to life despite all the odds deliberately stacked against her.
Due to the circumstances over our spares and equipment not being returned as they should, it’s sadly unwise for XT752 to visit the UK being so far away from her base without any of her unique spares to support her as back up until they are returned to us. We have been so excited to show XT752 in a tour of the UK, but the people who have the knowledge of our parts and their locations are destroying this, and XT752’s safe future, our sincere attempts to visit the UK, and all the enthusiasts in Europe of the opportunity  to see this special aircraft and her very special history doing what she does best.      

TO THE RECIPIENTS OF OUR GOODS.

For public notice and for the recipients of our goods, we had a vast T5 and Mk 3 spares consignment compiled into two full 40’ sea containers, of which each container housed MK 3 and the other T5 parts and equipment. In these spares of new original parts were multiples of brand new undercarriage legs, complete propellers and hub units, auxiliary gearboxes, control surfaces and so on etc for both types.
They were originally stored at Hawarden Air Services UK, and as the UK court records show fraudulently acquired by Mark Petrie/N.W.M.A.S UK, in collaboration with Raymond Middleton (Colorado).
Mark Petrie/ N.W.M.A.S then conducted an illegal private sale to recipients in the UK whom we have been continuously trying to get their full response over the transaction, but as yet nothing.
If you have knowledge of the locations, dealings, or have purchased, received any Fairey Gannet parts/equipment since 2005 onwards, especially if you know they originally came from the source we have named, you need to contact us urgently.
Also if you have acquired Fairey Gannet spares along with or for a project, again please come forward now and contact us. As a handler or recipient of possible or actual stolen goods no matter how far down the line of receivers, there is a legal obligation to immediately report it.

If you are a recipient of these goods or uncertain of this in any way, take this opportunity to come forward with information and details to aid their recovery and it will be kept confidentially from the public, before its too late and these options are not available down the line through the stages of law enforcement tracing and recovery. If you have or suspect you are using some of Shannan’s spares or equipment for a project etc, “STOP NOW” its illegal, and contact us immediately. This will benefit everyone involved if you come forward now under confidentiality, and allow the proper channels to address the receipt of the goods directly from its originating source.

We hope that decency, honesty and sense will prevail and the people out there having any knowledge of this will come forward. All information we receive leading us to the goods will be kept confidential from the public at this time.

 

November 2014

 

Firstly we are sorry for the delay over the last few days in updating our news, as it was a technical problem which has now been rectified!!!!!! Hooray.

 

Well, what can we say other than “WOW”!!! “Janet’s” press and media attention is being followed around a great deal of the world, and all her amazing supporters of which we get so many great replies from must be very proud that their unique historic aircraft attracts so much popularity.

 

Also our official Facebook page shows live updates where anyone can just view without joining if you are not a Facebook person. However please take the time to be a friend of “Janet” on Facebook, as it’s a great deal of fun for supporters. 

 

It’s great that many magazines and event organizers are treating our wonderful lady like one of their family, and that’s what we believe Janet should be enjoyed by everyone who loves aviation and get opportunities to see her. In 2015 we would love to see all of you aviation enthusiasts, so come and say hi to us at events and learn much more about this fantastic aircraft that carries so many historical achievements and unique technical innovations from a 50’s decade where aviation technology was at a huge turning point and she was in the centre of it.

 

OUR APPEAL. Its that time of year when “Janet” requires your kind financial support to help us keep her preserved and operational as we want to see her please enthusiasts for years to come.
Please, please take time to donate to XT752 and be a part of the achievement to keep her flying, as the funds go to paying for very needed items to keep her operational and attend shows.

See you in December :)

 

October 2014

Were so excited to hear and see the response from all our supporters, enthusiasts, event organizers and the press once they see ”Janet” in person at shows or in media coverage.

 

Were happily inundated with requests for the team to attend shows for 2015 and were working on some cool appearances that we hope will make many happy to see her.

 

Two big questions have been constantly asked of us which are, can the team do a tour of some southern states, and will we go to the UK on a tour of select shows.
The answer is yes to both, obviously there are some logistics involved with  taking Janet and a support team far away from home and this includes funding.
Were asking for all potential sponsors for either unique tour to please make contact with us for more information.

