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Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Mar 9th, 2008, 11:05am

Although XX900 seems to require very little in the way restoration, she does indeed require regular maintenance hence the reason for this dedicated thread!

Last weekend XX900 was taken out for a full static run…

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I am uploading some video as you read this, so check back later to hear some noise!!!

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Mar 9th, 2008, 12:35pm

First video...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX900/?action=view¤t=XX900-01.flv
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Mar 9th, 2008, 12:48pm

Wing Fold...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX900/?action=view¤t=XX900-WingFold.flv
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Mar 9th, 2008, 1:00pm

Walk Round...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX900/?action=view¤t=XX900-WalkRound.flv
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Mar 9th, 2008, 1:15pm

Power...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX900/?action=view¤t=XX900-Power.flv
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Mar 9th, 2008, 1:16pm

Taxi...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX900/?action=view¤t=XX900-Taxi.flv
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by XV867 on Mar 9th, 2008, 10:10pm

Some good footage Francis smiley smiley smiley Do you happen to have a close up pic of the 237 sqn markings huh huh

Hugh...XV867
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccaneer01 on Mar 10th, 2008, 9:58pm

Excellent videos Francis! The winding down of the spinning turbine is a neat idea to close off the last video..... cheesy
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on May 5th, 2008, 6:33pm

XX900 had her scheduled Anti-det run on Saturday 3rd May. I think Matt enjoyed his time in the back seat as well!?

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX900/?action=view¤t=XX900.flv

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by sailor on May 5th, 2008, 6:51pm

on May 5th, 2008, 6:33pm, Plazz wrote:
XX900 had her scheduled Anti-det run on Saturday 3rd May. I think Matt enjoyed his time in the back seat as well!?

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX900/?action=view¤t=XX900.flv
lovely to hear that purr again/i think someone would have been severly b*****ked in my time for leaving the radio/bay door open. wink grin bravo zulu to you all
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by TT18Timbo on May 5th, 2008, 7:38pm

Love it!

Brings home why they make such a big thing about the danger of arrester hooks in rigger trade training watching that thing hurtle ground-wards shocked

Quite why they focussed on fancy Navy bits like that in RAF training is anyones guess though huh

Anyways, great vid!
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by XV867 on May 5th, 2008, 10:41pm

Looks like you could just taxi off down to the threshold , wind her up and off for a spin around the north of Scotland..home in time for tea and medals...we can dream wink laugh wink laugh

XV867
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccaneer01 on Jan 4th, 2009, 6:45pm

Love her weathered paint. Wasn't there a uk company that could apply a product to it to bring out the original pigment making it look new again??
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Buccsociety on Jan 4th, 2009, 7:49pm

on Jan 4th, 2009, 6:45pm, buccaneer01 wrote:
Love her weathered paint. Wasn't there a uk company that could apply a product to it to bring out the original pigment making it look new again??


There's not much paint left to bring out the pigment, it has to be said that, it been a few years since her last repaint, my records indicate 1991/2, was the last time, so when you think about it, 18 or so years, it hasn't done bad.
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by matt on Jan 5th, 2009, 9:09pm

Ffrancis what's happning with the port u\c after last year happnings, i know that someone was working on the brake unit that came off, and that nev has donated a newish tyre !!
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Jan 6th, 2009, 4:21pm

on Jan 5th, 2009, 9:09pm, matt wrote:
Francis what's happning with the port u\c after last year happnings, i know that someone was working on the brake unit that came off, and that nev has donated a newish tyre !!


Matt,

All I know is that the brake pack has been moved to a workshop ready to be stripped down and examined for clues as to what caused the failure.
It was unfortunate as those particular tyres were on their last ever run when the problem occurred. The wheels were due to be split, brakes checked/replaced and a new set of tyres fitted over the winter months. This will still need to be done of course but other minor damage to the braking system also needs to be repaired.
Although Anti-Det runs are continuing, XX900 will be remaining static for the time being.

