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A unique register of historic aircraft in the UK has been updated and made available online by the British Aviation Preservation Council (BAPC), the umbrella organisation of UK aviation museums that look after the country’s historic aircraft.

Funded by an Arts Council England Subject Specialist Network grant, the updated National Aviation Heritage Register (NAHR) lists all aircraft held in museum collections across the country and grades them according to historical importance and condition.  This grading not only identifies those aircraft that are of most importance in terms of a national aviation collection, but also those that are at most risk from issues such as deterioration, weather and financial sustainability.
   
The NAHR was first established by BAPC in 1998, establishing a heritage sector benchmark to help target resources more effectively and to help attract funding to preserve Britain’s aviation heritage.  Since the original version was published the Register has twice been updated in print form, most recently in 2010, but has not been more generally available to the public.  The new online searchable database now makes this possible, whilst also including additional information and photographs not available in the previous editions.
   
BAPC Chairman Steve Hague says “The NAHR allows anyone to identify historic aircraft in Britain, where they are, and their importance at the touch of a button.  Furthermore the online nature allows the database to be more easily updated and expanded.  We have already included those aircraft not on public display and others with no registration or serial and are now in the process of adding the BAPC National Aero Engine Register to the content”.
       
“The complete NAHR will help everyone to appreciate how rich and diverse Britain’s aviation heritage is and is an already important tool in BAPC’s strategy to preserve that heritage for future generations.  We are very grateful to the Arts Council for supporting this work”.
   
The NAHR is available via the the BAPC website www.bapc.org.uk.

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