We are very lucky to have such a talented team here at Ironart – Martin has also made the news this week – in the Somerset Guardian (3rd March 2011) Martin’s interest and skills in restoration spill over from his key role here at Ironart into his home life. Martin’s hobby is restoring his very own Short Stirling bomber which he has been working on in his back garden for nearly 15 years. He has already rebuilt the control column – probably the only one in the world that is complete. He also has a rear undercarriage and has reconstructed the instrument panel, and is now working on the side panels. His interest in the Stirling started in 1995 but his love of aviation history dates back to when he was a young boy growing up in Lincolnshire. When he was eight he found a 50 calibre bullet in a field and then someone told him a Flying Fortress had crashed there. He was hooked and a few years later was helping to dig up a whole plane from the field. The Somerset Guardian interviewed Martin at home last week about his project.
Martin is a very busy man – he and his wife Karen have five children and he finds it hard to put time aside at weekends to work on his plane. He’s always looking for like-minded boffins to get involved with his project or help source parts for the plane, so if this is right up your street go to the Short Stirling Project website, and read the full article about Martin in the Somerset Guardian online.