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Feb 21st, 2009, 9:50pm

XX900 has now been moved under cover for some much needed maintenance. The temporary building that she is currently in is due to be replaced by another similar one. Once this has been done, work will pick up pace as various panels, wheels and other components can be removed and repaired etc. away from the elements. Something we are not normally used to at Bruntingthorpe!!!

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccaneer01 on Mar 19th, 2009, 8:18pm

Great to see her get some much needed attention that couldnt be undertaken in the elements and inside a building to boot!
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by matt on May 21st, 2009, 6:28pm

I've heard that matt has been doing some tarting up on 900 anyone got photo's of it, or a run down on the work schedule
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on May 21st, 2009, 8:27pm

on May 21st, 2009, 6:28pm, matt wrote:
I've heard that matt has been doing some tarting up on 900 anyone got photo's of it, or a run down on the work schedule


So far, the ladders, intake blanks and jet pipe covers etc. have been painted (in two pack) and they look superb! The airframe has been cleaned down and many of the moving parts have been lubricated.
There’s a leak from a fuel pipe in the forward accessories bay that need addressing and various small hydraulic leaks also.
The brake packs need to be overhauled with the pads most likely requiring replacement and the nose and main wheel tyres still need replacing!

I’ll take some pictures at the weekend!

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on May 24th, 2009, 11:21am

Pictures as promised…

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The canopy has been properly polished as well. You can actually see out of it now grin
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccaneer01 on May 24th, 2009, 2:17pm

Wow she looks very nice and the canopy looks fantastic.. You chaps are going to have a hard time convincing her to leave her home when the time comess grin
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Jul 16th, 2009, 7:32pm

Work continues on XX900. The main wheels are now off and the brake packs are currently being refurbished. Once done, new tyres will be fitted and she can then be wheeled back outside for engines runs.

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccaneer01 on Aug 14th, 2009, 2:44pm

She looks in fine fettle now! Would be great if they could all have indoor accomodations!
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by AndrewW on Mar 2nd, 2010, 9:28pm

Any updates on 900 ? Been a while.....

Would be nice to see her on 30th May !

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Mar 4th, 2010, 6:44pm

Andrew,

Work is progressing with 900 but they guys had to have a tool manufactured for use on the wheels and unfortunately it is incorrect in some way and has since gone back off for rework.
The main general services hydraulic reservoir has also had to be removed as the main seals were found to be passing OM15 in to the nitrogen side. These seals are quite large and would perhaps be quite expensive to have made, but the chaps working on 900 have secured a second reservoir that will either be used or will at least yield some spare parts.

I took these photos back in late January this year:

Nice re-sprayed shiny wheels…
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Brake packs still need assembling…
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900 herself is still up on jacks…
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Everyone is still optimistic for 900’s return to the runway this year but progress is slow and the May 30th open day grows ever nearer!

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by AndrewW on Mar 4th, 2010, 9:21pm

Thanks for the update Plazz !

Can you still do anti-det runs inside the tent ?

fingers crossed for May !

smiley

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Mar 4th, 2010, 9:32pm

on Mar 4th, 2010, 9:21pm, AndrewW wrote:
Can you still do anti-det runs inside the tent ?


No sadly not. 900 hasn't started her engines for 15 months now. She is in desperate need of an anti-det run but her need for maintenance over this time was far greater.

Plazz

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccbuilder on Mar 5th, 2010, 8:18pm

Thanks for the update Francis, those wheels look brand new !!!. keep up the good work, regards Paul.
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by XV867 on Mar 6th, 2010, 09:22am

Looking sweet guys. smiley

Hugh.
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Mar 6th, 2010, 7:51pm

I chatted with the guys today to see if there was any recent progress with XX900 and there is!!

One of the main wheels complete with refurbished brake pack has now been refitted to the aircraft…

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The other wheel is progressing also so I guess it wont be long before she’s back off of the jacks which is just as well really because she will apparently move in to the main hangar shortly to complete the rest of her overhaul.

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The general service reservoir has also been repaired and was on pressure test although sadly I didn’t get any photos.

