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xx Re: Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ494 - Progress
« Reply #60 on: Mar 17th, 2008, 6:55pm »

on Mar 17th, 2008, 6:08pm, matt wrote:
30x10.0-18 for the nimrod
30x10.0-17 for the sea vixen
according to the AP and dunlop's site

not sure how the -17 - 18 difference apply's


Diffrence relates to the profile...so she would only sit 1cm higher, depending on pressures.

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« Reply #61 on: Mar 17th, 2008, 8:52pm »

A few more photos from Matt

Reason for the Avon coming out…
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Photo by C Periss

The rear fairing removal is a 4 hour story on it's own!
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« Reply #62 on: Mar 17th, 2008, 9:26pm »

I have a bit of aircraft background and am used to Fod checks on the ground before jets startup. After reading about the engine being fodded I thought hmm might not be too bad, an inspection for damage should show if theres anything to worry about. Then you post the pic of that blade damage! Whoah!!
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« Reply #63 on: Mar 18th, 2008, 5:52pm »

Yep that's what i said, it's a lot of work to crop off the end and then balance it cropping the opposite pair as i've blade blended a pegasus before and it takes ages, plus the intake on the vixen ain't that big

Awaiting a phone call from the mighty nimrod's tyre bay to see if they can sort us anything out
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« Reply #64 on: Mar 24th, 2008, 8:59pm »

Malcolm says that nimrod tyres will fit a bucc but not a vixen as the angle of the trailing arm on the leg will foul the top of the higher profile wheel but there you go

any one no how to free up a avon main engine trunnion as that the only thing stopping us removing it the book says " slide the engine inboard to release the outboard fixed trunnion " erm no that trunnion aint moving anywhere

we've also got our work cut out swopping the new engine from a port to stbd configuration

there's loads but i'm knackered after 9 hours at brunty in the cold and guy doin semi nightime runs naughty boy
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« Reply #65 on: Mar 25th, 2008, 08:28am »

Here’s my take on Matt, Chris, Steve and Malcolm’s efforts yesterday…

Replacement engine after removal from its shipping crate…
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Malcolm working his skills on the CAT…
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I just had to make sure there was a Bucc in shot somewhere…
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The aircraft in question…
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At this point all is going well…
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Access for nuts, bolts and ancillary equipment removal…
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The damaged engine still in situ…
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Work goes on in to the evening, but sadly a stubborn trunnion halts further progress…
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A truly great effort by all involved.
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« Reply #66 on: Mar 25th, 2008, 7:35pm »

Its a shame that Tunnion would not budge, I cannot wait to see the Vixen with the engine out.

I have noticed that the "Airfield Headgear" was in strong evidence yesterday.
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« Reply #67 on: Mar 28th, 2008, 01:41am »

Great job on the replacement. What kind of shape is it in hours wise? You managed a fair bit considering the conditions you are working in. Quick question... is the airbrake under the cockpit touching the ground and if so why?
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« Reply #68 on: Mar 28th, 2008, 07:57am »

The airbrake was disconnected as were unsure as to wether the ground test switch is working, and access to the battery bay is through there, hopefully now that the canopy motor works and providing we can get the canopy back on to it's rails the cockpit will be secure as we'll need a battery every time to open it, hence the need for battery cases, as the canopy will not shut fully at the moment which ends up with the cockpit wet
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« Reply #69 on: Mar 28th, 2008, 10:14am »

The airbrake never stays up on a vixen anyway, after about 5-6 weeks they are halfway down from sag, unless you lock it, but as matt says, unless you are prepared to leave the batteries in for 4-5 weeks at a time, you need access. using the ground test switch works ok, but you still have to get the brake back up afterward, which is a pain in the butt with the hand pump, unless you are about 2 feet tall!!



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« Reply #70 on: Mar 28th, 2008, 11:02am »

THat's very informative you have experience with a vixen do you, i'm learning as i go along
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« Reply #71 on: Mar 28th, 2008, 12:08pm »

on Mar 28th, 2008, 11:02am, matt wrote:
THat's very informative you have experience with a vixen do you, i'm learning as i go along


MJR is one of the experienced volunteers from Gatwick Aviation Museum, he is also involved heavily with the restoration of the Anglo-American Lightning Organisation's XS422 at Stennis International Airport, USA.

He knows a thing or two but refuses to accept that he knows where the bar is!! grin
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« Reply #72 on: Mar 28th, 2008, 5:57pm »

Ahh one of pete vallances mob then don't suppose he knows the whereabouts of a set of generator control boxs for the vixen (other than the gatwick avaition example) we might need some photo's of what's missing

MJR could you send us a PM link as i need to ask you something about a bit of kit at gatwick that i need photo's off that's vixen related
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« Reply #73 on: Mar 29th, 2008, 7:47pm »

on Mar 24th, 2008, 8:59pm, matt wrote:
Malcolm says that nimrod tyres will fit a bucc but not a vixen as the angle of the trailing arm on the leg will foul the top of the higher profile wheel but there you go

any one no how to free up a avon main engine trunnion as that the only thing stopping us removing it the book says " slide the engine inboard to release the outboard fixed trunnion " erm no that trunnion aint moving anywhere

we've also got our work cut out swopping the new engine from a port to stbd configuration

there's loads but i'm knackered after 9 hours at brunty in the cold and guy doin semi nightime runs naughty boy


Maybe its just me but there must be more than +10mm clearance beetween the trailing arm and the tyre..considering the clatter that they came down with on the carrier huhhuh? Can you post a pic of the offending object.

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« Reply #74 on: Mar 29th, 2008, 10:34pm »

cool Imformation about the tyres was given to me by Paul Kiingsbury who runs the Vixen down at Bournemouth that,s why they went down the path of getting a new batch of new tyres made as nothing else was available at approx £1000 a tyre
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