The Aircraft Restoration Co.

Engineered to Inspire


We employ some of the best vintage aviation engineers in the world. 


The Aircraft Restoration Company is the largest of the specialist aero engineering companies sited at Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire. From this historic base the Company provides an extensive range of aviation services for aircraft owners.

With CAA approvals in M3, M5, B1 and E4, the Company has completed many outstanding restorations, both flying and static for museums, collections and private owners. Expansion and development of the business allowed the company in 2008 to qualify its reputation with the award of BS EN ISO 9001:2008 systems certification.

The company’s owner is John Romain, a former Hawker Siddeley and BAE aero engineer. John is also a highly experienced warbird pilot with dozens of different types in his logbook, over 1000 hours on Spitfires alone.

ARC undertake major servicing and repairs on historic aircraft for a number of warbird owners in the UK and abroad, and in addition to projects for the MOD and RNHF, have secured the contract for major servicing of The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fighter aircraft, Dakota and Lancaster.


Aircraft For Sale

Whether you are considering investing in your first warbird, or you are already a collector looking for that next special something, we may have just the aircraft you're looking for. 


Historic Flying Ltd

Historic Flying Limited, a company that since the late 1980's has been synonymous with the classic British Spitfire. It was formed initially to restore five Spitfires from the Royal Air Force's stock of Gate Guardians. The first of these, RW382, flew in 1991. Since then Historic Flying has restored approximately a third of the world’s flying Spitfires.


Our Collection

The Aircraft Restoration Company has built up a fairly impressive collection of its own over the years. Take a look at the fleet here along with the projects we are working on behind the scenes.

If you would like to discuss the use of any of our aircraft in airshows, special events, televisions or film work please get in touch via the contact page.



Whether you are a seasoned aviation engineer looking for a change, or somebody who is good with their hands and is considering an apprenticeship in the aviation industry,
we'd like to hear from you.