Board Logo
« Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress »

Welcome Guest. Please Login or Register.
Oct 24th, 2017, 11:19am



« Previous Topic | Next Topic »
Pages: 1 ... 4 5 6 7 8  ...  15 Notify Send Topic Print
 sticky  Author  Topic: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress  (Read 22921 times)
Buccsociety
Administrator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 830
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #75 on: Dec 30th, 2008, 6:50pm »

Jeez, I am glad I have put some weight on since this footage was taken!!

Where she was hemmed in at Farnborough, was possibly the worst postion it could have been in, we had fun getting her out of there, as the video shows.
User IP Logged

User Image
Nigel J Goodall - Blackburn Buccaneer Society - Coordinator.
Plazz
Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 448
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #76 on: Jan 25th, 2009, 11:45am »

After the Christmas break and various bouts of ill health, the team had their first visit back to Brunty in 2009 to continue work on XX894.
We decided that we would pick up immediately from where we left off and continue taxi / brake trials. After spending the morning servicing the electric, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, 894 was towed out on to the runway threshold. After starting both engines a minor hydraulic problem presented itself and the aircraft had to be shut down again in order to top up the system. By the time we were ready again the sun had set (doh!) but we carried on regardless.

User Image

User Image

User Image

User Image

Unfortunately Photobucket only allows me uploads of 5 minutes or less, so I have condensed the highlights here:

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=XX894TwilightRun.flv

Without wishing to tempt fate, the team are confident that 2009 will be the year when XX894 will start taxiing at speed. Fingers crossed eh?

Francis
User IP Logged

Buccsociety
Administrator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 830
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #77 on: Jan 26th, 2009, 12:54pm »

Good bit of footage there Francis, looking good for this year, what was the Hyd problem you encountered?
User IP Logged

User Image
Nigel J Goodall - Blackburn Buccaneer Society - Coordinator.
Plazz
Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 448
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #78 on: Jan 26th, 2009, 5:40pm »

Nige,

It was a lack of OM15 in the general services reservoir. The strange thing is that we topped it to the correct position and charged it with nitrogen earlier in the day. As soon as the starboard pump came online though, the OM15 disappeared into the system and then it demanded more shocked (another gallon in fact) shocked shocked
I could understand it if there had been a leak but we haven’t had one of those for well over 2 years? one thing is for sure though, its gone somewhere grin
It has since got me thinking though whether our sticky wing back last August was perhaps due to an air lock in the system and this has now automatically bled off requiring the top up we encountered on Saturday?
Who knows for sure huh huh
« Last Edit: Jan 26th, 2009, 5:42pm by Plazz » User IP Logged

XV867
God
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 247
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #79 on: Jan 27th, 2009, 6:37pm »

Air /Gas/lock?? smiley or the usuall OM15 Fairies grin

XV867 smiley smiley
« Last Edit: Jan 27th, 2009, 6:39pm by XV867 » User IP Logged

http://www.highlandaviationmuseum.co.uk/index.htm
Plazz
Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 448
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #80 on: Feb 21st, 2009, 9:36pm »

Today we finally got around to changing the damaged starboard jet pipe. A job that has only been on the list for about the last 2+ years!

The damage can be seen at the top of the jet pipe…
User Image

Removal…
User Image

User Image

The damage can be clearly seen in this view…
User Image

Replacement jet pipe…
User Image

Going in…(note that the end has been polished up)!
User Image

All finished! And it looks so much better!?…
User Image

User Image

User Image

What the photos don’t show is just how much of a job it is to change one of these dam things!

The canopy mechanism was also looked at today as it’s been a bit of a headache for a while now. The canopy moves perfectly to the closed position but judders and slips whilst travelling to the open position!?

So, a new motor and gearbox was fitted…
User Image

Then the handle…
User Image

User Image

And then it was all tested (again and again) and still the same problem occurred! Arrrggghh! It would appear now that the only part of the system that has not been changed must be at fault which is the declutch shuttle. The shuttle bolts directly to the top of the motor itself and controls the drive/declutch part of the system.
The light was failing when we came to this conclusion, so it will be the first job on the list in two weeks time!
« Last Edit: Feb 21st, 2009, 10:01pm by Plazz » User IP Logged

MJR
Senior Member
ImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM


Posts: 32
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #81 on: Feb 21st, 2009, 9:58pm »

at least you got a motor, gearbox, handle assembly etc mate. We opened ours up to find zip! grin


User IP Logged

Plazz
Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 448
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #82 on: Mar 8th, 2009, 12:56pm »

XX894 had her monthly Anti-Det run yesterday afternoon and performed flawlessly with no snags to report! The new starboard jet pipe was christened by having around 400°C of turbine gas blasted down its length for the first time in 15 years!

I also spent yet another hour or two in vein trying to fix the canopy mechanism when eagle eyed Malcolm spotted the problem! One minor adjustment later and the whole thing sprang to life! I dread to think how many hours I’ve spent trying to fix the bloody thing, so the moral of the story is when you cant see what’s directly in front of you get another set of eyes to assist rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes

User Image

It was also good to have Anthony (huntermk58)’s company yesterday as well! Sorry you couldn’t stay for the Anti-Det run. Maybe next time eh?
User IP Logged

Plazz
Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 448
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #83 on: Apr 5th, 2009, 6:21pm »

XX894 stretched her legs out on Bruntingthorpe’s runway again yesterday! Apart from being a standard anti-det run, the real purpose of the run this time was as follows:

Practice figure eights using nose wheel steering/differential breaking.
Check out the brakes at a slightly faster speed.
Hold the aircraft against the brakes with both engines at 80%.
Check canopy operation (this was the first run with the canopy closed and locked)!
Check operation of cockpit air conditioning (It didn’t work) doh!
Check fuel pounds remaining operation.