 

Lastly we have had a great deal of kind supporters around the world continue to ask about “Janet’s” support spares and equipment and their return. We will be giving you all an update on this separate subject over the coming few months.

 

“Thank you all for being such great supporters of a great one of a kind aircraft”

 

 September 2014

 

Wow!!!! What an amazing August.

The wonderful success of XT752 attending the EAA’s Oshkosh Airventure allowed many people and media from all over the world learn about a very rare and unique aircraft that they never had seen before up close and operational.


“Janet” and the team attended the Duluth Aviation Expo also in August and despite poor weather the crowds were not deterred in any way. The team in association with BatteryMinder were constantly answering questions from the public which we all enjoy. Revel’s kit of XT752 was in great demand and the team were happy to sign them for everyone who asked. We were in great company with the Blue Angels F18 display team, and we realized the art of zapping was not dead, as XT752 all of a sudden had a Blue Angels sticker on her tail hook without anyone seeing. Needles to say we will have our own back some time in the future!!!!!:)
It was great to meet new friends at Duluth and we hope to see you all in the near future again.


The current excitement from the public, press and airshow organisers to see “Janet” at future events has been huge spreading internationally, this aircraft and her history is a one in a million and we would certainly like everyone to celebrate and share in her well earned sixty years of glory.


From years ago we thought “Janet” had a very special talent for making people of all ages smile in awe and amazement, almost magical reminiscent of a great movie called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Today we are sure she is the closest thing to it after seeing the masses of people who love her.

Bookings are already being taken for next season and were talking to new sponsors for 2015. Please contact us if you would like to enquire about booking Team Gannet or importantly become a sponsor to help us keep her flying for the future.

 

August 2014

 

Were sorry for the delay in this months update, but we are excited to let everyone know it was for a great cause as our team was attending Oshkosh’s Air Venture with Janet as one of the top performers and attractions at the show on her 60th birthday month!!!!!!!!.

Words cannot say enough how overwhelmed we are with the huge positive reaction to “Janet”. On the opening day she flew in on her show slot time for everyone to see, and since then it has been non stop with TV, Video and media interviews who all want to learn more about this amazing aircraft.
The great news for our supporters and enthusiasts is that Janet has been inundated with requests to attend events so it gives many more of you the opportunity to see her who didn’t get to Oshkosh.


We are also very humbled by receiving the good wishes and kindness that is showering us from everyone at the event, through from the public, EAA, sponsors and affiliated organizations, and we thank you greatly for your continued support.    


One of the amazing moments came when two veteran Gannet crew came to see us, one from Australia and the other from the US who was on exchange thirty eight years ago with the Royal Navy and actually flew Janet!!!!!
Without any hesitation we placed both these wonderful men back inside the aircraft they knew so well and you could see them almost going back in time as though it was yesterday when they flew in service. We are so very proud that XT752 continues to represent such a wonderful part of Navy history that continues to affect so many lives to this day in a great way.

We will be putting more of this story of Janet meeting her veterans at Oshkosh in our website during the next update for you all to read.
To bring you up to date of our appearance at Oshkosh, please go to the links of the EAA at

http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure/eaa-airventure-news-and-multimedia/eaa-airventure-news/eaa-airventure-oshkosh/2014-08-01-Janet_the_Gannet_Spins_Her_Props_in_Two_Directions

http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-shop/shop/search?term=fairey gannet

http://www.eaavideo.org/video.aspx?v=3705543679001 (Fairey Gannet Video) 

 

 July 2014 

 

We thank everyone for their very kind words and very genuine support in reply to the lower paragraphs in this months news.

All of the team are just down to earth good normal people who try hard.     
We have kindly been made aware that a couple of individuals on an aviation forum have been trying to spin some kind of justification for actions that have now been judged were illegal, which still at this time currently deny XT752 of her consignment of supporting parts and equipment.

For simple clarification to help those forum individuals decide on justice;
2004 “Janet” was stranded in Goose Bay.
2005 When the weather improved to see Janet, it was apparent spares and tooling of Shannan’s which had already arrived in the UK for XT752 were required.

