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« Reply #45 on: Apr 5th, 2009, 7:22pm »

Its been a while since I last updated this one, but let me assure you all that work has continued steadily on XW544 over the winter months!

To bring you up to date, the rendezvous lights have been serviced, re-installed and tested successfully…

Lower rendezvous light installed…
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Upper rendezvous light installed…
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A new canopy motor has been fitted and tested, but much like XX894 the whole mechanism needs some attention.
The bomb door has been rotated for access to the fuel system etc. that not surprisingly has had a few new pipes fitted (544 was retired due to fuel system issues)! Unbelievably after all these years the pipe work still contains crystal clear fuel!! This of course was very welcome to see as it bows well for the whole system integrity!

The port engine has been cycled several times for fuel pressure checks. After several goes it was decided that all was well so over the next couple of weeks the engine will be reconnected to the fuel tanks ready for proper engine starting and running tests to begin.

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Exciting times for this particular Buccaneer are not to far away….
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« Reply #46 on: Apr 5th, 2009, 7:25pm »

on Mar 19th, 2009, 8:22pm, buccaneer01 wrote:
Cant help but think the damaged antenna looks like a broken tooth! In some of the video clips the rendevouz lights appear to flash white. Is the rendevous light only red on the belly?


They are both red on the top and the bottom!
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« Reply #47 on: Apr 5th, 2009, 7:26pm »

on Mar 19th, 2009, 9:31pm, sailor wrote:
Thought they were red top and bottom?? is that a broken Tacan A/Ehuh fading memory!!!


My knowledge of aerials is weak at best, but the books refer to it as a lower UHF aerial.
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XW544 - Progress
« Reply #48 on: Apr 6th, 2009, 07:04am »

on Apr 5th, 2009, 7:26pm, Plazz wrote:
My knowledge of aerials is weak at best, but the books refer to it as a lower UHF aerial.
Yes think that is right The front two UHF AEs would come into play for ADF. The setting is on the Arc 52 Control panel. The top two UHF AEs for TX/RX of the ARC52. Radio ( I will have to stop boring myself rolleyes )
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« Reply #49 on: Apr 6th, 2009, 7:02pm »

I have changed one or two !!!!! in my time on Bucc Majors.

If memory serves me right they were originaly used for the Bull Pup missle system

ARC 52 - aaaah PTR175 without the VHF bit !!!!

Control Unit settings were:

Off / T/R, T/R + G, ADF

Have scanned my notes in of a Block Schematic Diagram but can't upload it !!

Hmmm, date on notes says 26 Jan 1972 wink

I must get out more grin
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« Reply #50 on: Apr 7th, 2009, 06:33am »

Four Bulpups underslung wink wink Violet Picture Giving ADFhuh not forgetting Tacan as wellhuh
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« Reply #51 on: May 24th, 2009, 11:53am »

In my spare time I have refurbished a generator (donated from XV864) and two control and protection units which interface the generator to the rest of the electrics on the Buccaneer. These parts have now been fitted to the port engine…

30kVA Generator…
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Fitted…
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« Reply #52 on: May 24th, 2009, 2:20pm »

Thanks for the update Plazz! Steady progress. When will she be roaring down the runway?
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« Reply #53 on: Jul 16th, 2009, 7:41pm »

Back in mid June, XW544’s port engine was plumbed in to the fuel tanks for the first time in years! Fuel was added and the engine spun. Unfortunately the fuel union between the engine and fuselage sprung a leak. This will be fixed in early August and then hopefully 544 will spring fully in to life for the first time in almost 30 years!

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« Reply #54 on: Jul 16th, 2009, 7:43pm »

on May 24th, 2009, 2:20pm, buccaneer01 wrote:
Thanks for the update Plazz! Steady progress. When will she be roaring down the runway?


It will be a couple of years yet, but to see her running on both engines before the end of the year is the current aim!
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« Reply #55 on: Sep 13th, 2009, 09:59am »

Finally XW544 has joined the squadron of other running Buccaneers at Bruntingthorpe!

Yesterday saw years of hard work finally pay off when 544’s port engine roared in to life. A roar that this particular Bucc has not made since its final flight back in 1983. A truly momentous and very satisfying occasion!

Final preparations to the port power plant go on in the background whilst work continues on the starboard unit…
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544 in position…
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Graham and Malcolm do checks and adjustments…
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Graham keeps a close eye on things whilst the engine is running…
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The team pose after two successful runs…
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In all, two static runs were made with the engine being accelerated up to 70% the newly installed generator and control and protection units were also brought online and worked flawlessly.

Work will continue on the starboard engine into the winter months and it will hopefully be installed after successful ground runs have taken place.

Some video footage of the event can be seen here:
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XW544/?action=view¤t=544.flv
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« Reply #56 on: Sep 13th, 2009, 2:49pm »

Great work guys smiley

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« Reply #57 on: Sep 14th, 2009, 02:44am »

Great work guys, she sounds fantastic.. Looking forward to seeing pairs runs soon!
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« Reply #58 on: Dec 4th, 2009, 8:06pm »

Unfortunately during maintenance on 544's starboard engine a hole was discovered in the main oil tank sad
The stand that the engine has been sitting in was obstructing any means of removing the oil tank for repair, so there was only one thing for it, remove the engine from its stand and place it in the vertical!! Of course this sort of thing could not be achieved outside on a windy airfield so off in to the hanger it went…

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The next job was to stand the engine up on one end!
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And then put it down on a pre-constructed pallet arrangement…
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All done and lashed down… One and half tonnes of Rolls Royce Spey ready to be worked on!
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The offending hole in the oil tank…
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The burner rail and fuel jets will all be removed and tested during this phase before ground runs commence in the New Year!
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« Reply #59 on: Dec 4th, 2009, 8:18pm »

There really doesn’t seem to be many photos of XW544 when she was in service so thanks to Norman Roberson and Dave Webber for supplying these two…

XW544-H Buccaneer S.2B RAF 15 Sqn. Finningley 29 July 1977
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The second photo is more of a mystery but is believed to have been taken in Germany 1972
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Norman Roberson concludes “During the Winter of 1972/73, the low visibility camouflage markings were painted on all the aircraft. This entailed removing the white markings in the roundels and fin flashes, and the white "XV" being painted red. The picture of XW544 shows the aircraft still carrying those white markings, and as far as I can remember, all the aircraft had been toned down when I joined the unit in last week of March 1973”.
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