Perhaps the May open day will be achievable yet??

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccaneer01 on Mar 8th, 2010, 12:24am

Lovely progress on the old girl.. Won't be long now before she is aking some noise again!!! laugh
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by XV867 on Mar 8th, 2010, 12:44pm

Very nice job on those wheels..like new smiley

Hugh.
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Mar 22nd, 2010, 10:07pm

The wheels are finally on… cheesy

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Apr 27th, 2010, 9:03pm

XX900’s faulty General Service Reservoir has now been removed. The replacement one is currently having new seals fitted and will hopefully be back in the aircraft soon…

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Whilst the hydraulic system has been broken in to, a replacement coupling will be fitted as the existing one just doesn’t seal at all…
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Slip markers have now been added to the wheel/tires…
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on May 21st, 2010, 07:39am

XX900’s long term restoration is now making very rapid progress.
900 has now come out of the hangar to start the testing phase. The hydraulics have been tested and the wheel brakes will be bled and tested next week.

The fuel leak is still to be fixed and this is next on the list.

900 in the rub…
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The damaged wing skin has now been beautifully repaired…
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Outside at last…
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Hydraulics are tested…
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The fuel leak is quite evident as the bomb bay rotated it deposited some fuel on the floor…
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And the main man behind the restoration of XX900; Matt…
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Dave Walton inspects his Buccaneer along with Graham in the cockpit…
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccbuilder on May 21st, 2010, 7:26pm

Great photo report Francis, thanks for posting.Its great to see how all the Bucc's are coming on. Regards Paul.
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by XV867 on May 23rd, 2010, 1:36pm

Grand Job boys smiley
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by DamienB on May 31st, 2010, 9:13pm

Good to see the old girl folding, dropping and rotating her various bits in front of the public yesteday!

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Jun 20th, 2010, 3:43pm

The wheel brakes were bled and tested prior to the open day but unfortunately the starboard wheel has suffered from exactly the same leaking piston seal issue as XX894 did recently so off again comes the wheel for repair…rolleyes

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Jun 24th, 2010, 11:21pm

just to let you all know 900 is now very close to running again!! fuel seal changed, leaking brake piston changed. A new hydraulic test rig is being serviced by ex Raf fairey Graham and his friend Miles from Rolls Royce. Runs like new. So the plan is in the next 2 weeks test hydraulics again, fuel her up fingers crossed no leaks, Dry cycle the engines test a generator. And if all goes to plan a run and who knows if the runway is free a taxy? and YES two Buccs doing a pairs run for August, all the blood sweet tears and yes plenty of swearing will all be worth it. Matty grin
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Goosey on Jun 25th, 2010, 05:41am

just a word in your ear when we spoke to you on the last open day you said that this was the only hydraulic rig the l.p.g shed also has a rig looks brand new I think they may of been hiding it up lol take care and keep up the good work Goosey grin
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by matt on Jun 25th, 2010, 11:49am

did you check out the taxi lamps link on the parts page mate
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Jun 25th, 2010, 10:47pm

on Jun 25th, 2010, 05:41am, Goosey wrote:
just a word in your ear when we spoke to you on the last open day you said that this was the only hydraulic rig the l.p.g shed also has a rig looks brand new I think they may of been hiding it up lol take care and keep up the good work Goosey grin


hi yes sure do remember yea,hope you had a good day yes its true you will be seeing 2 Buccs going down the runway and a third doing a static run how about that? The rig that Graham has got running has been stored on site and robbed but has a good engine,so we are robbing the one you saw which as you saw was not in the best of conditions. you are always welcome on 900 if you are ever in the area take care stay in touch Matt
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Jun 25th, 2010, 10:53pm

on Jun 25th, 2010, 11:49am, matt wrote:
did you check out the taxi lamps link on the parts page mate


Hi I think if that can done be done with that lamp I think I've got one very similar if not the same as that?ill check it out. As you say with that output it should still look the part, dazzle the crowd till a correct one is found, Cheers Matt smiley
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Jun 27th, 2010, 07:46am

