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Shining a light on the work of the MV team


Military Vehicle Wing restoring WWII searchlights on behalf of the IWM

Added by Mark Webster on 28 March 2019

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Last May we were asked by the IWM if we would refurbish 3 of their 4 x 90cm diameter x WW2 searchlights.  Their plan being to use the Searchlights as part of the Battle of Britain display.  The brief that DAS were given was to dismantle (where possible), completely refurbish all components and then reassemble.  Once completed the IWM would fit the Searchlights with modern LED lighting.  Clearly even if we did have all the internal parts 800,000,000 candela Carbon Arc power, with a range of 28 to 35 miles, would be a little excessive for this purpose!  

In terms of where we are today, 2 of the 3 are now complete and have been handed over to the IWM in February.  Feedback was very favourable the IWM commenting that they were very happy with the work undertaken by DAS.  The third is nearing completion and expected to be handed over before the end of this March.