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Its good to be able to say that the Vulcan re-paint is nearly complete. Lots of hard work by just a few members who were able to spend the time on this project is bringing XL360s paintwork back to its former glory. The weather has been a major holdup in its final completion but with just the port side of the tail to go it should be complete by the end of the month. The usual problem that affects Vulcans, that is the engine jet pipe exhaust shields has also been addressed and although not cured (replacement is the only real cure) they have been beefed up and re-painted.

Port cones Stbd cones

Another completed project that has had a bit of extra time added is the F6 Lightning. This time it was the fitting of the re-painted missiles. We lack the correct shoulder fittings so they are attached by some rather large metal straps. You would have to get very close to be able to see them but it was the only way we can get to hang them.

Firestreak

Finally for this quite brief update we have re-hung the Grasshopper glider in the roof of the hanger. A lot easier said than done, but it is securely in place at last, after a lengthy winter re-furbishment by just one dedicated member. Well done sir. Not the most elegant of gliders but it played its part in the Air Cadet experience.

Grasshopper

As promised another pic of the upstairs section of the museum. This time of the crashed Whitley fuselage section. Also shown is the new display in the hanger showing two of our Link trainers.

Wreck section Link Trainers

As a teaser there will be an addition (we hope) to the collection in the near future, so if you are not a frequent visitor to the museum (shame on you) keep your eyes on the website for details.

FINALLY:- Please dont forget the Model show on Sunday 29th. We have ordered good weather but no- one is promising. Its all under cover anyway so dont let that put you off. A lot of effort goes in to the preparation of this event by both the resident club and the museum so do support us if you can.

April News

Sorry for the longer than usual interval between postings.

The weather has been so unpredictable in the last 4 weeks that painting and outside activities have almost been at a standstill, When you start painting in a cloudless morning sky you dont expect a torrential downpour during the afternoon to spoil all your hard work. The net result is that despite a carefully study of the weather forecasts, experience tells you they are not always correct and you become reluctant to take a chance. This has affected the Vulcan team more than most but steady progress has been made as shown in the accompanying photos. The tail area still remains to be tackled but the team are chomping at the bit to get it completed. But it is looking considerably smarter and is a credit to the teams efforts.... read more

March News update, our Viscounts first public access.

The new website has been received very well by members and public alike. Comments of "Long Overdue" were noted but the general consensus was that it had good presentation with just the right amount of fact. Tony's artwork coming in top for the most praise. Too much fact it has been mooted means that you can glean all the information from the site and negate a visit. That isn't our intention I can assure you and most visitors comment that it takes a good day to absorb all the information on offer at the museum. With that out of the way on to a rather late March bulletin.

As a special feature of our open cockpit day on Bank Holiday Monday the 9th April, we are going to allow for the first time, public access to the cockpit and cabin of the Viscount 700 F-BGNR. Not the usual wormhole... read more