XX900’s leaking brakes have now been repaired and the port main wheel has since been refitted...
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The reason for the fuel spilling out of the bomb bay a few weeks ago was traced to a loose fuel clamp. This fault along with the fuel leak in the accessories bay has now been fixed...
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Cosmetically the bomb door is being cleaned internally whilst the undercarriage ground locks have been treated to a new coat of paint...
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And finally XX894’s hydraulic rig died recently whilst carrying out tests on XX900 when one of the head gaskets blew dumping its oily contents all over the place. Fortunately Graham and Miles came to the rescue with another broken rig and build a super new one out of the parts! This will now keep all of the Bruntingthorpe Buccaneers in good exercise for the years to come!!
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Thanks to Matt for the update!

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Jul 3rd, 2010, 5:17pm

Another update from Matt and the team...

A Spey 101 roll over stand has been sourced and this requires transporting to Bruntingthorpe in the near future...
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Both engines have been dry spooled and the hydraulic pumps operated to bring the wings down...
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XX900 was then towed to the pan behind Buccaneers XW544 and XX894 ready to begin engine runs...
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Unless anything can be arranged in the coming week, XX900 is scheduled to begin her engine runs next weekend cheesy
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by ostrich74 on Jul 4th, 2010, 07:59am

If another pair of hands is required i'm off all week bar wednesday.

andy
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Jul 9th, 2010, 7:30pm

Another update from Matt...

Bomb bay clean for now, I hope forever what a game cleaning it!
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The port side wing tip was buffed up with some special t-cut style solution called G3. The results speak for themselves...
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It was all done by hand. If the entire aircraft is to be done, it will have to be done with a mop or I’ll have arms like Arnie!! Just hope UV rays don’t affect it?!

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by XX900 on Jul 9th, 2010, 7:50pm

Excellent work Matt. I use G3 on all my paint work and G10 for final finishing. However it might make is WAY TOO glossy for the purist camo expert.

Great to see XX900 out on the ramp. It has given me the kick I needed to get out in the workshop again on my baby.

Had a great time when I visted last year to take the pics for my model. Must get back again soon to take some more if that is ok.

Cheers

Davie Matthews
(Ireland)
www.dav.ie

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Jul 9th, 2010, 9:45pm

Hi Davie. I remember your visit well, So far you still the highest rating in taking pictures of 900 grin. The restoration of 900 is now speeding up and the plan is to have 900 taxying with 894 on the August open day, which you are most welcome to come to. You get to see the full size model moving on her own power awsome! Either see you one day in the week just speak to David or Pete and ill pop over or see you on the open day? or just keep watching the updates. The test area using G3 is fantastic good stuff very powerful stuff started to work with out any rubbing shocked. Many thanks Matt
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by XX900 on Jul 9th, 2010, 10:05pm

Hi Matt,


Good to hear from you. As it happens I am in the UK for a holiday on the last week of July so I might email Dave and see about popping by for a few more shots in the open air if she is out. Currently doing the cockpit of the model version so all those 200 cockpit pics and surface details have come into play.

Heres a pic of you working on the lady . . . .

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Jul 11th, 2010, 5:43pm

XX900 spooled up both of her Spey’s yesterday for the first time in nineteen months.

Graham successfully ran the starboard engine first but unfortunately the port engine failed to ignite. The symptoms of the failure was fuel starvation, some further investigation concluded this to be true. After several unsuccessful attempts at bleeding the system it was clear that it was not going to be a five minute fix so the cross feed valve was opened in order to supply the port engine with fuel from the starboard tanks. Later, another attempt was made but this time with yours truly at the controls and with fuel now present the engine roared in to life! Whilst the engine was still running a hydraulic exercise was carried out which revealed all worked ok with the exception of the flying controls?!

The fuelling issue is likely to be a seized or faulty proportioner motor. The flying control hydraulics will need to be investigated further.