2005 Shannan and some of the team were then denied access to our aircrafts parts where they were located in Wales UK, and a short time later unknowing to the owner Shannan, they were taken by Mark Petrie/NWMAS’s and as per the court records sold to Kennet Aviation again without any knowledge by the owner Shannan.

March 2006 Mark Petrie,  Ray Middleton started court action in Mold Court Wales as per their records against Mark Petries brother Robert Petrie, as they believed Robert was holding XT752’s log books. They wanted them as they had a UK buyer in a private deal for XT752 who was prepared to have her shipped to the UK again without the owner Shannan’s knowledge at the time. In order to sell her to this buyer they needed the log books. Giving an impression they were representing lawful ownership of XT752 in a court action Robert Petrie was unfairly dragged into a hearing by these individuals pretending to have legal rights to XT752. On realizing he didn’t have the log books the case closed without any court penalties to Robert and without any court awards relating to XT752 however Robert lost a great deal of funds in lawyers fees against these two individuals.

April 2006 Not long after Mark Petrie as “TrippleDriver” a handle name on Flypast Forum starts a spin campaign to readers giving an impression Petrie and Libelle Inc (Middleton’s company) are now lawful representatives of XT752’s documentation derived from the Mold court attendance. Petrie states, “The case was already here’d two weeks ago, and the Judge found in favour of Libelle Inc.” The thread continues. “In this case the outcome is known, the judge has made an order to hand over all paperwork, logbooks etc to Libelle Inc”.

In short, we believe to take what is not yours especially for immoral gain is still as we are aware illegal and frowned upon in most parts of the world, and the final court ruling upholds this. We are now glad there is official closure to years of confusion to others and the public. Now we can focus on the return of XT752's parts and her flying.  

 

Over the last eight years Shannan the owner of XT752 and a few of her close team under professional instruction had been unable to fully divulge the answers to many questions asked about why XT752 was stranded in Goose Bay for so long, and answer many questions of rumours that had been deliberately stirred up to confuse the public of the truth.
Now we are happy and relieved to officially announce the following statement to clarify to people and corporations that may have been approached by these individuals over past time, of the truth.  

 

On the 23rd of May 2014. Before Mr Justice Norris, Vice Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster, in Her Majesties Courts, United Kingdom.

 

Shannan the owner of XT752 won her eight year long struggle to bring to justice the individuals who illegally removed and sold XT752’s huge spares support package comprising of three 40’ sea containers full of the T5 spares, equipment and tooling along with similar for MK3 Gannets being the largest consignment for Gannets in the world after they arrived in the UK to support XT752’s visit in 2004. This damaged all efforts and hopes to keep XT752 flying for many years leaving her stranded without spares support in a remote part of the world. Without the good will of supporters, sponsors and people who really care about XT752 she may well have been lost to the world forever which would have been a tragedy  

 

The judgment from Mr Justice Norris now reads;

 

“In my judgment that principle covers this case. Hawarden Air Services deliberately and intentionally parted with the containers to Mark Petrie Director of NWMAS North Wales (as agent for Ray Middleton, Libelle Inc and QG Aviation Colorado). HAS gave Mark Petrie the keys and allowed him to remove the containers. HAS may have relied on the Libelle Agreement. But that document was a sham. Ray Middleton had never bought the Gannet and the spares”. 
“The removal of the containers by Mark Petrie on behalf of Ray Middleton was a conversion . It is clear that Ray Middleton is liable in conversion for taking possession (through his agent Mark Petrie) of the containers and disposing of them and their contents (even though he knew he was not the real owner)”.

 

Mark Petrie informed the court of the name and details of the UK buyer that received XT752’s parts and we are now pursuant to their important recovery in full back to Shannan and XT752.

 

Our announcement is important to everyone involved with XT752, making sure that the truth now can protect this great aircraft and its carers allowing it to survive and operate with the equipment that belongs to her, and not suffer any further from the destructive efforts of the individuals now brought to justice.

 

 June 2014

 

We start this month announcing that we have received some very big news which over the period of this coming month we will share with all of you.

