Sept/Oct News update.Still here,Still Thriving
Story added on 27th October 2012
Let me explain first of all about the "Still Here" bit on the title. The truth is that ever since the move of Airbase to Newquay and the publicity it recieved both nationaly and localy we have been getting phone calls to ascertain that we are still here. So rest assured that we are here and still growing in stature and content.
Right now on to the news update itself. After the frantic activity of the Viscount assembly everyone took a step back and rewarded themselves with a well earned rest. It wasnt allowed to last long however and soon the sound of metal bashing and paint rollering resumed. Well in truth not quite as much paint application as we would have liked because the weather is not being very kind. But the Vulcan is finished and the Whirlwind which was so ably started by our junior group is just waiting for the reg and logo.
Good news has emerged from the negotioations with the IWM on the future of the F86 A/D. The paperwork for its transfer to our collection is all but complete. Now this means the curator can paint it in some exotic scheme without comeback (if he can find someone to do it that is).
As anyone who has ever assembled an aircraft will testify that putting the feathers on the fuselage is not the complete story by a long chalk. Work is progressing daily on the re-assembly of the Viscounts various bits and pieces. Panels,under carraige doors, cowlings, all have to be re-attached. Not always straight forward after an aircraft has been apart for a while either. Missing parts have to be either sourced or fabricated. A simple strut that attaches the stbd nose door to the leg had to be made as the original was not in the pile of bits that we inherited. Work and preparation is ongoing on the engine attachment frames and some progress is being made on sourcing some engine cowlings. All of which will come together at some stage Im sure. but perhaps not until after the winter and we get some warmer weather. Interior wise the aircraft is back to having its seats fitted and we are now using the de-humidifier on a daily basis throughout the winter. A couple of pictures of whats under the Viscounts nose cone. The short answer is of course "nothing" the weather radar being far to valuable to be released when the aircraft was sold for training. We do have a weather radar but unfortunately its not the correct one and wont fit in the room avaiable, so if anyone wants to do a swop..... Should you be interested, the Ground support jacks have been left in place whilst the airframe settles down. They are not supporting the weight at all, but are there as a safety net in case any oleo settling is experienced. Oleo collars are fitted as a standard practice but as you load the wings with engines and the like it is better to be safe than sorry. They will eventually be removed when we are happy that the aircraft has settled down.
Finally after being painted outside as shown in previous news reviews the Mig is now comfortably tucked in the Robin hanger for the winter. Alongside the Mig is of course the University owned Scout helicopter. This has been risk assessed by the instructors to enable the training courses to start very shortly.