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  • Nelsam
    Rank 4 Registered User
    • Oct 2013
    • 11

    North East Land, Sea And Aircraft Museum Diary

    In April 2013, the North East Aircraft Museum merged with the Military Vehicle Museum to form the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum - Nelsam for short.

    Since the merger, there has been dozens of improvements to the museum and we now encompass all forms of transport. We were joined by the North East Electric Traction Trust during 2013 and they moved their collection of Trams to the museum.

    This thread is to allow us to inform you of all the changes and our plans for the future and I hope to begin posting lots of good stuff here soon
  • Nelsam
    Rank 4 Registered User
    • Oct 2013
    • 11

    #2
    Just to get started, here's our Vulcan XL319 in her new colours.

    A small dedicated team led by Ian Rutter has been carrying out a major refurbishment with a paint job that is planned to last for several years and help slow the inevitable corrosion that afflicts all aircraft kept outside. We hope to get her under cover one day but that is going to cost a lot of money.

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    • Ant.H
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2000
      • 3065

      #3
      Wow, the Vulcan looks great! Thanks for keeping us up to date.
      "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky

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      • vultee35
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Mar 2005
        • 1747

        #4
        Assuming you will be holding the usual remembrance service in November, I hope be along in the new Jeep in a couple of weeks to see the progress.

        I've requested the old NEAM thread be locked now so that all future museum updates can be discussed here.
        Stephen Carr

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        • RPSmith
          ex Midland A.M. member
          • Mar 2005
          • 2908

          #5
          Originally posted by vultee35 View Post
          ......I've requested the old NEAM thread be locked now so that all future museum updates can be discussed here.
          Can the content from the old NEAM thread be transferred into this one??

          Roger Smith.
          A Blenheim, Beaufighter and Beaufort - together in one Museum. Who'd have thought that possible in 1967?

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          • Peter
            Moderator
            • Jan 2000
            • 12518

            #6
            The purpose and request for closure of the old thread is due to the Merger of the museum and new name. Merging the old thread with this one would defeat the purpose. The old thread will still remain viewable.
            Cheers,Peter
            "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"

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            • vultee35
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Mar 2005
              • 1747

              #7
              As with past years, NELSAM held a small Remembrance Service next to the memorial at what was RAF Usworth. I've tried to support this every year, usually taking one of my military vehicles along and spending a little in the museum shop. This year is was a clear, sunny day, which was surprisingly warm for November. There were a good couple of dozen people there, and a group of Brownies who were also visiting.







              The Vulcan repaint is on hold over the winter of course, but what has been done looks fantastic in the bright sun light. Members are being Health and Safety trained on working with elevated platforms, so the tail will be in reach of the paint brushes when the winter weather passes.

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              Stephen Carr

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              • vultee35
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2005
                • 1747

                #8
                The last time I looked inside the Trident, the cockpit and interior was looking great, having had a complete strip out and refurbish. Since my last visit, painting has begun on the outside of the fuselage, with the top and bottom painted, and it appears just the nose, cheat line and markings yet to apply.



                Externally, the tram shed extension is complete, and all but one narrow gauge tram now safe inside. There's still a third narrow gauge track to be laid inside, and then a final surface flooring added around the rails.

                The EE Lightning is also looking great out in the sun.



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                Stephen Carr

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                • Meddle
                  Rank Bajin.
                  • Sep 2014
                  • 1628

                  #9
                  The Vulcan looks very tidy! Is this the same aircraft that was cowped by the weight of snow a few years back?

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                  • vultee35
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Mar 2005
                    • 1747

                    #10
                    My Ford GPW was out for its third event this year since rebuild. Behind is a Trolley Bus belonging to the N.E. Electrical Traction trust. Behind that is the Pucara, briefly outdoors due to an event in the hangar over the weekend.



                    A view down the side of the Military Vehcile Collection building.



                    The Pucara, with some close up shots of several bullet/shrapnel holes, and also the rapidly applied camo, painted for its use in the Falklands conflict.

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                    Stephen Carr

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                    • vultee35
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Mar 2005
                      • 1747

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Meddle View Post
                      The Vulcan looks very tidy!
                      Yes, XL319 was the aircraft tipped by the snow.

                      Stephen Carr

                      Only dead fish swim with the stream.

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                      • Wyvernfan
                        wyvernfan@gmail.com
                        • Oct 2007
                        • 5904

                        #12
                        Good to see the exterior progress on the Trident and Vulcan. Any chance of some interior pics?


                        Rob
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                        • vultee35
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Mar 2005
                          • 1747

                          #13
                          I'll have to have a dig through my older pics. I know I had some Vulcan and Trident interior pics somewhere!
                          Stephen Carr

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                          • vultee35
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Mar 2005
                            • 1747

                            #14
                            I can't find any of my Vulcan interior shots, but here's the Trident from the middle of 2013, the most recent picture I could find in my backups.

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                            Stephen Carr

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                            • vultee35
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Mar 2005
                              • 1747

                              #15
                              I found the Vulcan cockpit shots, though these date back to January 2010, the day the aircraft was lowered back onto its wheels after the snow incident.









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                              Stephen Carr

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                              • Peter
                                Moderator
                                • Jan 2000
                                • 12518

                                #16
                                Vulcan is looking so much better now guy's well done!
                                Cheers,Peter
                                "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"

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                                • raflec
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Sep 2011
                                  • 18

                                  #17
                                  Apologies for my ignorance. Is this museum what was Sunderland aviation museum and if so is it all located in the same place or has it moved. Many thanks.

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                                  • Tin Triangle
                                    Bright Young Thing
                                    • Dec 2009
                                    • 1218

                                    #18
                                    Lightning does look great-but perhaps the Vulcan or Trident guys could spare 5 minutes from their (amazing!) work and paint some fin flashes?!

                                    raflec-Yes, it's the same museum, but they've just expanded their remit to include a bigger variety of transport machines
                                    Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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                                    • Wyvernfan
                                      wyvernfan@gmail.com
                                      • Oct 2007
                                      • 5904

                                      #19
                                      Thanks for the pics, Stephen. Never ceases to amaze me just what the Trident guys have and are achieving!


                                      Rob
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                                      • vultee35
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Mar 2005
                                        • 1747

                                        #20
                                        raflec; as TT said above, the museum has developed. What was the North East Aircraft Museum, has joined with the Newcastle Military Museum and the North East Electrical Traction Trust, all on the original NEAM site. They originally had three hangars; a large factory unit, a WW2 Naval Hangar ( I think ) and a Romney Hut. A new longer Romney was built for the Military vehicle collection in 2011, and an extension to the factory unit for the trams was externally completed this year.

                                        What was the entrance and shop in the main hangar, is now the 607 Squadron Exhibition and a re-created 1940's street. Two new portacabins form the new entrance, shop and tea/coffee room, and much of the area between all the hangars has been covered in tarmac to give better disabled access and dryer, cleaner walking areas for the public.

                                        Part of the 607 Sqdn Display


                                        They have a lot of stuff stored off site but even so, there's a great deal of equipment and artifacts in and around the aircraft, and they could really do with another building for storage and display.

                                        I must try and visit more often to bring more regular updates.
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                                        Stephen Carr

                                        Only dead fish swim with the stream.

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