 

The flying season is now upon us and were getting ready for some good flying weather!!

 

We also would like to ask if there are any ex-Naval Fairey Gannet servicemen planning to attend Oshkosh Air Venture later in July. If you are one please take the time to contact us via our contact page letting us know, with your return details. There is a very unique opportunity for any and all of you going that we are sure you will enjoy!!!!

 

This month will also see some very special new video footage taken from “Janet” that we are sure you will all love so please keep looking for notifications at our website and our other official locations on Facebook, the Wings of Steel Foundation, and U-Tube.

 

Its going to get exciting !!!!!!!!!!!! Much more news to come shortly!!

 

May 2014

 

A news update for your diaries, "Its official" XT752 will be making a Center stage appearance at Oshkosh AirVenture 2014 for her 60th anniversary!!!!! 

We are kindly asking all Ex military Gannet servicemen attending the Oshkosh event to please contact us using our contact page or go to www.wingsofsteelfoundation.org and contact the foundation through thier website. 

http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/about-eaa/eaa-media-room/airventure-news-releases/2014-03-04---top-air-show-performers-commit-to-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2014

 

http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure/features-and-attractions/eaa-airventure-air-show/eaa-airventure-air-show-performers 

More news to come of the arival times and some special additinal news of her appearance.   

This month celebrates the official launch of a new educational Foundation dedicated to historic aviation and its mission of passing on important knowledge and history onto the next generation. Were very proud to support the Wings of Steel Foundation where “Janet” is helping lead the way as a figurehead for this growing organisation that cares for historic aircraft preservation. Please see www.wingsofsteelfoundation.org

 

On the theme of history and education as its XT752’s 60th anniversary year we are reaching out to all Gannet servicemen both ground and aircrew. If you are one, please take time to contact us via our contact page (even if you have already done so in the past), along with your details and past military position, and importantly please include one of your most memorable stories from your service days around Gannets that you feel you would like to share with the public. We want to document as much as possible from you all so it can be passed on to others for the future.

 

We plan to list your stories and each individuals name and military position beside XT752 at her home base and at various shows so people can have a feeling of those days long passed from your own real experiences as well as detailing them on our websites.

 

Janet is looking great, and eager to get back in the air very soon for you all to enjoy. Our appearance dates will be listed shortly, and also advertised on the Wings of Steel Foundation website where additional open days will announced.
 

 

April 2014

Happy Easter everyone.

We are very proud and excited to announce that the second phase of our future plans have officially been launched. XT752 is supporting our new non-profit 501c3 Foundation for historic aviation. She is a centre piece of an education facility for children and adults alike teaching the importance of aviation history and the need to preserve historic iconic aircraft in operational condition, that represents pioneering technology of their time, the people that made it happen and the servicemen and women that served with them. Importantly we aim to give back to aviation helping the Foundation grow, encouraging children and enthusiasts to be future aviators and engineers, or preservationists. Being such a special historic survivor XT752 couldn't be a better symbol, guiding the way for their future. We hope you all agree.

 

www.wingsofsteelfoundation.org 

 

 

 Janet’s also been undergoing her spring general maintenance ready for this 60th anniversary year that celebrates an amazing history unlike any other aircraft.

Finally we would like to thank all of you for your continued kind support especially over the recent years that have spurred us on to get “Janet” where she is today. If she could speak were sure she would thank all of you for becoming part of her caring family.

More news to follow very soon!!!

 

March 2014

In the last few weeks we have had a massive surge of events and media setting dates for our teams attendance with “Janet” which will please many of you who will be travelling to see her this year.
In the spring we will be adding our attendance dates to our Website and Facebook page giving you plenty of notice to organize your diary.
Last week was a busy week as the Anaheim Heli Expo in California which was attended by some of our venerable sponsors who were showing details of XT752’s refurbishments (please see our official Facebook page and our “Gallery Media” page for images.
Some more big news about “Janet” is coming and we will be able to share that with you very soon as soon as we have put everything in place.
Our videos of “Janet” have been a big hit on our Facebook page and you don’t have to be a member of Facebook to see them, so please take a look whenever you can.
The weather has been unbelievable with record temperatures in the low, this has allowed us to keep XT752 in the warm and work on her ready for the start of the season which is getting closer everyday.
As soon as we can bring her out in the warmer weather we will be getting even more exciting video and events for you all to see.
Meanwhile we will be adding more recent images to our Website in the next few weeks. SO KEEP LOOKING!!!    

