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  1. #61
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    More dismantling photos from a different source.
    http://mrcaviation.blogspot.com/2017...pg-update.html

    And there are some interior photos in a subsequent post at nzcivair.blogspot.com

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    Good to see this happening with so much support. I kind of wish though that I was in a position to do similar with the poor old Belfast that is stuck in Oz, albeit on a x4 scale!


    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by farnboroughrob View Post
    Shame this aircraft saw no civil use . . . IMHO.
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    Well it did actually, as ZK-BJP on loan to Straits Air Freight Express in April 1955.

    Mind you, the livery didn't alter much


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    Such good news about this lovely Freighter coming home...well done to all involved

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    Great progress! I'm really looking forward to this coming back to the UK
    Apologies if this has been asked already, but does the Freighter still have tail feathers and engines in store somewhere? Or will the restorers in Bristol have to source them from somewhere?
    Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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    Paul McSweeney from Pioneer Aviation at Ardmore said on the WONZ Warbirds Radio show that the RNZAF personnel involved are volunteers, and that once they have taken the wings off further work will be done at Pioneer before shipping.

    http://www.warbirdradio.com/2017/03/...-31417-9pm-et/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Triangle View Post
    Great progress! I'm really looking forward to this coming back to the UK
    Apologies if this has been asked already, but does the Freighter still have tail feathers and engines in store somewhere? Or will the restorers in Bristol have to source them from somewhere?
    Hopefully they have access to the mortal remains of C-FDFC at Enstone. Wing and engines on site still (?). Is the tail still there?
    http://forum.keypublishing.com/showt...e-(old-thread)

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    It would have been nice if the had been a way to get the Belfast preserved in Australia with a national museum

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    Interior photos of ZK-EPG taken yesterday: http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2017/...-taken-on.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericmunk View Post
    Wasn't the majority of that sold to Canada some years ago to aid in a restoration there? I seem to recall that.

    When I was there in early 2010 there was the complete wing tip-to-tip in the undergrowth behind the hangar, with cowlings and control surfaces and other sections stored underneath. Vertical tail, nose doors and rear end of fuselage plus engine and a bent prop in a shed. Other engine and bent prop in a semi-open hangar. IIRC the cockpit was sitting in the owners driveway under a tarp.
    If the mortal remains already in the UK could be donated to the project, and subject to the remains condition from the initial forced landing (which largely destroyed the fuselage but appeared to leave the cockpit, wings, engines and tail intact) that might reduce the need to bring back everything from NZ, ie leaving the wing and tail group off the shipping cost?

    The fuselage could hold items like undercarriage legs, wheels, elevators, ailerons in anycase.

    Of course the wing in the UK has apparently been stored in the open on the ground all this time, and may have suffered structural damage via the undercarriage legs in the accident, but it is a plan B is the fundraising doesnt get over the line?

    But returning an example of Bristols flying shipping container to the UK is great project though, and worthy of support by all Enthusiasts in the UK, good luck and best wishes of success.

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    Very pleased that we Kiwis have helped give a bit of British aviation history back to her birthplace. I did a bit of work on NZ5903 at the Air Force Museum here in Christchurch and on ZK-CPT the current runner based at Omaka. Maybe not sleek but they certainly have a certain something and love the sound of those Hercules engines running!

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    Quote Originally Posted by D1566 View Post
    A nice RNZAF scheme would be good too, especially given the assistance they are providing?
    We have enough here in RNZAF markings and civil markings. Put it in UK markings as a nod to those hard working people in the UK who operated them. :-)

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    It would appear that the dismantling of NZ5911 at Ardmore to prepare the airframe for shipping to the UK has ceased for now.

    Asbestos lagging has been discovered in the heating system of the aircraft.

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    Asbestos lagging has been discovered in the heating system of the aircraft.
    Considering the age of the aircraft and the materials used then I'd have been surprised if there had been no asbestos

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    Good news, wings off, waiting for the grass to dry before moving over to Pioneer Aero. It has been very wet the last couple of weeks, with another ex-cyclone expected Wed-Thur.
    http://www.pioneeraero.co.nz/2017/04/07/b-170/

    Currently it is almost opposite Ardmore Cafe, in the paddock that is 551 Harvard Lane. Pioneer is on the other side of the runway, 540 Corsair Lane. They can probably avoid having to remove any fence posts.

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    The fuselage was moved over to near Pioneer in April, and brought over to the main apron for the NZ Warbirds Open Day in early June.

    UK-bound Bristol B170 by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

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    Heck, i can remember sitting in the classroom of No 4 TTS at Woodbourne and straining to hear what the instructors were saying due to Safe Air's freighters plodding down the runway.
    Hitched a lift over to Wellington once for a weekend away. Bunged someone in thier office a few dollars and was told "blend in"

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    Can we have the Proctor, as well, please...........??!!!!

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    That old thing? It just hangs around this mundane GA airfield. It's not like it's a film star or any... wait, it is a film star! :-)
    ZK-DPP appeared as G-ADPR in Jean.

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    For fellow spotters, DPP is a Proctor I restored to Vega Gull configuration. And a lovely machine it is too!
    https://youtu.be/UtuuBONr_cA
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    Today I met up with David Bradley at Ardmore.

    David is over here from the Bristol Aircraft Museum to work on repatriating the B170 back to  the UK.

    With his assistance I was able to look through the Freighter as it is right now.

    Welcome aboard



    I can well remember, as an Air Scout, lying prone on those nose-doors as the Bristol rumbled through the air



    Looking back down the cabin, the dismantling team on their tea break



    Upstairs, the cockpit has taken a beating over the last 39 years





    Tailfeathers stacked outside, ready to be shipped
    (Venom wings not included).




    The long-term plan is to restore the aircraft in the colours and config she wore when leaving the factory for NZ back in 1954.

    Thanks David for the tour and also the opportunity to wander through the Pioneer Aviation hangar.

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    The old girl doesn't look too bad structurally?

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    That actually looks A LOT better then I'd thought!

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    Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see her back in the UK. The insides actually look ok to the naked eye. Cockpit is very restore able, Im assuming the collection already has some spares backing? Will be great to see her back in the silver scheme and not the ugly camouflage on such a beautiful aircraft LOL! You can keep your Spitfires, give me a Bristol 'frighterner' any day.

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    It's a shame that the Mk. 32 is extinct. I couldn't think of much nicer than seeing a Mk. 31 and a Mk. 32 standing alongside each other in preservation. But as the man said: 'In your dreams .....'!

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    For comparison, a couple from inside ZK-CPT at Omaka
    Tired but functional by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

    Inside the Bristol by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

    Thanks to Marty and Al for the tour and taxi.

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    Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see her back in the UK. The insides actually look ok to the naked eye. Cockpit is very restore able, Im assuming the collection already has some spares backing? Will be great to see her back in the silver scheme and not the ugly camouflage on such a beautiful aircraft LOL! You can keep your Spitfires, give me a Bristol 'frighterner' any day.
    Agreed..............it will be unique in the UK !!!

    Also beats Concorde of which we have a surfeit.....!!!
    Last edited by Planemike; 28th July 2017 at 15:37.

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