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Restoring passenger plane to its former glory.

A PASSENGER plane, the last of its kind in the world, is being restored to its former glory with the help of history experts and a Wearside business.

The North East Air Museum in Sunderland has the last 1960s Trident 1C passenger airplane in existence, which it plans to restore internally and externally.

The plane - Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident - is being transformed in a project headed by Tony Jarrett, a preservation of historic aircraft enthusiast, which saw it move to the site in Sunderland in 2011.

Now North East-based flooring franchise, Franks the Flooring Store, has donated carpet which is almost an exact replica of the carpet used throughout original standard models of the plane. Work carried out by an 11-strong expert team will reassemble and preserve the aircraft using the colour scheme of Northeast Airlines, which flew Tridents from Newcastle and Teesside Airports in the 1970s, before merging into British Airways.

The finished airplane, which will have all its original fixtures and fittings, will go on display to the public together with an exhibition of Trident memorabilia. Mick Copeland, Frank's business development manager for the North East, said: "We are delighted to be involved with this fascinating project.

"Franks the Flooring Store has donated carpet which is almost identical to the style used in the 1960s. The finished project will look great and will be a fantastic homage to the Trident and a wonderful preservation of a historic aircraft."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2013
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