 

February 2014

January was again a very cold month for us with deep sub zero temperatures that has left our home airport and surrounding areas of our hangar with multiple snow piles up to ten feet high.
Fortunately “Janet’s” kept very warm in her climate controlled hangar which allows us to concentrate on her routine maintenance and care.

Were now busy getting her ready for a very active year not only attending events and shows but for her international TV filming and many media coverage’s that is lined up for this season.
This months news is kept brief as we will be updating our site with new images and some big news for next months update.

We hope no matter which country you are in, you will share with us and enjoy a great year for “Janet” and we will hopefully see some of you guys this season around at her events.

Stay tuned and see you then for next months news.

 

January 2014 HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Out with the old and in with the new as they say, and this year of 2014 we are officially celebrating “Janets” 60th Anniversary, the oldest flying turboprop aircraft in the world along with the many historic records she has to her name.

This season we will strive to make sure as many of you great supporters and enthusiasts get to see her at events and shows and we are looking forward to answering all your questions about her.

We also have a very special idea for one of our show appearances here in the USA that has not been done before anywhere in the world, and for those abroad we will make sure as many of these events are filmed and made available to see.
What we can tell you so far is, if we can pull it off with the help of some special people we are sure you will enjoy what you see, so it’s well worth the intrigue. 

In the spring we will start to host some very special aviation talks by unique people at our home base for everyone to come and attend which we will publish the dates in more detail nearer the spring. We will also be having regular notifications on our website and Facebook page of dates for her 2014 flights so you all can either attend our home base to see her ready for departure or to attend the event where the team will be appearing.

So lets all make it an exciting year to look forward to. See you next month!!! 

 

December 2013

We are fast approaching Christmas this month and shortly a new year will be upon us.
Looking back over this year has been a remarkable time for us all. The careful planning that took place during the past few years of refurbishments came together to bring a jewel in aviation history back to life. Growing friends all over the world have connected in support of “Janet” and now communicating with eachother in a growing family via our official website and Facebook page that run into thousands interconnecting per week, which is a great success for everyone in its own merit.

Before we mention the next coming year we would like to thank with all our heart, our great sponsors, supporters, volunteers, team and friends of “Janet”. We are very proud to have you all part of “Janets” survival, showing such a strong and dedicated family that you have all become no matter where you are.

Our new year 2014 is going to be exciting and fun for everyone as its “Janets” 60th birthday season. We have many plans in operation for some very special appearances at shows and events which we will aim to surprise you with as we get close to the 2014 airshow season. We are also currently working on a plan for “Janet” and some other historic aircraft to get together in a very unique appearance for the public and all aviation enthusiasts, which has never been seen before.
Also we are working at the logistics of “Janet” appearing in the UK for one or two shows before returning back to continue her appearances around the USA. 
This is just some of the event side of things, we also have a multiple of international filming that will be taking place for various TV programs, air to air photography with some of the worlds leading aviation photographers for a multitude of global magazines, and team presentations to the public and corporations just to mention a few.
We hope to meet many of our supporters during 2014 that come to see us on our appearances, as it will be a great pleasure meeting you all.  

All of us at Team Gannet and “XT752” wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year, and we look forward to keeping you informed with more news in January 2014
                                        
“MERRY CHRISTMAS”  

 

November 2013

We want to start this month welcoming many new friends who have contacted us on our website and our official Facebook page. It’s great to see existing fans and supporters of “Janet” and the team making new friends with people who are joining us from all over the world.
It’s amazing through the difficult times every person encounters in life that an aircraft can bring escapism and fascination to break up those stressful moments and bring a smile.
“Janet” has a great ability to do this as we all know, and why so many of us care for her.
The last four weeks have seen many people come to look around her even though the weather has been unsuitable for operating her which we have a backlog of things to do and share with you all once the weather is better.

