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December Update

Story added on 27th December 2012

On most December News reviews it is customary to look back on the previous year and comment on the progress of the organisation. Well that is not going to happen here so you will not have to suffer the near terminal boredom that that induces.

Cracking on with a report on the Viscount we have, after two very good sorties to Moreton- in -the-Marsh Fire Training School rescued the missing engine cowlings. As you can imagine they gave the team a hard time and never came off easily, they are of course from an 800 series Viscount but still fit OK. They were in remarkably good condition considering the use to which the aircraft had been put. After a lot of hard work they will all be ready for fitment after the engines have been installed. The picture shows the aircraft as it is at the moment with the engines positioned ready for lifting, already fitted with their respective mounts. The engine fitment will wait until the spring when we are hoping for some warmer drier weather. If anyone is wondering where the burner cans are on the engines in the photos, so are we. But when cowled up it wont show. The No 1 Engine is complete and as the cowlings are fully servicable it is our intention to open them up to allow photographic access in the summer. Full guided access to the aircraft interior is still scheduled for April. (Fingers crossed that the access steps will be finished).

Dec Viscount

Rear cowling behind No 2 Engine

Cowling before Cowling after repair

Cowl in workshop Eng mounts

Another model show was held in early December in and was well supported by traders and modellers alike, sorry if the photo is a bit sparce on visitors but it was taken just before we opened the doors. Also included is a photo from our upstairs collection, showing the 1154/1155 radio combination.

model show 1154.1155

A very welcome gift of some equipment allowed us to update our Canberra PR3s photographic fit. The fully working F52 in the rear camera bay has benefited from the fitment of a new film magazine, sans film of course. Also it allowed us to fit a camera motor and flex drive to the port side of the camera bay. Maybe one day another F52 will turn up to give it something to do. Keen Canberra observers will notice that the Green Satin doppler radar is still fitted (and pressurised). Details of the radar complete with pictures can be found on Damien Burkes Canberra tribute website.

F52 magazine port flex drive

November update

We dont go in to hibernation at the museum during the winter but it is true to say that a number of outside projects tend to go on hold at this time of year. Saying that we do try to take advantage of the good days where we can. An example of this is the fitting of the Viscount fairings. On average it takes about a day to fit one set of engine fairings which means you can if your lucky get it secured before dark. As you can imagine its not easy as each panel has fasteners that havnt been lubricated for about 15 years and all the anchor nuts need re-tapping. We have been lucky enough to get some engine fairings from the Viscount that is at the Moreton-in-the-Marsh Fire Training School as our inboard engine fairings have not followed the aircraft on its travels. The fairings we obtained are... read more

Sept/Oct News update.Still here,Still Thriving

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... read more