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News Update 20/10/07

Story added on 20th October 2007

Foggy evenings followed by frosty mornings later in the week has meant that the actual time available for all sensible people to work outside has gradually got cut down of late. So by way of necessity most tasks undertaken by the engineering workforce this week had to fit in to that time slot. But despite this the Beaver had some more paint applied both on top and on the belly, along with a start on the T55 Lightning decals. Our Canberra had its bi-annual bath and scrub down on top as well.

The Gannett yellow bands were finished making it look very smart & a start was also made to rid it of some long term dings and dents it had suffered during its life. Whilst active with the hide face hammer & reaction block I also took the opportunity to straighten up a few other aircraft as well. Canberra and Hunters benifiting most from this attention. We musnt mention the gold paint failure on the T33 of course as it could cause embarrasement. A change of colour scheme is now being thought through though.

We couldnt let this week of the Vulcan go by without passing on the Museums Congratulations to those involved and I think our Vulcan visitor numbers have increased quite considerably since the momentous event. Not to be outshone we pumped the tyres up on 360 and gave them a lick of tyre black all round. We are going to spend a lot of time on XL360 next year and battle plans are being drawn up for the attack. Our Vulcan is of course open 7 days a week for visitors to the cockpit at no extra charge. Also this week after the Tuesday BAPC course held at the museum Tony received an extra certificate for being the 1000th attendee at the BAPC courses.

The answers to last weeks "Where am I" are, (1) The battery bay of the Meteor NF (looking aft in the nose wheel bay), (2) Easy one this, the port wheel well of the Hunter F6, showing the Vener refueling timer and High level float switch lights.

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News Update 13/10/07

Nothing major to report this week, just a steady working week on the final painting tasks to be undertaken this year, The T33 has now got its full winter undercoat and has sprouted some odd colour trials on the tip tanks, this should give you a clue as to its final scheme. The Gannet yellow bands had started to fade, so a start has been made to correct that with a rub down and prime of the affected areas. The top coat will be applied today if the weather holds.The F4 is making good progress with the fuselage nearly finished. Wash downs this week were on the BP111a and 125, both very dirty and makes you realise that air pollution is very real when you have to wash and scrub the evidence of it away. Finally we have completed fitting the wing anti streaking strips to the Argosy, I just hope... read more

News Update 06/10/07

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.

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