Some more fantastic news for everyone, we are in the process at this time of working with a program for Discovery Channel. We can’t divulge too much at this point but viewers in certain countries will be able to see in 2014 some very interesting technical areas of XT752 and flying coverage.

There is more international media coverage coming in the next few months covering many things all of you at some point may have wanted to see about her as it’s her birthday year of 60 years in 2014 and a huge mark in aviation history for a single aircraft that holds so many records in her life. One major aviation magazine that we are proud to have cover XT752 and Team Gannet is Aeroplane Monthly. Supporters can see a wonderful article in the December 2013 issue as a tribute to her life

All her supporters and historians should feel proud that this wonderful lady is gracing the skies where she truly belongs, as there will never be another like her EVER AGAIN 

 

October 2013

The last few weeks has seen a great deal of activity with Team Gannet. We have hosted talks about Janet at both our home base and away at other gatherings of aviation enthusiasts and operators. The youngest group this month was the Bear Buddies, and 4-K which age average four years old.

No matter what age group that come to see XT752 we repeatedly see the same wonderful smile on everyone’s face in amazement at how much presence she has and how big she is compared even to images.

The Team are always being requested for talks and if you would like them to attend an event that you may be holding, please contact us for information 

We have also been waiting for the weather to settle down over the last two weeks to continue with our flying schedule and the many photo shoots we have standing by to get those calm clear days for great pictures. We will keep you up to date with more images soon

We have planned to update the video on our website recently, but just to let everyone know we are holding back until we have edited more footage this month.
Our Facebook page has become a really big hit for people all over the world. It gives us a great opportunity to communicate with our supporters and servicemen past and present which has shown us how many have missed Janet over the years.

Next year is Janet’s 60th birthday season and we intend to celebrate her unique history over the coming year in style. We have received many requests for Team Gannet to also appear at some shows in the UK.
One of our dreams would be to see Janet appear at the Farnborough Airshow during her birthday year if this could come together. This is where in 1954 she had her first public debut as the prototype T2 alongside other famous prototypes that unfortunately have no longer survived from those pioneering days.
This is something we are working on and depends greatly on logistics and funding, but we are trying.

Lastly we would like to remember a very unique aviator in the UK, Wing Commander Ken Wallis who was mainly recognised around the world as the father of Autogyro flight. Some of our team had met Mr Wallis and remember him as a very friendly and modest man, many would have seen him flying his Autogyro in the James Bond film “You Only Live Twice” or at airshows in years gone by.      “Farewell Sir”

 

September 2013 


Great excitement and good wishes are coming in from all around the world since “Janet’s” return to the sky.
We cant express enough how much we enjoy sharing this with all of you wonderful supporters and sponsors, as we all seem to appreciate greatly that sense of history and nostalgia at its finest


“Janet” and our “Team Gannet” are currently busy at the moment with photo calls and media interviews making sure all you enthusiasts get to read about her in your chosen forms of press.
Our official Facebook page is going crazy with viewings which is great news for our supporters while giving us great pleasure in keeping you updated with video footage and images.


Please go to www.facebook.com/FaireyGannetXT752 and join in the excitement with everyone, please be a part of it.

 
We have also just added to the Facebook page our “First Flight Tribute” video which we think portrays how we and many others feel about her in keeping with her history.


Our website will be updated with this video in the coming week. On the subject of video we have placed in multiple locations on “Janet” the latest Go-Pro cameras to record a very unique video montage that has never been done on any Fairey Gannet in the world especially “Janet” until now.
So stand by for something very exciting to come in the next weeks.


Even bigger things are in the planning for the near future taking us into the 2014 season for “Team Gannet”, so keep your great support going and enjoy following us on this great journey unlike any other.

 

August 2013

 

XT752 HAS TAKEN TO THE SKY!!!!! on the 9th of August 2013

The world now has the last T5 Gannet back in the air!!!!

