Look what happened to the lightning ? I know a few are in museums but there must be nearly as many in South Africa and the USA in Bits and complete airframes in storage.
So in the future if we haven't got one left in the UK are you advocating we all jump on a trans Atlantic flight or dash through the channel tunnel to see an example at an airport or in the museum of a foreign country ???. If we have so many of a certain type are museums going to start to review their aircraft stock and on the basis of there are plenty about so we shall scrap the one we have it wont matter ??.
That is why dear boy ourselves and many others are working on projects to bring back from extinction aircraft we should never have lost to start with !!!!
I think if you start advocating well we don't need to save another one of those because there are probably to many around you risk starting a very slippery slope. Look at airframes that have been lost in the some 40 odd years I have been involved with aircraft and preservation and restoration the collections that have folded up because of lack of support and some airframes that where written off and no longer exist or might well as because of there current status and lack of foresight or narrow minded policy ??.
We need to look very carefully at any and all airframes that come up for possible disposal from microlights and gliders to light aircraft as well as historic and vintage stuff even current RAF types in the process of demob and are currently in store.There will be few Harriers because of the Government policy and sale to the USMC for spares.The Tornado fleet going under the guillotine and the jaguars that have been stored for a long time destined to follow the same route. Gladly a number of Nimrods have been saved but not many VC 10 and other types. The larger aircraft surviving today from the 50's and 60's are there because of private individuals in a lot of cases and their dedication I am thinking of aircraft like the Victor and the Vulcan and the teams keeping them alive look how many of those aircraft should and could be around today ??.
Sorry not having a dig expressing a personal opinion.
Enough said I think
Sorry moderators for my rant if you think we need a "Rant and Rave Corner" fine I don't mind being Ranter number 1