A few photos from the day...
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Graham at the controls...
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The flying control hydraulics being tested later in the day after the engine runs were completed...
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Some video of the event was also captured and can be seen here...
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX900/?action=view¤t=XX900-1.mp4

All in all a good result for nineteen months of hard work. Credit to Matt, Graham and the rest of the gang for getting 900 this far!



Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by XX900 on Jul 14th, 2010, 08:43am

Oh now, that is a thing of beauty. tongue

Matty, I will be in to see her on the 29th July for some more pictures. All cleared with Dave. See you then if you are about. wink
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Goosey on Jul 15th, 2010, 5:40pm

on Jul 11th, 2010, 5:43pm, Plazz wrote:
XX900 spooled up both of her Spey’s yesterday for the first time in nineteen months.

Graham successfully ran the starboard engine first but unfortunately the port engine failed to ignite. The symptoms of the failure was fuel starvation, some further investigation concluded this to be true. After several unsuccessful attempts at bleeding the system it was clear that it was not going to be a five minute fix so the cross feed valve was opened in order to supply the port engine with fuel from the starboard tanks. Later, another attempt was made but this time with yours truly at the controls and with fuel now present the engine roared in to life! Whilst the engine was still running a hydraulic exercise was carried out which revealed all worked ok with the exception of the flying controls?!

The fuelling issue is likely to be a seized or faulty proportioner motor. The flying control hydraulics will need to be investigated further.

A few photos from the day...
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Graham at the controls...
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The flying control hydraulics being tested later in the day after the engine runs were completed...
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Some video of the event was also captured and can be seen here...
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX900/?action=view¤t=XX900-1.mp4

All in all a good result for nineteen months of hard work. Credit to Matt, Graham and the rest of the gang for getting 900 this far!


just a little observation I used to be a lecky but was a flm before that it looks from the picky,s of the ground running that the stbd hyd panel is down there used to be a bar with two switches either end the proportioner isolation bar I believe.This could possably give the fuel and maybe the probs with the flying controls worth a look or tell me to butt out GOOD LUCK Goosey smiley

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by paul12 on Jul 15th, 2010, 6:28pm

yea goose if you remember it was one of tom goughs favorite faults on your line test before you fly solo did,nt get it myself cause i had total hyd failure due to popped breakers could,nt role the bomebay or anything all the dolls where popped
geordie
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Goosey on Jul 15th, 2010, 7:10pm

Did mine in jan or feb 1981 chief was Rog Stammers sgt was Rick Phillips and Pete Eades was the cpl I saw Tom Gough on Yarmouth market place eating chips about 15 years ago he hadn,t changed still had a blue snorkel parka But did plenty of 10% checks after that not that I was gash lol
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by paul12 on Jul 17th, 2010, 08:02am

he prob had the same parker he ought in 73 at binbrook how come you got upto 10% i worked with you and reckon it should be about 0.10% heheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Aug 20th, 2010, 7:14pm

XX900 had her second post restoration run earlier this week. All went well, both engines ran up 75% with no problems. Snags were: no parking brake, no port generator and the Hydraulic systems need bleeding. Other than that Dave was very pleased how she ran, and considering he had not run one since they retired I think the boy done well!!

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Pete, ex Lossiemouth fitter on Buccaneer service flight deep in thought...
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Dave Walton, Pete, Dave ex 208 sqn fitter from next week on 237 sqn xx900. Steve ex Bucc fairy, Clive, Bob new member who works with Clive and myself looking rather pleased and why not!!

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Goosey on Aug 20th, 2010, 9:05pm

It,s looking good forget the 237 ocu we all know that its really a 12 Sqdn cab somebody half inched the cowls with the bog rat on as they are more appealing to the eye than a pair of toenail cutters don,t let Pete near it with a paint brush it,ll end up with blue and yellow stripes on it can I just say it looks better in the flesh than in the picky,s hope you enjoyed making some noise .Goosey xii grin
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Aug 20th, 2010, 10:06pm

Don't worry about her appearance, She will look the biz on the open day, if your up on the day come join the flight line grin. During the winter Yes a paint job is on the cards, so preping will start later on this year Dave Walton has given me the green light to start. Next week Dave will check the systems out and Dave Walton has given th go ahead for her to go onto the runway,2 Buccs for the open day what a sight! shocked
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Sep 7th, 2010, 7:21pm

It was nice to finally see XX900 out on the runway again at the August open day!
Just a few pics from me then...

