Nothing exciting to tell really, was just a day of attempting to set up the HDU to work properly again. Nice to have a steady day after last weekend's activity!
Plus, we had a visitor from the '558 team, come to see a real V-bomber! I think he was secretly envious of our fitted cup holders...
Probably another quiet one next week too, as much of the team will be at Brunty I suspect...
If you're going to the aeroboot at Newark next then I have that other Vulcan rear panel for you - turned up stored in the back of '445 recently - these cockpits have their uses! If Andre turns up instead I can pass onto him or whoever, two light dimmers on it too and £10 all-in- hope you've managed to track some instruments now for the first panel, good to get up to speed with some of the goings-on with Lindy and others, a really good thread.
GOKIWUNNY, Victor Assoc
Big day tomorrow folks. XV250 is being dedicated to the memory of the 14 guys killed in XV230 above Kanderhar 2nd Sept 2006. This is being carried out by the Archbishop of York no less! Engine ground runs will be carried out afterwards. Everyone is welcome.
Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult
We met the parents of one of XV230's crew at Airbase last week. They had made the visit to Coventry to look at XV232 to see what their son had flown in - it was the first time they had seen a Nimrod up close.
Good luck with the runs, I hope its well attended.
As mentioned above most of Sunday's efforts were centred around the Nimrod dedication. I've decided the dedication warrants it's own thread which will be up shortly, so this is just the (mostly) Victor update.
The morning was mostly taken with sorting tools. We had 2 toolboxes under the jet, each partly full with tools and partly full with the junk and crap that gathers in toolboxes! So we decided to consolidate all the tools in the one big trolley, where they will be safe, secure, dry and easy to find. That's the theory anyway..
We also did some jobs on the Houchin ground power unit, which has a working ammeter now, and clean gauges that are actually readable again!
Afternoon jobs included concluding the set-up of the HDU, and cycling the batteries on the jet.
Some pics of Lindy from during the 'rod's run.
Mal looking far too happy. We don't want any outbreaks of morale now, do we?!
We were supposed to get another Spitfire visit, however the weather put paid to that. However we did get a flypast...
As I have returned from MPA, I got to play out on sunday. With it being the dedication of XV250, I was pleased to be back in time for everything. Having known the crew of XV230 it ment a lot to me to be there.
As I arrived, I was greated with a lot of "who are you again" and "have you got a penguin for me" (good to see sense of humours are still there)
XV250 "Kimberly" was in gleaming condition, inside and out, after the efforts of the saturday. The Ordanance compartment, was filled with more lacons of general spares, 'c' stores, tools and more oil's. Being such an old and unique aircraft, the oils are hard to come by. Our resident scrounger has done us proud with what he has "Aquired", but he saved the best to last. I got handed a box of "Stuff" which happend to be a full set of engine adjustment tools, main wheel nut adapter and a nitrogen adapter!!!! (Thanks Del Boy)
The jet was open up for all ex Nimrod crew and the families of the victims of XV230 to have a tour, All were guided round the aircraft by the team of GNAT's (Geriatric Nimrod Aircrew Team) Led by Ken B. The reports back from all were all of praise, it seemed that everybody who visited enjoyed the tour and pleased that the Jet is kept in such good condition.
During this time the jet was completely set up for the EGR's. All the blanks removed, engine intake guards fitted and all the long leads set up and tested.
Then it was time for the service, the thread for the dedication and service can be found here, http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=111711
Once the service was over, and we got all the press off the aircraft, It was over to the aircrew for the runs. The Anti Det EGR's are normally carried out by us ground crew, but on this occasion it was decided that our aircrew team would carry out the run's, this would help keep them familiar with the FRC's and procedures for the taxi run's. As gound crew, we have our own checklist for ground running, which is taken from the engine starting and engine stopping Maintenance procedures (MP's) which differ slghtly from the Flight Reference Cards that the aircrew use.
All engines sparked up with no problems, and all the systems checked out. We now have a conditioning problem that requires some invest at the next run's. Other than that, Kim behaved very well and was put to bed.
We give many thanks to the fire crew at Elivington, without these guys, the runs could not go ahead. I hope that they continue to support us, Lindy and the other aircraft that are hopefully going to be running at Yorkshire Air Museum in the future. Thanks again.
I believe the next runs will be early october, updates will follow once we know the definate dates.
There's a correct tool for every job, called a hammer
The weekend saw Rich and I mustering on the Saturday to do some odd jobs and see a certain Tin Triangle fly. We were pleased to see on arrival that 2 of the Nimrod team were in too, busy with their pride and joy after her bit of fame last week.
The museum's flag carrier now it seems...
We all know the real flagship is Lindy of course!
We busied ourselves with some odd jobs on the Victor, and a bit of stores work. All then mustered on the Victor for the Vulcan
More pics here: http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/sho...d.php?t=111886
We were also buzzed by Chinooks all day, which was nice.
