Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a library!

By Jill Dando News

This is a school library like no other!

An aeroplane has been lifted into a primary school where it will be transformed into a library. 


The short-haul airliner was built in Filton in 1993 and retired in 2017.

Following fundraising by St Helen’s CE Primary school, in Alveston, and grants from South Gloucestershire Council, it will be renovated over the next few months to become a reading space for the children.

The project has an estimated cost of around £15,000 and has been named “Flying High” by pupils. 

For 25 years, it was operated by Turkish Airlines and then Libya Air. 

The BAE-146 aircraft was decommissioned in 2017 and a few years later, the school managed to secure part of it for a potential project. 

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