They have most of an aircraft including the wings (which were an all aluminum structure) but much of it is crash damaged and also pretty corroded as it was recovered from various crash sites and dumps. It will be a very challenging rebuild due to the nature of the construction and lack of plans. That is why it has been such an on and off again restoration over the last 30 years. Personally I'm very pleased to see the Museum getting back into a major restoration as there was talk of them not doing any more after the Oxford. The Catalina fuselage was only supposed to be a general tidy up but once they guys got into it they didn't want to stop!
Cool thanks for that info... yes a museum that stops moving forward with new projects is doomed to failure in the long term.... good to see a major project to focus the energies. My gut-feel-ometer tells me that the Catalina will move forward one day. One major project they are no doubt already planning for is a new building for the C-130H & P3-K2 to occupy. Why not shove the Hudson in there, call it the "Lockheed collection' and smooch up to LM for the dosh to build it!?!
Today was the first time 5 of our aircraft had seen natural light since 1987! Our Aircraft Hall renewal project has got off to a flying start this week, and has seen the space transformed from a museum gallery to empty hangar for the first time in over 30 years. #AirForceMuseumNZ