Please go to our official Facebook page for immediate updates while we start updating this website with many new images and details  https://www.facebook.com/FaireyGannetXT752?ref=stream&hc_location=stream


Excitingly some weeks ago “Janet” ran up for the first time under her own power since her refurbishments. During this time we have successfully achieved power checks, and full power runs down our home base runway. Her first showing was supposed to be Oshkosh but XT752 was unfortunately unable to attend due to a last moment technical snag which the team located and fixed just late of the shows closing. However we have been inundated with requests for interviews before and after Oshkosh, so the team drove through the middle of the night in advance of XT752 to the show to make all the interviews take place, and returned to try and get Janet ready for flight to still try and attend.

In a strange twist of fate from Janet's inability to attend we have gathered new friends and even more supporters from the EAA, public, sponsors, media and other display teams who all supported our decision that safety comes first instead of trying to rush to attend a show even as big as Oshkosh. Through this we have already happily committed to attend Oshkosh for her 2014 birthday year of sixty years old.   

We will be placing some fantastic shots of XT752 taken in the last few weeks that you will love. Please keep looking for some more updates this month as there will be many. Also please be part of our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FaireyGannetXT752?ref=stream&hc_location=stream 

 

July 2013

On June the 8th “Janet” was officially launched to the public on her first debut after her refurbishments started over two years ago.


The team are overwhelmed with the great compliments of the work carried out on her that we receive from supporters, historic enthusiasts, professionals in aviation and other industries as well as the press all over the world.

 


As promised we have strived to keep her authenticated looks and markings from the days of her military service and past history intact, and we believe from everyone’s comments we happily achieved this, especially with the aid of the best paint products in the world from AkzoNobel.


At our launch party people loved our live band and we have had so many people asking who they are. The team and “Janet” are very pleased to have them as our signature band. So if you want an amazing Blues Band for your event you must look up the DelVincents.


We will be placing some more images on her Gallery page under WN365/XT752 from the event and some more very special images and news which will be taking place shortly.


So as we always promise and deliver, please keep looking as you don’t want to miss a thing!!

To all the supporters of the team and Janet we thank you, and lets make this season great together

 

 

 

June update 2013

SHE’ S BACK.
On the 8th of June XT752 was unveiled to the public and press with a great blues band the Del Vincents playing well into the evening along with other warbirds attending in support.
We have been overwhelmed with the gratitude sent to us all over the world of the kind remarks about how well her refurbishments have gone.

Please go to our Gallery page WN365/XT752 and scroll down and you will see just a few of her recent images prior to the public entering the debut party.

We will be placing many more images up in the next few weeks of this event and others so stay tuned.

Keep your kind support coming, as you can see this “ICON HAS RETURNED”.

 

June 2013

This month will be a very short update as we will be updating twice within the next four weeks with some very interesting news for all you supporters.
“Janet” is in great shape thanks to everyone who looks after her, and in the next update this month the latest pictures will be unveiled.


We would like to continue to thank all our friends, sponsors and volunteers who have a great passion for XT752 and the amazing history she has. Of all the historic aircraft in the world she is definitely at the top of the list and deserves the continued best efforts for a great flying future, so all generations can continue to appreciate a very special era that produced without doubt one of the most technically advanced and unique aircraft of all time.


YOU MUST STAY TUNED THIS MONTH  

 

May 2013

This month we celebrate the finalisation of “Janet’s” refurbishments. It is a fitting celebration for all of us to see this wonderful aircraft that so many historians and supporters world wide admire, return in her rightful glory.

 

 

Many exciting things are planned for this season starting this month, and we will keep you informed as we go along.

 


We haven’t added pictures of “Janet” in a completed view yet to her images page as she will be unveiled to the public shortly. When this happens at the same time we will update the web page.

 


We have added a few images of some work carried out in the last few months, so please take a look. You may have never seen a Double Mamba engine before or how the propellers look when they have been dismantled.

 

 

This months news is a short update for everyone as we will be placing a great deal more in the coming weeks when she appears.
We will also tell the story in more detail of the hurdles “Janet” and the team had to overcome and the reasons for them from the moment she was stranded in Newfoundland right up to this day, which gave everyone more strength and determination to keep this great lady alive as time went on.

