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« Reply #105 on: Nov 8th, 2010, 07:06am »

Yes saturday was another good day for 544, the aim for the day had been to have both engines running at once but we'll settle for that for now !

The engines were both run up to 80%, you'll notice that on the video there is a lot of nose feeling going on whilst the left engine is run, this is because of a vibration we think is due to some corrosion around the intake on the first stage. Plus that engine has been in the aircraft and sat for quite a whille in one position but after 2 blow throughs and its run the run down time improved and the vibration was a lot less pronounced so is possibly due to lack of use.

We had both blow systems blanked off for the run but aim to have it all in place for next time.Though the trouser joint issue for the right engine is still outstanding.

So technically Bruntingthorpe now is unique in having three live Buccaneers ! And quite possibly mays open day will see all 3 go up the runway.

I'd just like to say thanks to the LPG for the use of the tug on saturday and to Guy for the cdc oil tank from 894's spare engine helped us out a lot. and finally well done everybody who has helped get us here, A massive achievment all round reallly when you consider those sad photo's of 544 in the scrap yard.
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« Reply #106 on: Nov 9th, 2010, 6:53pm »

Thanks for the update, May's open day will be well worth attending, grin Regards Paul.
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« Reply #107 on: Nov 28th, 2010, 09:40am »

Another succesfull day despite the snow on the airfiled. Bloody cold doesnt quite cover it.

Both engines dry and wet cycled and some px-24 thrown down them, the left engines spool up and run down times are vastly improved.

Other than having left the ground power connected for a while to dry her out inside and fluid levels checked not much else was done as it was to cold. And attention switched to 900's run in the afternoon.

More next weekend............
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« Reply #108 on: Dec 6th, 2010, 2:54pm »

where's the news on the succesful outcome of last weekend or did you all get drunk when it finally worked
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« Reply #109 on: Dec 11th, 2010, 8:53pm »

After six years of painstaking restoration at Bruntingthorpe, Buccaneer XW544 finally moved under the power of both of her Spey 101ís today.

Congratulations for this momentous occasion go to Dave, Andy, Graham, George, Julian and Ollie for all of their hard work. I played a small role myself in the restoration over the years and with that in mind Dave kindly offered me the front seat for 544ís first taxi run in 27 years. A great privilege that I will never forget!

Below is a short piece of footage taken by Buccaneer XX894ís new 2011 season pilot Mike...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XW544/?action=view¤t=XW54411-12-2010.mp4

You may note from the clip that the braking system on 544 is incredibly sharp and during the last part of the video both engines were confidently accelerated to 80% against the brakes before shutting down.

Incidentally the team will have been looking after XW544 for exactly 10 years in January 2011 and their aim was to have her moving under her own steam inside of 10 years. It was a close call I guess but must be very satisfying to have achieved all of this with still three weeks to go!

Well done guys, not long until that 3 ship run on a Cold War Jets open day!
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« Reply #110 on: Dec 12th, 2010, 03:27am »

What an amazing site to see after so many years of hard work and effort! I see what you mean about the brakes though.. whiplash at first. Is this something that will wear in over the next few taxi runs or is it a minor snag?
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« Reply #111 on: Dec 12th, 2010, 10:01am »

Brilliant to see, i was mortified i couldn't be there due to work, the lad who went sick has a lot to answer now!

Heres to the next ten years!
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« Reply #112 on: Dec 13th, 2010, 1:03pm »

on Dec 12th, 2010, 03:27am, buccaneer01 wrote:
What an amazing site to see after so many years of hard work and effort! I see what you mean about the brakes though.. whiplash at first. Is this something that will wear in over the next few taxi runs or is it a minor snag?


No there are no problems with the brakes. Their just so much sharper than the ones I'm use to on XX894!
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« Reply #113 on: Dec 13th, 2010, 3:08pm »

Thanks Plazz, a testament to the engineering team and their work on her then if the brakes are that good!
Will there be any chance of all three running together or is there not enough pilots or certified engineers to run them all at once?
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« Reply #114 on: Dec 13th, 2010, 3:24pm »

The plan is to run all three together at one of the forth coming open days.
Weíve been quite fortunate with pilots just recently and have two new ones training up on type (One current fast jet and one current commercial)
There are options for a third pilot for XX900 but nothing confirmed just yet!
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« Reply #115 on: Dec 31st, 2010, 9:14pm »

Another successful day with XW544 finally sees the canopy working!

This should have only been a few hours work but due to a comedy of faults and errors ended up taking the entire day!

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A short video of it all finally working...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XW544/?action=view¤t=DSCF0181.mp4

All thatís left now is to get the de-clutching mechanism working and we can then move on to the next snag on the list!
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« Reply #116 on: Jan 1st, 2011, 3:05pm »

Glad to see you finally got it fixed, how far is it from fast taxing i know you've done some low speed trials but not sure how big the snag list was for 544
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« Reply #117 on: Jan 1st, 2011, 5:22pm »

tyres are one of the things that we need to fast taxi
also only one of the main hyds systems works neededs work as does the brake accumulator it only just holds pressure needed to remove and reseal that
the blow system for the wings neededs some work plus stbd trouser joint for that system (we dont have that part if anyone out there has one they would loan/donate we would be gratefull )
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« Reply #118 on: Jan 23rd, 2011, 1:18pm »

Yesterday was my first visit of the year and with ollie and andy's help the port side oil cooler, tank, genny and constant speed drive unit were removed to allow us access to remove the air start unit for replacement.

This was deemed neccesary as there seems to be a lot of air being vented out during the start sequence.

The oil inside the removed air star was jet black ! Obviously it isn't supposed to be and may be an indicator of wear or something terminal. Hopefully the replacement will make a big difference.

A reconn'd spare wheel with a part worn tyre was returned to the airfield aswell this week and another one will be done over the next few weeks to allow a matching pair to be fitted to the aircraft.

Next week will see everything put back in hopefully and then it will all need to be tested again.
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« Reply #119 on: Feb 13th, 2011, 9:59pm »

The latest tests with 544 can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CXbODtvdCU
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