We are also a specialist disposal contractor for aircraft/aircraft parts; undertake aircraft/component restoration work, aircraft engineering, aircraft transportation and logistical work to individual customer requirements. We aim to provide a unique service by offering a combination of items and services which you just can't get anywhere else.
The business was started by Chris in 2006 after he left the Royal Air Force. He started building bespoke aviation themed furniture and display items trading as ‘Jet Art’. The business quickly evolved and over the next few years the roll of the business changed with the market.
The demand for aircraft parts in their raw state as well as larger projects such as the restoration and the supply of complete aircraft for display use led to expanding the business. We are now a small but skilled and highly professional Limited Company offering the diverse range of products and services that can be seen throughout our site today. The business is very much an international venture with customers and clients all over the world.
As well as providing a service for aircraft operators, large aviation museums, and the top end aviation collector we also believe in supporting the lower end of the market and treat all customers equally whether you are buying a complete aircraft or a small component for a grass roots aviation restoration project. Thousands of items supplied by us have gone to be used on aircraft and cockpit restoration projects helping to preserve aviation history for generations to come.
Ex Royal Air Force Engineering Technician (Airframe) by trade, Chris served for 8 years in the RAF with 2 years as ground crew on the Red Arrows as an airframe mechanic working on both 1st and 2nd line maintenance. A fantastic posting that was accompanied with plenty of travel as well as the opportunity to fly in the back seat of the Hawk jets.
After qualification as an airframe fitter this followed a tour on Tornado F3 aircraft with 11 Squadron at RAF Leeming. 11 Sqn again offered the opportunity of travel with exercises in Alaska, Florida, Oman and a stint in Saudi for Op Resinate South. Chris left the RAF to get married, settle down and run his own business in 2004.
The skills and experience gained while working on military aircraft have enabled him to succeed in the private sector aircraft business; working till the job is done with a constant drive for excellence. Chris is married to Mel and they have a son, two cats and a rather mad dog.
A long time ago in a world far, far away Melanie was a Primary School Teacher… Achieving a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and qualified Teacher Status in 1998; she taught in a Leeds Primary School for 7 years.
After meeting and marrying Chris; being the wife of a business man and becoming a mum she realised life and her career were changing dramatically. Mel left the teaching profession to work full time for the business. While she now jokes about being a ‘glorified secretary’ Mel helps to run a successful family business; keeping a sane head when others are losing theirs and ensuring a smooth running office: and while not really fully understanding the scrap, ahem, sorry, pieces of ‘aircraft treasure’, that have overtaken her home she embraces them all the same.
A well know aircraft restorer/conservator and collector of aircraft parts and cockpits, with over 16 years experience having worked for museums and private collectors, also having worked as a museum conservator for a lottery funded, re-display project, where around 2,500 social history items were conserved.
Naylan has worked on a wide variety of aircraft types, being involved with the transportation/movement of over 80 aircraft and have supplied aircraft parts to most of the aircraft museums within the United Kingdom. He has the ability to fabricate and restore just about anything and continually work to an extremely high standard.
Brenda is a recent addition to the Jet Art team but as a family member she has seen the company grow and develop to where it is today. Brenda assists Chris in the office and is Mel's apprentice postage and packaging guru.