After a few more odd jobs and more putting the world to rights with the Nims, we departed. But not before witnessing Nimrod Mate doing a strange dance...
Sunday I was eventually allowed out to play, to find that Lindy had had a bit of a wash and spruce up, ground power was on, and Rick was busy rectifying the compasses. We leave him to play with the mysterious electric string, as he knows its ways...
I busied myself replacing some seals round the HDU. I was going to change the last remaining seal on the starboard wing, but the windy conditions precluded this. Safety first, and all that...
I won't be in next week as Mrs. Blue_2, Benyboy and I shall be off to Duxford.
Shameless scrounging time...
Has anybody got some of these instrument panel light holders spare they'd care to donate to a worthy cause? We're running a bit short on the Victor now, Ie. We've only one spare left.
Apologies for the poor quality photo
Very little positive to report from the V force's Elvington outpost, apart from the engines being given a blow over a couple of Sundays ago. And a big thankyou to Aeropark for the donation of panel lamp holders, many thanks mate! Other than the above there's no news I can currently share really. Keep visiting and posting though, nice to know we've got support out there!
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As Blue said things are quiet at the mo, we only did minor house keeping last week. However I had recently finished a Valiant for the cold war bomber thread over on UKAR. So for a bit of fun myself and blue brought our own V bomber collection down to say hello to Lindy.
1. 4 V bombers in one shot, just a pity 3 are 1/72! but still a nice sight
3. Blue's impressive Victor B2
5. Blue's other model 558.
7. It was time for a family portrait
9. The valiant sat on the entrance step inside Lindy
Victor K2 real combat jets have ejector seats!
Still very little to report, sadly we've been unable to run Lindy properly this year due to circumstances beyond our control, but rest assured she remains in good health and well loved by her team.
I'm prompted to update because I've just found some pics on my camera from the day Ian and I brought the mini V-force.
We also got a visit from something small, mean-spirited, and over-endowed in the teeth department:
We believe it's a Devil's coach-horse beetle. It actually made several attacking runs on us!
The will it/won't it repaint now won't be happening this year, as basically we've run out of time. Hopes are high for making progress early next year though.
We've also had a thorough stocktake and sorting out of the spares. We're reasonably well off for parts, so hopefully we're in a position to keep Lindy alive for a good long time yet. As ever though, if anyone finds anything of use to us, please let us know.
Some of us should be present and correct tomorrow, as usual; If you're visiting YAM come say hi!
Sorry to hear that but hopefully it is nothing mechanical that is causing the pause in running her??
"Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"
No Peter, it's certainly not a tech problem. As one of the 2 best maintained aircraft on site (I'd say the best but I'm biased!) she'd start on the button. If we were allowed to press said button...
Fairly busy day yesterday on site, with aircraft being chucked around left, right and centre ready for carefully slotting as many into the protection of the hangar for winter as possible. Last weekend Lindy was pushed out onto the airfield for a few hours while the 'puddle jumpers' were moved off the pan towards the hangar, so this weekend we decided to check all was well with the undercarriage as she's not been moved for a while sadly. As we expected there were a couple of minor leaks from a couple of the under-used seals, plus one brake pipe needed nipping up a little bit, but nothing major at all was found. Below, Rich cleans one of the maxaret tracks, one of those jobs which can't be done too many times!
After lunch we put ground power on the jet for an hour or so, to give everything a bit of exercise and drive out a bit of the inevitable damp that gathers in a jet living outside in the Great British Autumn. Below, Mad John the Wiggly-Amp wizard does his thing at Lindy's AEO panel!
Damn him and his fire warning test light trick!
After the mandatory Victor crew coffee and cake break we put the intake blanks back in a little better (being the soft blanks they tend to slump a bit), put the tyre covers back on and closed the old girl up for another week.
We were visited during the day by several persons taking a lot of interest taking great interest in the jet, indeed several people had journeyed just to see the jet. Shows what a draw the best of the 5 surviving Victors still has!
That's all for this week, I'd just like to add my thanks to Rich and John for their help yesterday with our visitors. I'd also like to echo the comments in the XL319 thread and wish Sven all the best in Wales. Lindy and the team will miss you too mate!
More next week.
Last edited by Blue_2; 31st October 2011 at 10:04. Reason: clarification
Indeed Rich, we're still plugging away. She really could do with a run, it's been far too long. It's quite amazing when you go round the drain points just how much water accumulates in an aircraft! Which Rich S. did on Sunday too, sorry forgot to mention that!
Would be good to see her get one more run in before the winter sets in though.
"Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"
Whats the story behind the no go on firing her up?
Proper planning and preparation prevents p*** poor performance
It'd be nice to get a run in this year Peter
I can't currently go into why/what/who has scuppered us from running unfortunately, much as I'd love to.
All I'll say is all of us on the Victor crew would love to see it resolved so we can get back to doing what we do best; looking after an almost unique survivor, preserving her as best we can and letting the public experience the jet live and up close.
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