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccbuilder on Sep 7th, 2010, 8:26pm

All credit to whoever did the bizz on the paintwork , she looked fantastic in the pics. regards Paul.
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Sep 7th, 2010, 8:29pm

Paul,

Myself, Guy, Andy and Julian spent a couple of hours on her paintwork the day before.
I couldn’t feel my arm for an hour or so afterwards grin

Cheers, Francis

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Goosey on Sep 9th, 2010, 1:58pm

What a fantastic job you have all done. I just wish I could of been there. At least you don,t have to put up with removing om-15 that has vented all down the bomb door and turned into a treacle like substance in flight.But then again I don,t think any of you would complain at such a small sacrifice, to see one of these beasts beating up the airfield again.Thanks all of you for all your hard work and keeping the memories of these wonderful icons of british aviation at its best in the best order possable.i wonder how much longer we will have an airforce.Would I join today if I was 18 again? Maybe not.
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by paul12 on Sep 10th, 2010, 1:50pm

well said goosey mate and no i would'nt join today but i think i could be lured down the wash pan once more just to get my hands on the old girl again lots of happy memories of her and her pals.we where a lot younger and dafter then mate but once more for old times sake i dont think even you could resist
geordie
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Sep 20th, 2010, 6:40pm

A few from Matt at the Bruntingthorpe open day...

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Sep 26th, 2010, 10:22am

XX900 now has a HDU on loan. Any chance anyone out there might be able to fill the missing panels and oh just a small thing, we need a wing mounted pylon!!

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Cheers Matt

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by matt on Sep 26th, 2010, 6:29pm

Ffrancis should be able to make them however if you get me a tracing of the holes as accurately as possible i can roll new ones at work

Matt (Xj494)
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Nov 12th, 2010, 10:13pm

In 2 weeks 900 will be back on Brunters runway for the last time this year as we test the anti skid crontrol unit which has dogged this bird for far too long. Weve got it cracked! Then its in the L.V.R.E for some more anti det checks and then the preping for the Paint Job! David Walton has given the go ahead and maybe a return to 208 sqn colours. She will look more fantastic for the May open day! Does anyone have any pictures of 900 in 208 colours. That could help us? Pictures and info to follow. Thanks
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Goosey on Nov 13th, 2010, 06:40am

She wasn,t with the flying eye,s for long put the foxes on it pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez I,ll bring some more beer!!!!!XII is one of the oldest squadrons in the RAF has more history and more battle honours and was the first operational buccaneer squadron in the RAF I told you Pete would put yellow all over it and I was right. embarassed

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by paul12 on Nov 13th, 2010, 10:27am

not yellow please she only spent a couple of months on the jokers sqn she has to go foxy surely as goose said most historic bucc sqn in the RAF and the best of the lot
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Nov 13th, 2010, 11:00am

But she ended her days with 208 sqn less hassle when it comes down to it, you only have see the forums on the paint job on our victor people mainly armchair 'experts' knocking em. But if you fancy lending a hand in the preping who knows what might get applied? She just needs a paint job looking a bit tired now and applying wd40 on open days makes her look good but its expensive and does not last. So roll on the paint job. Matty
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Goosey on Nov 13th, 2010, 5:50pm

