Moving the Sopwith Camel

Since 1989, five historic aircraft have soared overhead, suspended from the ceiling in our Large Exhibits Gallery at IWM London. Last month the first of these aircraft, a Sopwith Camel, was lowered to the ground and dismantled for safe transport as we prepare for the redevelopment of IWM London in January 2013.

Check out the timelapse video above to see how we did it. 

And here are some photographs of the  Sopwith Camel being lowered to the ground so you can get a better idea of how we did it.

Sopwith Camel being lowered at IWM London

A final adjustment before the final phase of lowering the Sopwith Camel to the floor at IWM London.

The Sopwith Camel just before it reaches the floor at IWM London

The team take care to ensure the Sopwith Camel safely reaches the ground.

Overlooking the scene of the lowered Sopwith Camel from a cherry picker

A member of the team overlooks the scene below from a cherry picker.

Sopwith Camel standing safely on the ground before it will be dismantled for transport to IWM Duxford

Sopwith Camel standing on the ground before it will be dismantled for transport to IWM Duxford.

The Sopwith Camel will now be taken to IWM Duxford for conservation and temporary display from Winter 2013.

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