A UNIQUE aircraft is to be hoisted by crane at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum.
The Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C, which is the last remaining Trident 1C passenger plane in the world, was brought to the museum in 2011, when enthusiasts realised its significance.
A team has since been working to restore the plane to its former glory, raising funds for the project estimated to cost £20,000.
With the museum now hoping to expand, the group has been asked to move the plane from the car park to a grass display area.
Pushing or pulling the aircraft could cause damage, so a crane will be drafted in to lift it to its new resting place on Saturday, in a process that could take up to three hours.
Matt Falcus, who works on the restoration, said: “It was retired in 1983 and moved into fire training at Teesside Airport. It became the last of its type at the time and we realised that and approached Airport.
“We had it moved here in pieces, and since then it’s been in the car park, and we’ve been raising funds to put it back together.”
Earlier this year, restoration team leader Dave Matthews, explained the significance of the Trident.
“It’s an iconic plane. The last of anything is special, so it’s very satisfying,” he told the Echo.
“It was the first aircraft to have automatic landing, and it was just about the fastest jet at the time. It was a very fast plane. Project manager Tony Jarrett added: “We rely on kind donations to enable us to carry out this important work and make sure the restoration is as close to the original as possible.”
To find out more about the restoration project, or to donate, visit www.savethetrident.org.