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xx Re: Buccaneer Trust - Progress
« Reply #15 on: Feb 7th, 2007, 8:38pm »

Looking good mate, lets hope that we can all get to see her running on May 27th.
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xx Re: Buccaneer Trust - Progress
« Reply #16 on: Feb 7th, 2007, 9:53pm »

One more for now!

You definitely need sound for this one as although its very brief, what you can hear is both engines accelerating up to 60% HP RPM, with a small ‘throttle blip’ to 65% before returning back to idle (50%).

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=60EngineRun.flv

The next thing on the agenda is to adjust the acceleration speed on the port engine as it currently spools up more sluggishly than the starboard one!

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xx Re: Buccaneer Trust - Progress
« Reply #17 on: Feb 8th, 2007, 6:34pm »

Well done to Francis and the team

Will sort out links on website over weekend

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xx Re: Buccaneer Trust - Progress
« Reply #18 on: Feb 8th, 2007, 7:03pm »

Nige,

I have lots of various bits of footage of 894 from over the years. If you like I will sort and upload some interesting bits for you to put exclusively on the website?

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xx Re: Buccaneer Trust - Progress
« Reply #19 on: Feb 8th, 2007, 8:47pm »

Hi Francis

Yes please - All I will need are the links and I can then do a "Special" on the site

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xx Re: Buccaneer Trust - Progress
« Reply #20 on: Feb 27th, 2007, 1:41pm »

Hows things going on 894 matie you running her on the open day?
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xx Buccaneer Trust - Progress XX894 17-03-07
« Reply #21 on: Mar 18th, 2007, 8:50pm »

Another successful day at Bruntingthorpe was had yesterday, which saw us finally fix the hydraulic issues with the bomb door. The fault was traced as being a faulty selector valve, which has now been replaced with one from a previously scrapped Buccaneer XX895 (see the scrap man cometh link on the web page).

The aileron cables were also replaced and partially aligned. It turned out during the ensuing aileron test runs that the port aileron is seized at its linkages and refuses to move full deflection, another job to sort out!

Both engines were run simultaneously up to 60% and then individually up to 80%. The latter single engine runs were to test out the engine mounted generators and control units, as it turns out there is a problem with the port generator or associated wiring. This restoration business is a case of fix two things and then find two more faulty things to fix! At least it keeps us busy!!

I have videoed the events of yesterday but until I get chance to upload it, Charles from the Cold War Jets has taken his own footage and uploaded it to youtube. The link can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHhTtKgPspI&mode=related&search

In the mean time here are a couple of photos:

Rigging the aileron cables…
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Testing of the tail plane flap and aileron droop mechanism…
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XX894 and XW544 at rest…
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In answer to your question Scott, yes we would like to exhibit on the 27th with both engines running and full electric and hydraulic demo (I very much doubt that the brakes will be fixed by then to allow a taxing demo), but the events of the day are yet to be decided. I’ll keep you posted.

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xx XX894 Update 31-03-07
« Reply #22 on: Apr 1st, 2007, 1:18pm »

The ailerons have now been aligned correctly with the port one also being freed off from its seized position, however the controls remain a bit tight and will require further attention to allow acceptable operation. Movement of the ailerons can be seen in the video clip at the link below.

The problem with the engine-mounted generator has now been traced to a sheared off quill shaft. This type of shaft is meant to shear by design if the generator ever seizes (which our has, Doh!). Electrically the generator appears to be sound so this should not take to long to rectify.

Both engines were again put through their paces and can be seen running in the video clip:

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/?action=view¤t=Movie.flv


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xx XX894 Update 14-04-07
« Reply #23 on: Apr 15th, 2007, 7:09pm »

Nothing much to report from this weekends non-productive visit I’m afraid.
A couple of minor snags were fixed and a brief electric / hydraulic exercise was carried out, but all in all non-eventful!

