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Supporters & Patrons

Many companies, organisations and individuals have already been fantastic supporters of XS422's restoration but we are always on the look out for more.

Our goal is to see XS422 in the skies once more and until we get there we've always room for assistance.

Below are a list of our past and current supporters and their contact details should you wish to patronise their businesses.

our supporters and patrons . . .

Lazy Magnolia Brewery - A stunning little micro brewery doing big things - Owners, Mark & Lesley Henderson are great friends of the restoration and have provided the team accommodation and support on our visits to Stennis, where they are just over the road from XS422. Having started very 'micro' they have expanded fast and rightly so. Their stunning beers are increasing to be found across the southern United States. To the team's great happiness "Southern Pecan" is available in most of our watering holes. Not yet available in the UK but if you are travelling in Mississippi, Louisianna or Alabama then be sure to give it a try.

Sherry Tavel - Budget Car @ the Ramada, Hwy 90 Gulfport, MS - With Bill Gibson's departure to Florida, Sherry has taken over the spot in the Ramada on Hwy 90 in Gulfport and is continuing his good work in supporting the project as well as being a fab buddy to the team. If you're looking for car rental in Gulfport then give Sherry a call.

Vintage Aeroplane Europe - Stearman restoration & sales - Owner, Jon Roth is one of the founder members of AALO but also a major financial contributer to the project. His continued sponsorship of our hangar rental ensures we have a home for our restoration. Additionally Jon has made other financial donations.

Jet Art Aviation Ltd - Static Display Aircraft - Aircraft Parts - Ejection Seats - Collectables - Owner, Chris Wilson has recently assisted our restoation hugely by allowing us access to a Lightning cockpit in his ownership which Rod & Geoff have been able to 'harvest' for many of the serviceable instruments on our wish list. Visit Chris' website by clicking on his logo to see some of the great artwork he's created with the non serviceable parts.

Euro Asia Maritime Agencies Ltd - International Shipping Company - MD Roger Winkworth and his company continue to be a great friend and key supporter of the restoration through storage of our spare engines in the UK, assistance with the freighting of all spares and main structure to the United States since the inception of the project, and continueing sponsorship of a number of engineers for US trips.

Phil Kingsbury - Aviation Artist - Donation of images and artwork for sale to raise funds for the restoration. Phil's very popular images have been snapped up at the various air shows the SG attends and are a very affordable way to aquire some aviation art. Several of Phil's images will shortly be available on the 'shop' page as A4 digital prints.

Picture Palette Limited - Independent Film Production Company - Filming the restoration for television broadcast and provision of footage for publicity purposes.


Richard Herman (US), Cash donation and donated several signed copies of his book The Trojan Sea
Lesue Carey (US), adopted the Reheat Dolly
Peter Olden (UK), A number of significant donations of collectable aircraft models to the SG for fundraising
William Ward (US), restoration donation
Mike Hobbs (US), restoration donation
Jeffrey Krasner (US), restoration donation

Exemplary Supporters Group Members

These saintly souls have made continued major financial donations to the project and have been honoured with Platinum membership of the Supporters Group.

John Horrod
Graham Bird (US), 2 major donations including the funding of the Nov 04 spares shipment to the USA
Mark Athon(US), restoration donation

Our US Volunteers and amigos Past & Present

Over the duration of the project we've made many great friends in America and in particular the following amigos have looked after us handsomely

Bill Gibson - Formally owner of Gulport Thrifty Franchise - Bill has long been a friend of the project and personal friend of many of the team members. He's working hard in Florida these days but his accommodation of our car hire needs was a huge asset to the project in past years.

Jim Paulus - Aircraft Packaging Ltd @ Stennis - Jim has been a friend of the project and of great support, almost since our arrival at Stennis and in addition to the loan of tools from spanners to forklifts and being our timber supplier of choice, Jim is currently donating us a home for our spares container. A true gent.

Tom Borderlon - A&P Mechanic @ Stennis - Not just an A&P but a great friend of the project at our Stennis base and a great friend to many regular visitors to Stennis. Can he fix it ..? Yes Tom can.

Bob Newton - Occassionally retired NASA Engineer - When Bob's not fixing the Space Shuttle he's fixing the heat proof tiles on 422 ...

Tom Bonser - Rtd Commercial Aviation Engines man - Tom has been a huge supporter of the project over the years and following Hurricane Katrina has taken his family north. Gone but not forgotten.

Bill Cotter - Airport Manager, Stennis Airport - Bill & his team have always made us most welcome at Stennis and if we need anything, they and their contacts list are always first port of call.

Cheryl Coogan - Stennis Airport, Front of House - We secretly think Cheryl runs Stennis Airport ... sorry Bill ... but whatever the story, a fantastic friend of the project and a gold-plated local buddy.

More to follow . . .

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