Keep an eye out for “Janet”

 

April 2013

We guess everyone can’t wait to see the end of our cold weather and the warmth to arrive.
Great progress is moving along with “Janet” and plans are in progress for her public unveiling.
On the subject of unveiling, we are proud to announce we have just taken the first shipment of Revell 1/72 scale model kits of XT752 which we helped with some touches included in the kit.
On the front of each kit is our web address so scale modellers can hook up to our website to consult images of “Janet” to help their build.
On our shop page we have now listed our kits and owner Shannan Hendricks will be signing each kit when purchased. All proceeds received go to looking after XT752.

Our future plans for our website when XT752 is complete will be to keep you posted of her appearances and go into detail regarding the sponsors, products and techniques used on XT752 along with credits to the guys and team that lovingly take care of her. Later on in the year we will also be looking at a total renovation of our well known website.

On the ongoing theme of information. Every time we have public visits to see XT752, new as well as repeated questions come up and we would like to share them with you with the answers as we are sure many of you would ask the same if you were with us.
1. (Q) How fast does she go (A) Approximately 260kts max continuous with two engines running
2. (Q) How fast does she go with one engine running (A) Approximately 160Kts max continuous
3. (Q) How much fuel does she carry (A) 600 Gallons
4. (Q) When was she built (A) 1954
5. (Q) Who caringly owns her (A) Shannan Hendricks since 2004
6. (Q) How special is she (A) She is one of the rarest historic aircraft in the world and has a history that is unprecedented. Twice a prototype and new development of only eight dual control types ever built. The only Gannet civilian registered to the Fairey factory. The only dual control Gannet sold to Indonesia and then bought back to continue service in the Royal Navy. The last Gannet in the world to land on the Ark Royal aircraft carrier.  The longest serving Gannet surviving in the world. The oldest Gannet surviving in the word.

We look forward to seeing you in May. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOUR KIND SUPPORT.

 

March 2013 

Spring is on its way “finally”, and with it brings some great announcements and surprises in the coming couple of months.
XT752 also welcomed more sponsors both private and corporate in recent months which is wonderful, complimenting the hard work by everyone.

Since her refurbishments started she has brought together a family of the best professional skills, state of the art products and huge hearted efforts that one could only dream about. She truly does represent the best of the best, and does so very humbly for such a grand lady.

Another exciting announcement and update is that XT752’s very own model replica kit from Revell will be on sale in multiple countries and with us later this month. We will be officially launching the kit here in the USA beside XT752 herself and our website shop page will have the kits detailed and listed for purchase. Every purchase of these kits from our shop comes with a letter of thanks from XT752’s team of which all proceeds go to supporting her.

A very unique opportunity for modellers could be realised, as Revell also manufacture the mighty Antonov-124 kit. We are sure it won’t be long before models of the AN-124 and XT752 are built by enthusiasts in settings side by side commemorating the amazing mission in 2010 of one coming to the rescue of another to preserve and save history.

We will be updating the images again in the next couple of weeks so please keep looking in the Gallery sections.
We also plan to detail our sponsor’s products along with the technical details and applications very soon which will be useful and interesting to all restorers of mechanical items that have and will go through similar hurdles.

February 2013

As promised we have added some new images to our Gallery page under WN365/XT752. These images have been taken over the last couple of months and as you will see the protective plastic and sheeting are mostly in place. This is to protect her during the work of putting her back together.

Its fun to see these images as they are sneak views of certain areas which will give you an idea of how she is looking and coming back together.

We included a picture of the back of the pilot’s seat which is very historic. It shows her original stencil of her days when she was launched as the prototype WN365. This seat obviously was the one that got away from the factory and the military when they reworked and renamed her as XT752.

This refurbishment has been like turning back time and we are very fortunate to be able to share it with you. Being able to see and record her original yellow training bands as WN365 once again while we were removing her paint, was an opportunity that rarely comes along for any aircraft let alone one as historically special as XT752. We then struck out lucky again with seeing WN365 on the pilot’s seat.
We will definitely be preserving WN365 on the back of this seat and not tampering with it, as its all part of her history.

Over recent weeks we have had the pleasure of having many visitors come to see “Janet” now she is so close to completion. We were very happy to meet a group of Cubs in the g