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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #45 on: Apr 20th, 2008, 7:02pm »

Here’s one taken that very day! I wish I could have been there, but at least I have some video footage of the event to show me exactly what I missed!

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« Reply #46 on: Apr 20th, 2008, 8:39pm »

Willie to the pilots/observers maybe but "SOAPEY" to the maintainers grin wink
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #47 on: May 4th, 2008, 8:50pm »

Its been a very hectic weekend at Bruntingthorpe and I’m pleased to say that finally the port engine on XX894 has been fixed!

Saturday morning was spent with the removal of any outstanding ancillary equipment, then in the afternoon the engine was removed for the repair work to be carried out. By 7:00pm the repairs were complete, by 8:30pm the engine was securely mounted back in the Bucc. Phew! time to unwind with some food and a well earned beer (or two).
After a hearty breakfast we spent Sunday morning re-connecting all of the ancillaries and checking all disturbed components for leaks etc…
Once completed 894 was towed out to the threshold for more leak tests and engine starting tests.
Next came the purging the fuel system before the runs could begin. The first two starts were a vast improvement but unsuccessful. Further adjustments were made to the fuel flow regulator and then the port engine roared in to life for the first time in almost a year!
A 10-15 minute run was carried out with the engine being taken through fifty, sixty and seventy percent stages whilst monitoring all of the gauges, hydraulics, electrics and blow system for correct operation.
Everything work perfectly and after a few more adjustments in a few weeks time to refine performance, we can hopefully get back to some taxiing!

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Lifting gear in place…
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Engine out…
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With the repairs completed, the engine was re-fitted…
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Towing to the threshold…
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The engine runs were videoed so I’ll upload them tomorrow!

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« Reply #48 on: May 4th, 2008, 9:26pm »

Good to see her back together Francis..maybe next time i plan a trip to see her, she will behave grin grin

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« Reply #49 on: May 5th, 2008, 4:14pm »

on May 4th, 2008, 9:26pm, XV867 wrote:
Good to see her back together Francis..maybe next time i plan a trip to see her, she will behave grin grin

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Lets hope so Hugh!

Here’s some footage from yesterday to keep you going...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=XX894.flv
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #50 on: May 5th, 2008, 5:02pm »

Francis, it maybe an idea to adopt an anti-det schedule, that way it should stop a lot of the problems the aircraft experiences.

Looking forwards to to seeing the old girl again, its been a while now.
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« Reply #51 on: May 18th, 2008, 7:15pm »

Since last autumn, the bomb door has failed to sequence properly and the tail plane flap would not retract during normal operation. Due to XX894’s port engine issue these faults were put to the back of the list. Now that the engine issue is behind us, the attention yesterday was turned back to these outstanding faults. After only an hour or so fault finding the bomb door was finally fixed! It turned out to be a badly contacting door lock micro-switch which was holding the system ‘open circuit’ Another hour or so later the tail plane flap was fixed as well! This also turned out to be an end of travel micro-switch not allowing the reversing contactor to change over. A quick adjustment was made and all was good. It brought back a few memories for me sitting up on the tail plane as a few years back I had to rewire the entire thing due to it being savagely butchered from its previous few moves!

With another two faults fixed it was time for another engine run. Both port and starboard engines were wound up (separately) and a full electric and hydraulic exercise was carried out. If we get the opportunity to do some final brake testing next Saturday, then anything is possible for Sunday!

A few from yesterday…
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Malcolm bizarrely acts out a famous movie scene!
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For the last part of the day, XX894 had to be carefully pushed in between some temporary buildings to be the centre of attention for a Peugeot event being held at the airfield today! After all, now she is starting to become ‘viable’ as a display item the hire fees will help to fill the fuel tanks!

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Some video…
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=XX894EngineRunMay08.flv


Hopefully we will see some of you next weekend during the open day!?
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #52 on: May 23rd, 2008, 8:27pm »

Question is, will guy run it down the strip on sunday, i hear insurance issues as ever were a stumbling block.
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« Reply #53 on: May 23rd, 2008, 8:29pm »

We have paid our insurance and it wasn’t cheap! As for going down the runway wink
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« Reply #54 on: May 24th, 2008, 07:37am »

you might have to fill in for the hunter
nev said he wasn't going to run the hunter even though she starts first time
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #55 on: May 24th, 2008, 08:07am »

on May 5th, 2008, 4:14pm, Plazz wrote:
Lets hope so Hugh!

Here’s some footage from yesterday to keep you going...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=XX894.flv
dont forget the standard 15 10 10 channel 2 if your getting airborne wink i wish cool
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« Reply #56 on: May 26th, 2008, 7:57pm »

Due to organising things for the open day at Bruntingthorpe, very little engineering work was carried out on 894. However, one job that did get ticked off the list was the re-fitting of the flare dispensers in the rear fuselage behind the airbrake. The original flare dispenser housings were removed at St Athan upon retirement and so the ones now fitted had to be sourced form XV864 which is currently resting at the fire school, Manston. The empty flare cartridges that are now fitted into the new housings are thought to be 894’s original ones though!

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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #57 on: May 26th, 2008, 8:44pm »

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These are supeb pics - Oh to hear the howl of a Bucc again
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« Reply #58 on: Jun 6th, 2008, 8:47pm »

There’s not much to show this time even though it was a very long days work!
The work has once again turned back to the brakes. The main foot brakes are fine but the hand brake never quite achieved full working pressure. The accumulator was the first port of call which meant stripping the nose out to get at it, Doh!
The accumulator was at first changed for another one but the results were less than satisfactory so a strip down, internal polish and reassembly of the original one was the next course of action.
All was reassembled in the jet and tested, this time with system shooting up to the maximum working pressure of 4000psi.
Although in the past the hand brake has always worked up to 2000psi it is important to have it working up to its maximum pressure because if the foot brakes ever failed at speed then the hand brake is actually capable of bringing the Buccaneer to a stop!

The next item to be fixed was an electrical fault. The starting timer on the starboard engine has never functioned properly since we got the jet and starting has always been achieved using the re-light facility. The fault was traced to a set of blackened contacts on the cam timer itself. A quick polish up and re-assembly saw another job ticked off the ever shortening list!

Nose strip down…
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The hand brake accumulator is top right with the foot brake accumulator below…
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Accumulator removed…
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Old and new(ish)…
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Back in situ…
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« Reply #59 on: Aug 25th, 2008, 10:54am »

Its been a while since I’ve updated this thread, so here goes..

Now that we are heading in to the tail end of the year, attention will once again turn to fixing any outstanding issues. First off this weekend was the replacement of the port flying control hydraulic pump. There are two hydraulic pumps on each engine on the Buccaneer. In the pictures below, the one on the left runs the flying controls, the one in the middle runs the general services and the one on the right is the new pump!
Next off was the removal of the canopy to adjust up the operating mechanism. It seems that at some point in 894’s past, the mechanism in the cockpit has been removed and then incorrectly replaced with a piece missing from one of the micro-switches! Using XW544 as a reference, the handle on 894 also appears to be incorrectly fitted. This will be rectified along with the fitment of a new canopy operating gearbox motor on the next visit.
Attention finally turned to the tail blow duct system. As we suspected, the pipe at the top of the rudder is totally knackered. Arrangements have now been made to retrieve this part from a donor Buccaneer next month.

Hydraulic pumps…
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Replacement hydraulic pump…
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Replacement pump fitted…
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Canopy removed…
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Buccaneer Cabriolet…
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