Helping the Society

The Bristol Britannia XM496 Preservation Society is run as an ‘Unincorporated Association’ and is non-profit making. As such all our helpers/volunteers give freely of their time. If you feel able to help we will be more than pleased to hear from you.


1. The exterior condition of ‘Regulus’ is now beginning to wear and become dull with age and she is in dire need of a repaint – it is over 15 years since her last ‘paint job’. Certain areas are worse than others so effectively we need to source and purchase the required paint and then carry out selective painting initially to the most obvious areas. These have been identified as the upper surfaces of the wings and the horizontal¬†stabilizers and as all the undersides are the same colour of grey it is logical to continue this to completion.¬† Next in line would be the upper fuselage and tail fin …the white areas, followed by the blue cheatline, anti-reflection panel, the name and RAF markings. This latter part of the project will require the use of platforms to enable the work to be carried out in safety and it is hoped that Air Salvage International (ASI), one of our present sponsors, may be able to assist with loan of the required platform apparatus. It is anticipated that it could take up to two years of seasonal voluntary help to complete this project. Initially we need to purchase the paint required for ‘Year One’, a specific grey pigment, and to this end we are hoping to enlist the support of like-minded people to sponsor the purchase of the specialist paint plus others to assist with the actual painting. A start has already been made with renewing the propeller tip visibility markings. If you are able to help in any way we would love to hear from you and welcome you to the world of aircraft preservation. Please use the form below to express an interest. Due recognition will be given on the website to those who wish to join this worthwhile project.

2. A prospective move -The prospective move to a more prominent position on the airfield has now been shelved indefinitely as the cost of the move would far outweigh the anticipated rewards. The priority we have decided is to focus our attention on addressing the pressing issues of corrosion and also putting money aside to pay for a repaint.