|My name is Andrew Lambert, or Andy Lambert, of
Locks Heath near Southampton, England and for nearly thirty years I
have been involved in collecting exhibits for the Brooklands Museum.
Those of us involved in this work are know as the the Brooklands
Recovery Engineering And Salvage Team or BREAST for short. I have
created this website to tell you about some of the more interesting
Recoveries we have undertaken.
Because my background is in
vehicle recovery I have
been able to call on my contacts in the recovery world to assist with
some of the work ane between us we have been responsible for transporting most of the
museum's major exhibits. I have now lost count, but the number of
aircraft road transportations I have been involved with, but it must have
exceeded one hundred by now. This includes aircraft as big as the
Vickers Viscount Stephen Piercey and as special as BA's Concorde.
The volunteers are a unique bunch of people and you never know just who
you are working with on a project. To give you one example - one day I was unloading the
cockpit sections of a Valiant 'V Bomber'. Quietly watching me was an
'old boy' cutting the grass. After an hour or so he had finished and
come over to where we were having a break. We chatted for awhile and he
seemed to know a bit about the V bombers so I asked him if he had worked
on them. "No" he replied "not really, but there are a lot of other
volunteers here who did if you need to ask something" he added.
In the months that followed I got to know this unassuming and gentle man
better and found out that indeed he had not worked on them. He was in
fact Capt. Jock Bryce OBE, the test pilot who had first flown it, along
with the 'first flight' of the Varsity, Viscount, VC-10, Vanguard and
Talk about respect!
Please enjoy the site and feel free to contact me if you have any