7:25am (Where’s the sunshine that they forecast!)
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Finally the sun came out….
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xx Update from the 7th July 2007.
« Reply #24 on: Jul 8th, 2007, 9:11pm »

The days of XX894 remaining static are getting fewer and fewer as yesterday saw the fitment of a replacement and refurbished brake relay valve.
Lack of brakes have kept 894 firmly behind the chocks for a long while now, but after installation and ground testing of the brake relay valve she was allowed out to stretch her legs.
The brakes are still far from perfect and will need considerable refinement to allow confident operation, but she does at last have some form of braking!
XX894 clocked up and impressive 14 minute running time during the exercise, most of which was spent taxing around the runway threshold.

The brake relay valve sits behind a bulkhead in the nose. You can see the replacement part on the very left hand side of the work stand.
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A small top up of fuel…
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Getting ready to roll…
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Some photos of XX894 taxing taken by C Perris ©

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A big thanks has to go to everyone involved in this project. Its taken a long time to get to this point.

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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #25 on: Jul 30th, 2007, 9:19pm »

During XX894’s last outing on the runway a few weeks back, it became quite apparent that the aircraft is suffering from a discrepancy between the simultaneous operation of both throttles. On acceleration, the starboard engine accelerates more rapidly than the port one, and so before we considered adjusting the engines themselves it was necessary to rig all of the throttle linkages to be sure of their correct alignment!
I’m pleased to say that the alignment was spot on which means only the port engine will require adjustments on the Fuel Flow Regulator in couple of weeks time!

Since re-installation of the Brake Relay Valve, the system has had time to settle and reveal any possible leaks. There hasn’t been any, so it was decided to fully recharge the both of the brake accumulators, the end results of this can be seen on the gauges in the second photograph!

The master rigging pin located in the throttle box…
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Brake gauges…
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894 at rest…
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« Reply #26 on: Aug 30th, 2007, 8:49pm »

After the brake relay valve was serviced and installed, the last few weeks have seen the hand brake accumulator repaired and the all of the cockpit brake gauges bled.
A rebuild of the nose compartment then commenced which included the reinstallation of the electro-hydraulic windscreen wiper system.
The wiper system was filled with hydraulic oil, bled and after finding a minor electrical fault was tested fully.

A before nose compartment rebuild photo…
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An after nose compartment rebuild photo… (Notice the windscreen washer bottle, lower middle)
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Further engine runs and blow valve testing will commence in a couple of weeks time and if all goes well the taxing / braking tests can start to gather some pace!

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« Reply #27 on: Sep 23rd, 2007, 8:18pm »

XX894 had another taxi out on Bruntingthorpe’s runway threshold yesterday, this time for some much needed brake testing!
I’m pleased to say that everything went very well. There is a hydraulic snag to attend to, and further testing will need to be completed before the team will be happy to let the aircraft go beyond walking speed!
Overall, the progress is very good and work will continue over the winter months with the aim of debuting in front of the crowd during next years open days.

Myself and Eddie Relaxing…
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This stuff really is a team effort. Malcolm on the Stad and Andy on the hose (Guy captured their best sides grin grin )
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Time for some noise…
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Andy connecting up the starboard engine…
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Wings travelling…
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Nearly there
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I check the aileron droop and blow valves before taxing. Malcolm checks the brake gauges mounted in the nose…
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Sadly I have no footage of the aircraft moving as my camcorder broke! Aaarrrggghhh!! It’s a good job its still under warranty. Lets hope it comes back fixed before the next outing.

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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #28 on: Sep 25th, 2007, 5:07pm »

My best side........ the cheek of it.

I did take a little video clip of 894 moving on ed's camera i'll get it off him.

And here it is. quality not great but good enough

http://s231.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/ostrich74/?action=view¤t=HPIM0272.flv
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #29 on: Sep 26th, 2007, 10:24pm »

A nice bit of footage there Andy. Its not a polished act yet, but hopefully a few more months work will see a better display!

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