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Cranfield Aerospace is proud to support some of Britain’s most iconic Historic Aircraft.

CAeS has acted as Design Advisor and Independent Technical Evaluator for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight since 1985. We have also supported the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, the Royal Navy Historic Flight, Army Historic Aircraft Flight and many other operators. We have experience of piston engine, turboprop and jet aircraft, as well as experience with metal, wood and composite airframes. Our capabilities cover design, analysis, manufacture, modification and servicing. We can cover anything from simple material changes to complete new systems. So if you own, operate, maintain or repair anything from a Hawker biplane to a 1950s jet, please talk to us.

Design & approval of:

  • Structural modifications and new structure
  • Material changes
  • Part changes
  • Manufacturing changes
  • Assessment & approval of repairs
  • Avionic installations
  • New or modified mechanical systems
  • New or modified hydraulic systems
  • New or modified pneumatic systems


  • Assessment and approval of existing designs
  • Independent Safety Assessment
  • Independent Technical Evaluation
Stephen Rutherford

Stephen Rutherford

Stephen has led the Historic Aircraft part of the business for the last five years. He is...

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Vulcan XH558

Project Outline: To produce detail design drawings for Vulcan XH558’s vital wing modification. This was needed to extend the aircraft’s fatigue life, enabling it to continue flying...
Vulcan XH558
Historic 20th Jun 2016



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