Aviation buff Matthew Buddle bought the 18-feet long cockpit on eBay for £750 but had to retrieve it from the skip in Basingstoke. He has since spent thousands of pounds restoring it and now lives in a house in what was the Officers Quarters at the former RAF Upwood military base. Mr Buddle, 31, who takes the cockpit to aviation shows across the country, said he no plans to rebuild the plane in its entirety. His wife Beccy, 30, who is supportive of her husbands unusual past-time, added: 18ft of it on the drive is enough! While some wives are infuriated by their husbands hobbies, Mrs Buddle said: I really like it. Obviously its Matts passion but going to aviation shows is something we both enjoy. She added: When we moved here we were able to bring the cockpit with us it makes it a lot easier if he wants to pop out and do some work on it. Before, when it was kept in a hangar, it had to be at other peoples convenience and always took longer than planned. The neighbours think its quite unusual and theres a little boy who lives nearby who is quite intrigued by it! There are a lot of similarly-minded neighbours living here. Mr Buddles interest started as a child, with both sets of grandparents working at local airbases, where Canberras were a familiar sight. He bought the cockpit with a friend, who runs a local aviation website, but eventually took the project on by himself Mr Buddle said: It has cost me a hell of a lot to restore. Ive kept a note of how much I have spent and it is well into the thousands. You could buy a decent car for the money but this is special to me. I like the romance of it, and taking to shows where former pilots can sit in the cockpit again. Seeing their faces makes it all worthwhile. I let them have a few minutes on their own. A lot of them were young men when they first flew in a Canberra and now they are 60 or 70. Sitting in the cockpit, it all comes back to them. Mr Buddle said he appreciates his wife support for his hobby and said: Beccy is brilliant. I couldnt do this without her. I have got a second project on the go, in the garage, but we have just had a daughter, shes five months old now, so daddy duties have to come first. If she wants to get involved when shes older I would let her I just dont want her to sell it for a Gucci handbag when Im old and grey! Mr Buddles work has already won him a prize at the Cockpit Fest air show in Newark. He said: It won Spirit of Cockpit Fest I think it was for the achievement of getting it out of the skip! Mr Buddle said: Because the Canberra is now at home, I can work on the restoration programme whenever I get the chance. The electrics are now working and the cooling fans and lights are working in the cockpit, which is quite a feat considering it was found in a skip. It has also been a great way of meeting other enthusiasts, including former crew members. Valiant Square formerly provided accommodation for married officers serving at RAF Upwood, which originally opened in 1917 and closed in 1995. Canberra WH887 \tCanberra WH887 was built by Short Brothers at Belfast and started life as a B2 bomber. \tIt was delivered to the RAF on January 29, 1954 and was issued to 1323 Flight (Flt) at RAF Wyton. \tIn October 1955, 1323Flt was merged with RAF 542 Squadron (Sqn), and WH887 was absorbed into the combined fleet as a result but it was later transferred to RAF 21 Squadron at RAF Upwood. \tIt was one of the last Canberra jet bombers to fly out of RAF Upwood in 1961. \tAfter WH887s time at RAF Upwood, it was converted to a TT18 and transferred to the Royal Navy serving until December 3, 1992, when the aircraft was grounded and finally scrapped in 2004.