Hampden, P5436, is being reconstructed largely from parts of the last Canadian-built example recovered from 600 feet of water in Saanich Inlet on Vancouver Island in 1989, as well as recovered components from two other Hampden crashes in Canada. The aircraft was ditched on a training flight in November 1942 when the pilot lost control after a practice torpedo drop. As of 2007, the reconstruction of the aircraft was about 97 per cent complete. The aircraft was to become the showpiece exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley, British Columbia, in the Fraser Valley, east of Vancouver.
Unfortunately, in January 2009 a heavy snowfall snapped off the aircraft's left wing. Despite the efforts of Museum staff to clear the accumulating snow, the wing's internal structure failed and the wing separated from the fuselage, falling on to a display case containing one of the aircraft's original engines. The wing suffered considerable damage and there is additional damage to the tail. The wing had largely been restored using wood parts because most of the metal parts of the wing structure had been eroded, so it did not possess the structural integrity of the original aircraft.
The museum is currently seeking donations to repair the aircraft. Hampden I P1344 is under reconstruction in the UK. Shot down in Russia in 1942 and rediscovered and salvaged in 1991, the remains are held in the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford.http://www.flickr.com/photos/spookythecat/2510042107/in/photostream/
There is in Licolnshire, a group trying to build a non flying replica from scratch. Most of the front section was built on my visit in 2008, so there might be a bit more built by now.
Here is info on the only real example we have in the UK, which was recovered from Russiahttp://www.aircraftconservation.org/handley-page-hampden-restoration
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