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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.

Whirlwind Vulcan tail

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.

Eng mount strut

Nosecone Radar mount

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.


August Update

Sorry the update is a little late this time but Im sure that as you read on you can understand that we wanted to include our latest achievements without being tied to strict editorial deadlines. The major event happened on the 10th September but we didnt want the website to lag behind by some 3 weeks before it was updated and pictures posted.

Well its happened at last and after the planning which began in March/April the Viscount has finally stood on its own legs (Not without a fight of course) at last. Nearly the whole of the staff at the museum were involved in one way or another and you have to say the team worked faultlessly for the three days involved in the assembly assisting the three man professional team brought in to do the job. From the tea and coffee supplied by the shop... read more

July Update

Starting the news this month with a report of a new working team at the museum. It is our newly formed Junior Restoration Section. Always difficult to encourage the younger generation to make the effort to come to the museum on a regular basis but if we get a corum then we allocate a senior member to oversee the work and try to ensure that it is challenging and interesting. This team have started the repaint of the Westland Whirlwind. They have broken the back of the preparation stage and have just started to apply the top coat. We wish them every success in their project and hope the weather and enthusiasm holds out for them to finish the job.

The Mig 21 is getting its final new coat of paint in its new shiny colours. Spraying is never an easy excercise... read more