My Grandad ended his days in an old peoples home but I remember the times when he was at his own house.Not saying that the old peoples home was bad but wasn,t his real home.as 208 were the last Bucc sqdn then all the buccs that were left in a reasonable condition were sent there.I was on 12 for 6 years and xx900 was there before me and after I left.I was also on 72 sqdn wessex and 54 sqdn jags but my heart and fondest memories always turn back to 12 sqdn.Pete will probably admit that 12 was the best sqdn in the uk high morale and great rivalry.But history has resigned 208 to a reserve sqdn where as 12 carries on (for the meantime) as a frontline sqdn.I know you live a long way from Brunty and have a labour of love travelling from Lincs every week It takes me nearly 3 hrs to get to lincs from gt Yarmouth else I would be there getting dusty with ya.The work you all do is fantastic and is appreciated more than you all realise and I wish I lived nearer so that I could help you 18 years until I retire then things may be different so watch out grin
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by paul12 on Nov 14th, 2010, 07:22am

i would like to echo goosey sentiments you guys dont realise how much your efforts mean to people like goose and myself to see the efforts you guys go to is awsome the best times in the mob i ever had was working with people like goose on 12 sqn so i like goose am slightly biased although i spent time with the 208 12sqn will always be the one for me
as to helping I wou;ld love to be close enough to get my hands on the old girl once more but 4.5 hrs each way and a 5 year old make it hard however as he gets older im game to help if i can
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by JMalkin on Nov 27th, 2010, 3:54pm

Would imagine you've probably seen this one already, but there's this one of '900 in 208 Sqn markings at the bottom of this page

http://www.paulnann.com/Make.asp?Make=Blackburn+Hawker-Siddeley&Family=Buccaneer
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Goosey on Nov 27th, 2010, 5:38pm

And if you look here you,ll see 900 in its true colours including having foxes engine cowlings at brunty somebody must,ve nicked em. www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?regsearch=XX900 - Cached
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Dec 7th, 2010, 4:21pm

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Dec 7th, 2010, 4:23pm

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Dec 7th, 2010, 4:26pm

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Dec 7th, 2010, 4:41pm

Roll on next summer!
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Dec 7th, 2010, 5:00pm

More BANG for your Bucc!
What a picture, What an aircraft!
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by matt on Dec 7th, 2010, 6:57pm

Still starting the stad with the power set again, oh well on the way to burning out the starter motor again
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Dec 7th, 2010, 7:12pm

Who's been burning starter motors out then Matt?

In the six years we've had that Stad we've only had one motor fail and that wasn’t caused by auxiliary starting?

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by matt on Dec 8th, 2010, 5:04pm

I suppose when GEF told me the RAF were using them more intensively, and there knowledge was based on more frequent use and abuse by liney's, i wasn't a dig !!
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on Dec 8th, 2010, 6:28pm

No worries Matt it wasn't taken as a dig! We need to make our equipment last so if we're doing something wrong its best to know about it!


Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Dec 9th, 2010, 4:40pm

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Dec 9th, 2010, 4:52pm

Buccingthorpe!
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Dec 9th, 2010, 4:59pm

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccbuilder on Dec 9th, 2010, 7:40pm

Thanks for your latest photo updates Matty, it didn't look that cold there!!! cool.Regards Paul.
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Dec 31st, 2010, 9:20pm

The troublesome starboard generator in the process of removal,Francis and Julian enjoying a Brunters new years eve and myself.
Last time this happened she was in service.
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Dec 31st, 2010, 9:35pm

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Re: Buccaneer XX900 jacked up
Post by Matty on Dec 31st, 2010, 9:40pm

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Jan 19th, 2011, 10:02pm

Thanks to Clive, Chief of works for Cold War Jets there is still a production run of Buccaneer related items.(first item not yet finished) but not far off it.
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Feb 18th, 2011, 10:22pm

After a long time searching and trying 900 now has two fully working strobe units.
The new:
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The old:
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The high capacitor unit:
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In all its glory: Click here to see.
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Mar 5th, 2011, 08:28am

The restoration of 900 in getting her back to service status is coming on a pace. Now for the wing fold panels. Everything and everywhere is being sourced.
Panel from Guy and bracket from Francis. Thanks Guys.
Before:
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The result:
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Re: Buccaneer XX900's new spare main wheel
Post by Matty on Apr 22nd, 2011, 11:12pm