XX894 undergoes routine maintenance in the morning…
User Image

My attempt at some arty stuff… grin
User Image

Below is a link to some video from yesterday… Unfortunately it appears to have been shot in wobble vision grin grin so if there are any decent camera men out there that want to come along next time then please feel free!

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=XX894Run.flv

After the run yesterday the faulty flying control accumulators were removed ready for overhaul as the new seals have now arrived cheesy. These have now been fitted and will be pressure tested over the next week before being re-installed in two weeks time.

Old accumulator piston and seals on the left, new ones on the right…
User Image

User Image

Accumulators, pistons and seals…
User Image
« Last Edit: Apr 5th, 2009, 6:24pm by Plazz » User IP Logged

Plazz
Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 448
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #84 on: Apr 6th, 2009, 7:57pm »

I have now installed the new seals in the accumulators and have put the first one on a 485psi (33bar) leak test and so far so good!

User Image

User Image

Off course the real test will be when they are fitted back in the aircraft operating at 2000psi (which I cant safely simulate on the bench)!
User IP Logged

Plazz
Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 448
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #85 on: Apr 19th, 2009, 8:31pm »

After being successfully pressure tested for the last two weeks, XX894’s flying control accumulators were re-fitted and charged yesterday. They both now hold and correctly operate at 2000psi! For the first time since starting on the project the flying controls now feel both light and smooth to the touch! That’s another job done then!

One of the two re-installed accumulators...
User Image

Now that the canopy operates correctly it was felt important that the cockpit air conditioning should be made operable for the odd occasion when a crew might find themselves sat at the end of Bruntingthorpe’s runway on a hot day! (yeah I know it’s not likely but we can always hope)!
Many of the air con parts were originally missing, but thanks again to donor Bucc XV864 at Manston, the parts were obtained and fitted. The system still remained inoperative until yesterday when we traced the problem to a sticky valve. Once sorted it was time to give it a try! Stupidly thinking that the test would work better with the canopy closed, the starboard engine was wound up. Seconds after turning on the air con switch I was subjected to 15+ years of dust and debris being fired out off the air con vents! I immediately had to open the canopy for some fresh air! After the dust had settled I closed the canopy and could feel the refreshing cold air exiting from the vents. Success!
Incidentally, the air con supplies cool air to the electrics in the accessories bay and the radio bay. All very important when running on a hot day!
User IP Logged

Plazz
Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 448
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #86 on: May 10th, 2009, 5:09pm »

Many of you will know that XX894 performed in front of the public at the Bruntingthorpe open day last weekend and there are plenty of superb photographs of her in action on various websites. however, the Saturday prior to the event was spent servicing and preparing for the big day. Part of the preparation was to practice some of our display out on the runway!
Before the practice I strapped my camcorder in to the cockpit and some of the results can be seen below:

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=XX894Part1.flv

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=XX894Part2.flv

Over the next few months the wings will be correctly shimmed so that high speed runs can be performed during the next open day!
« Last Edit: May 10th, 2009, 5:32pm by Plazz » User IP Logged

NigeC
Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 233
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #87 on: May 10th, 2009, 7:54pm »

Francis

Great video and just loved that sound
User IP Logged

sailor
Senior Member
ImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM


Posts: 76
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #88 on: May 11th, 2009, 06:23am »

smiley smiley Ah distant memories, mind you dont forget?? to put the nose wheel chocks in as well !!!! before you do SLAMS, Or Chiefy wont be to chuffed!! when he ends up in the line crewroom embarassed embarassedBravo/Zulu
User IP Logged

Plazz
Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 448
xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #89 on: Aug 31st, 2009, 2:24pm »

After working all through the summer months trying to sort out the wings, XX894 has finally moved up a gear and now enters the higher speed testing phase.

This new phase of testing sees me relegated to the back seat whilst our pilot Damien starts putting 894 through her paces. Although I am disappointed in no longer being up front, I am extremely pleased and excited that we have finally got to this point of 894’s restoration.

The wings fold mechanism now functions correctly (without sticking) and the brakes still need some fine tuning, but on the whole we are almost there!
The first clip shows one of the two fast runs performed on Saturday. This is nowhere near what 894 is capable of, but a little at a time for now. The last thing we want is to reach in excess of 110 knots only to find something doesn’t work correctly!

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=XX894FastRun.flv

The third (more sedate run) was performed in front of the crowd on yesterdays open day.

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=XX894ShowRun.flv

A couple of photos from the open day…
User Image

User Image
« Last Edit: Aug 31st, 2009, 2:30pm by Plazz » User IP Logged

Pages: 1 ... 4 5 6 7 8  ...  15 Notify Send Topic Print
« Previous Topic | Next Topic »

Donate $6.99 for 50,000 Ad-Free Pageviews!

| |

This forum powered for FREE by Conforums ©
Sign up for your own Free Message Board today!
Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Conforums Support | Parental Controls