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News Update 06/10/07

Story added on 6th October 2007

Good steady progress this week on the aircraft that are being painted with the F86 being started by Chris who has been here man and boy. As with all the volunteer work that goes on, painting can only take place when members are free to give us their time and it also coincides with a good weather window. Given those restraints I think we do rather well with only three of our outside collection not having been re-painted in the last three years. To keep them all looking good the next few weeks has been set aside to do some more wash downs, with both Hunters and the Sea Hawk already completed, next for treatment during the coming week will be the Gannet and HS125. I am sure that being alongside the airfield fire dump doesnt help but dirt seems to gather awfully quickly on these Midlands aircraft.

Our metal repair specialist Lester has completed some patch repairs on the Prentice rudder and is playing catch up on the Phantom after we discovered an unrepaired battle damage hole in the stbd wing last week. He is one person who always has more added to his to do list than he can ever cope with, but with his methodical approach he makes a sterling effort to try. Just as important are those in the unsung woodwork department, not only do we throw them the odd aircraft part to make but they have to repair display screens, ladders, kitchen cabinets etc all of which goes un-noticed by the public and members alike. I will also give a mention to our lawnmower servicing team who fight a constant battle to keep the sit on mowers & strimmers working during the grass cutting season, their workload will diminish now as the mowers are out less frequently fighting the molehiles and stones turned up by the rabbit community.

Gordy has finally declared that he satisfied with the T55 undercarraige refurbishment and has now found some metal that hasnt seen any new paint for quite some time down the intakes. Not wishing to get him stuck we told him not to slide past the nose cone so he has fabricated tools and rollers on poles to enable him to do the work. Now of course no-one can find a broom to sweep up with. We all thought the lightning had developed a head cold after he wrapped up its nose, so I couldnt resist the picture.

Last week "Where Am I" was the front of the Sea Hawk of course. This weeks, well its not quite what it seems, but easy non the less.

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News Update 29/09/07

The weather held up for us last Sunday and the model show began on time, with all the traders and clubs in position by 9.30. The site quickly filled up after we opened the doors at 10 and as we predicted the museum volunteer staff were hard pressed to find time for lunch. Everything went very smoothly the only near crisis came at about 4 when the cafe had used nine out of its ten loaves. With no cakes left and very little else it was about that time that everyone decided that it was home time, so no-one went hungry.

With everyone involved and so much having to be moved to accomodate the show, the days following it didnt see much in the way of restoration going on, because it all had to be re-positioned in its correct place again. To top it all the weather broke and the painting schedule... read more

News Update 22/09/07

Preparation for the model show is well under way with the Robin and main hangers set out with traders tables all waiting to be loaded down with bargains. We will try if we have enough volunteer staff and the weather is favourable on Sunday 23rd, to open a few of the cockpits that are not normally opened to make it a memorable day for visitors. One way or another its bound to be a busy day for the hard working staff of the shop and cafe as well, with our museum re-knowned toasted sandwiches being in great demand as usual.

The past weeks achievements although not exactly ground breaking stuff have been carried out despite the worsening unpredicatable Midlands weather. Notably the completion of the fitting to XR771 our Lightning F6 of the Firestreaks. Without the proper slipper pads,... read more