Spare main wheel, kindly donated by the lads from N.E.A.M, a very good swop indeed.
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Apr 23rd, 2011, 12:01am

900's Winter/Spring service comes on apace.
New Declutching pin made, due to old one seized in bulkhead broke,oops. Now fully operational.
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With the seat removed, access was gained so lubricaton could be made to free up the footpedal adjustment,Now free and fully working, Phewww.
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Hydraulic system filters to be removed and cleaned,both high pressure units done. Very awkward! 4 more to go.
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2 N0/1 flying controls avery couplings removed due to refusing to reseal closed. Hydraulic oil on me and the floor.
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on May 8th, 2011, 09:36am

Thats it job done! Was not looking forward to removing the low pressure fillter element bowls from 900 in the forward hatch, so new 900 die hard volunteer Greg well volunteered and loved it,pheww! was not looking forward to them. Just the bomb bay ones to service after the open day, Never been cleaned since her last Raf service. So hydraulic systems should run alot smoother. Next week she comes outside for her run and shake down checks. And fingers crossed after Francis has wired the Gene up we should have them both back on line.please!
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Look what this one is to remove!
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Stbd side
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccaneer01 on May 9th, 2011, 1:57pm

Wow those look next to impossible to reach without some form of 3rd yoga moves! Here I thought the Bucc was a much better aircraft for mtce access then the lightning!? shocked
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Gregg on May 9th, 2011, 7:57pm

Believe it or not the port side was easier remove and refitt than the other, still a bugger though, dosen't help that i'm wider than the hole! grin
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on May 10th, 2011, 06:34am

Shes out, ready for 2011.
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by jahooligan on May 10th, 2011, 6:15pm

is the front seat back in m8huhhuh
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Gregg on May 13th, 2011, 9:28pm

Indeed the front seat is now back in grin

Here is Julian,Little Graham, Matt and Dave fitting in the seat on Wedensday.

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We also spent the day trying to get the brakes to work and failed, so it's a day or so to be spent removing the controll cylinder. Matt brought 900 out of her rub on Tuesday and and we also went through the hydraulics for the flaps,wing fold and airbrake.
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Now some nice art shots for the hell of it!

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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Plazz on May 27th, 2011, 08:28am

Myself and Matt had a good day on 900 yesterday. The starboard generator is now fixed and back online. The brake gauges are all bled and functional and Dennis took her for a drive at the end of the day.

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After testing the generator wiring a problem was found with the Control and Protection Unit (CPU) whereby the main exciter circuit was open. This was traced to 3 out of four power diodes being faulty. Most likely caused be the amount of moisture that we found in the generator back in December.

Failed CPU under investigation...
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How many Buccaneers... grin
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Going for a drive...
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Looking good for the weekend!

Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by buccaneer01 on May 27th, 2011, 11:53pm

Just want to tip my hat,raise a pint and extend my very best wishes to each and everyone of you for a trouble free open day this weekend!
Buccs Rule!! cheesy
Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Jun 5th, 2011, 1:49pm

After a very long strugle we thought 900 was not going to make it for the open day but we did it and here are the results:
Francis takes Dennis through the startup.
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A very pleased Dennis after a very successful run and taxy and myself over the moon.phewww.
The open day.
Where else?
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The man behind the stick.
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The man with the man who puts the man behind the stick.
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by Matty on Jun 14th, 2011, 10:07pm

The port Fly-Con hydraulic pump has gone U/S so out she has to come, But oh no, nothing is simple on the Bucc the General service pump has to come out first, and just for added fun she decides to shower me with OM-15 as one of the valves failed to close. You can only imagine the fight in trying to get the thing back on to stop it. It then sealed.
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Re: Buccaneer XX900
Post by ostrich74 on Jun 15th, 2011, 3:51pm

Tis a bit of a bugger that one, We may have to remove the same one on 544 though we actually think it's a sticky valve somewhere.
Finding it will be another story.....