We just got back from a great weekend at the Ian Fleming Foundation workshops. While this particular work weekend also included some fun activities to mark the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary, most of the focus was on the continuing restoration of the Goldfinger jet fuselage, in particular continuing to remove damaged parts, and clean it up, and prep it for a new coat of paint. There’s still a lot of work to do and a long way to go, but it’s looking a lot better than when it was pulled out of the junk yard where it was disappearing under a jungle of weeds.
One fun fact that has emerged from the continuing research about the airframe’s history is that as well as being used in the movie as Goldfinger’s personal jet, this particular aircraft was once being considered by Elvis Presley as his personal jet and he took a test-flight in it (but decided on another make), and it also was used by Muhammad Ali for part of the journey on the way to his iconic boxing match in Manila. – I wonder what else we will find out as the research continues.