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News update for the second half of August.

Story added on 15th August 2011

The front of the building now looks very acceptable and it will be a welcoming feature for visitors turning up to the Art Exhibition held in the Robin Hanger. Preparation is complete and members can at last step back and review their efforts of the last few weeks. Just goes to show that with a lot of effort you can turn a sows ear in to a silk purse.

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The new look entrance


On to the aircraft side of things, power washing of the F86, Fairy Gannet, F104 and Canberra left a few members with aching muscles that they didnt know they had but the dreaded mould and dirt had to be removed. The Canberra rudder and fin has always suffered from errant birds who insist on using it as a perch for there toilet. We have looked at the standard bird dissuader but they alway looked too large and broad to perch on the rudder unobstrusively. A new item has now been added to our inventory in the form of the self adhesive double sided nail holder, that forms a very neat and almost invisible answer to the problem. It has the added advantage that it will contour with the aerofoil surface and the cost is a visit to the pound shop and £2 worth of materials. The nails are stainless of course and with particularly vicious shank barbs on them. A real challenge for our feathered "friends" but not harmful if they get the message before they attempt a landing. Our engineering team are looking forward to not having to visit this area for cleaning again.

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Whilst on the Canberra two pictures of the nose wheel door that had been getting a little tatty.

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Finally to wrap up this update we have completed the Lightning F6 re-paint in 5 Sqn markings and to add to this we have been sent a picture by its last "owner" Paul (Sooty) Sutton of him with the aircraft whilst with that sqn. A brief history of Pauls flights (some 38 in all) in XR771 will be positioned with the aircraft just to prove that they had a real life before becoming museum exhibits. Something that we seem to lose sight of sometimes, most of them after all were weapons of war.


News update for August

August comes around far to quickly every year, preparation for the Art Exhibition takes a lot of man power and organisation for all those involved and thats just about everyone. Aircraft have to be moved the hanger cleaned, carpet laid, screens erected, flags hung, a whole mulitude of small things that make the big thing work. Pictures will be posted later in the month to show the real thing but a picture here will show the hanger prep in progress. The Exhibition will be open to the public from Tues 16th August for 3 weeks. Also recorded was the very well attended Guild of Aviation Artists Sketch day. A whole day where they gather ideas and sometimes even complete sketches to be mulled over by their peers.

On to the front of the main building, for some... read more

News Update July 2011 (Parts 1 & 2 )

Its quite difficult to know where to start on this update but promises were never made on the quality of continuity, just information and hopefully lots of it. The Flea is finally complete and looks as good as new in its lofty perch. Final tensioning of the wings will be carried out after its settled down after its rebuild. Another bit of obvious progress is on the Voodoo from our signwriter (shown in the photo), what you cant see is the amount of detail applied to the fuselage by this dedicated team.

Straight on to the F6 Lightning, this project is coming along very quickly given the rather poor state of the paintwork to start with. This latest batch of pictures show the camo painting complete and the underside belly about half way through. Although there... read more

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