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August Update and Latest Arrival

Story added on 13th September 2013

The Art Exhibition finally wound up in early September and all concerned in the organisation and display side of the exhibition breathed a sigh of relief. The Exhibition itself was well attended and the lord Mayor who performed the opening ceromony stayed nearly all day at the museum. Visitors to the museum during the period it was opened were up on normal,but this is really to be expected when you have an exhibition of this class and reputation happening on the site. The Robin Hanger was returned to normal. The Scout,Beagle etc soon resumed there under cover homes.

The Viscount became the proud recipient of its last prop at the end of August. On loan from the Brooklands Museum it is the correct type for the 700 series. Slight corrosion was soon addressed and the fitment went quite easily as everything was prepared in advance. Although the feathering unit has been removed the blades are well and truly stuck in the feathered position. It would take a complete strip down of the prop and hub to sort out this problem,facilities which we dont have of course. So for the time being at least it will remain feathered. That doesnt detract from the overall appearance that this last piece of the viscount jigsaw brings to this exhibit.

No 3 Prop 3 prop

Patience and perseverance was rewarded in early September with the arrival of our latest exhibit. The Tornado will bring our inventory of aircraft right up to date. The aircraft we have aquired is serial number ZA452. Now go and google that to have a look at its service history and photos of it in service. Bags of provinence attached to this airframe having service in the Gulf etc. Too much for a brief newsletter to record. Although it is outside it is not in a condition to display as we still await parts for completion. But its here that the main thing. Just a few pictures of its last airbourne move to whet your appetite. One small query that a knowledgable ex service type might help us out on is the Zap. This was found in the port wing box section and obviously relates to it being somewhere at a certain time. I doubt that this was the only aircraft zapped at the time. So if you can shed any light on it please contact the museum.

Tornado lift lift 2

wing attach waiting for parts

zap

Thats it for August until I can think of any important addition Ive omitted. If you are lucky during your visit you might catch the Tornado being assembled. We havnt a schedule so its a bit pot luck. But with the Mig very prominantly displayed outside the main hanger at present its a golden opportunity for you to really get up close and personel with it.

July Update Reminder about the Art Exhibition

Firstly let me plug the Art Exhibition which will be held at the Museum. This gives the public access to view the very best in Aviation art and to meet the artists in person if your lucky. This will be on going until the 8th of September and could well be your opportunity to grace your home with an original piece of Aviation art. Held indoors in our carpeted Robin Hanger it adds an extra dimension to the museums attraction. So please come and browse and have a chat to the artists. Open from 10 am until 5 pm.

No moans about the weather from our willing members to be heard this month, They are all trying to catch up on the tasks that gradually mount up over the winter and spring. Perennial problem though is when you start a job it always ends up taking two to three times the time you... read more

June Update

Once again time has passed so quickly its almost the end of June already. Although on the surface not much has changed ,underneath an awful amount of work has been carried out to stage the very well recieved Model Show. Plenty of Traders and plenty of buyers. All seem very satisfied with the venue, but it was an awful lot of hard work moving aeroplanes around to accomodate the stalls. It all has to be done again in August for the Bi.Annual Guild of Aviation Art Exhibition. Dates for your diary are 20th August until the 8th September. Open for viewing from 10.30 until 4.30. Artists will be on hand to answer question and to offer advice to would be artists. It has to be said the primary reason for the show is to allow the artists to display and sell their work, so lets wish them well on that... read more