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« Reply #30 on: Oct 1st, 2007, 7:42pm »

Got to agree with Francis grin grinLots of hot Tea and choccy buiscuits if only you could find the caravan!!!! laugh
Good work guys
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« Reply #31 on: Oct 1st, 2007, 7:55pm »

Hmmm… with lots of tea and choccy biccies on the go, if they do find the caravan they might not want to come out in any hurry!
What’s going to happen to poor old 889 then? cheesy
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« Reply #32 on: Oct 1st, 2007, 9:56pm »

Tea and Choccy Bix....nah, Coffee and Bacon Sarnies, we have a fully functional cooker onboard, got to make use of it wink grin

Thanks for the comments chaps.
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« Reply #33 on: Oct 2nd, 2007, 1:13pm »

Watch out for the Raf chaps, They use Grey Caravans as Targets up at Tain Range!!! shocked shocked shocked
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« Reply #34 on: Oct 2nd, 2007, 6:38pm »

on Oct 2nd, 2007, 1:13pm, XV867 wrote:
Watch out for the Raf chaps, They use Grey Caravans as Targets up at Tain Range!!! shocked shocked shocked


grin grin grin, ah, but they are not protected by a twenty ton dinosaur!! wink cheesy grin
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« Reply #35 on: Oct 23rd, 2007, 8:52pm »

Myself and Keith, took advantage of a price up job at Kemble to carry out some work on 889 today.

We washed the top surface of the aircraft down then set about removing the damaged port flap (see pictures below).

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The flap showing the damage.

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The flap attachment area, showing very minor corrosion.

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Inner Flap pivot showing damage to bearing seal.
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« Reply #36 on: Nov 23rd, 2007, 11:38am »

The team are expecting to decend on Kemble on Sunday 25th November to undertake some much need work before the Winter sets in.

Tailplane bolts to be torqued to the correct settings, refit all bullets and access panels.
Remove both ejection seats for refurbishment, this will also give us a chance to check out the canopy rollers for wear (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, Hugh).
A start will be made on removing the non Bucc instrumentation that was fitted before the 100 years of flight at Fairford.

A general report will be filed on the main site, along with images taken from the day.

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« Reply #37 on: Nov 23rd, 2007, 3:27pm »

Would be particularly interested in the seat removal pics. Have fond memories of dodgy stances, and less than friendly contact with the joystick, while doing the same job on the squadron.
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« Reply #38 on: Nov 23rd, 2007, 3:39pm »

on Nov 23rd, 2007, 3:27pm, cabbage wrote:
Would be particularly interested in the seat removal pics. Have fond memories of dodgy stances, and less than friendly contact with the joystick, while doing the same job on the squadron.


Ha ha, we had the same happen when we fitted the front one back in 2003, he had a slightly surprised and shocked look on his face!! shocked grin grin
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« Reply #39 on: Nov 25th, 2007, 5:16pm »

Well, what a day, everything went according to plan, the tailplane has been fitted correctly and torqued up by Keith and Chris, they also fitted all but 4 lower access panels.

Dan and Anthony, made short work of the Canopy rollers and have 99% of them freed up and working correctly, we have noted that we could do with around 12 replacement rollers at some stage due to some of them having flat spots, I cannot tell you how much better the canopy slides now this work has been done.

Both Ejection Seats have been removed for refurbishment along with 25% of the front cockpit instrumentation, this has to be done so that we can trace each severed wire, and there are plenty of them.

Lastly, we have fitted the canopy cover for the Winter as we now have enough to be getting on with without re-entering the cockpit area until the Spring.

More pictures to go up on the site in the next day or so, for now, I will only include a photo of how we left her tonight.
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« Reply #40 on: Nov 28th, 2007, 08:55am »

Repairs to the flap are now under way, this shot shows that over 100 rivets have been drilled out, only another 500 to go!!!! shocked

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« Reply #41 on: Nov 30th, 2007, 7:23pm »

Humblest apologies but updates now done embarassed

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« Reply #42 on: Dec 16th, 2007, 2:54pm »

Saga of the ongoing flap repair continues, 50 drill bits and about 500 rivets has got us this far, nearly there.

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Close up of the panel that needs to be renewed.

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« Reply #43 on: Jan 9th, 2008, 2:39pm »

You know sometimes, you start a job and never wished that you had even set eyes on it, well that pretty much sums up the Flap Repair (note to everyone, don't even bother trying to repair one).

Although we thought good progress was being made, the recent weather had put paid to being able to undertake any work on it, thus eating into our progress.

A decision was made recently that, as we do not intend using the original skin again, we have started to use more coarse grades of sanding discs, this has sped the paint removal process along at a very rapid pace.

We are still going through drill bits like nobodys business and look set to continue this trend.

Below are a couple of images taken today of the progress.

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« Reply #44 on: Jan 9th, 2008, 11:09pm »

You making steady progress.. Why is she getting so many drill bit kills??
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