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Title: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: PA28 on April 25, 2012, 02:12:50 PM
Subject to the usual caveats of weather and technical conditions.

See full story here: http://www.vulcantothesky.org/news/337/ ... XH558.html (http://www.vulcantothesky.org/news/337/82/Planned-test-flight-for-XH558.html)
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: Gregg on April 25, 2012, 05:08:17 PM
That's no good, I've a dentist appointment that day. You're going to have to change it :D
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: djrose007 on April 25, 2012, 06:13:47 PM
Weather and serviceability permitting will she still overfly at Newark for the V-Force reunion?
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: brains_mt on April 25, 2012, 06:35:29 PM
Why? Are you coming? :D
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: planenut on April 25, 2012, 06:38:22 PM
Quote from: "Gregg"
That's no good, I've a dentist appointment that day. You're going to have to change it :D

Is that a caveat for a cavity?

Enjoy the day team and thank you all!
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: Landyman on April 25, 2012, 06:58:02 PM
Hope Twitter will be up and running.

Best of luck to the crew, hope all goes well.

Landyman.
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: Bryank on April 25, 2012, 07:44:23 PM
Good luck for a safe and successful test flight!

Huge HUGE thanks to everyone involved at all levels and looking forward to the best Vulcan year yet.

See you at the shows  :)

Bryan & Mags
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: Smudger565 on April 25, 2012, 08:46:02 PM
Good luck  :D  :D  :D

To all both aircrews tomorrow & well done to the ground crew, painters & all who have work so hard to get her to this point & beyond.

I wish I lived closer to see her fly (lots of photo's please)

PS
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: djrose007 on April 25, 2012, 08:50:04 PM
Quote from: "brains_mt"
Why? Are you coming? :D

Yes, I'll be there (Newark on Saturday) and for the buffet in the evening.
I don't think we've actually met! I'll wear my 'Volunteer' badge although I'll be off duty and attending as a member of HQ Bomber Command staff (Signals in the 'hole' at High Wycombe). I left in July (posted to RAF Masirah http://raf-masirah.weebly.com/) just a couple of months after it became HQ Strike Command on 30 April 1968.
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: Topsy on April 25, 2012, 08:54:23 PM
Good luck to all. I take it they haven't painted the wings yet then?
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: MikeC on April 25, 2012, 09:02:07 PM
All the best to all concerned for the flight. Just hope there is a decent break in the weather.
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: johnri on April 25, 2012, 09:10:03 PM
The Web page announcement say's this. ??????

Thursday 26th May
SUBJECT TO WEATHER AND TECHNICAL CONDITIONS
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: brains_mt on April 25, 2012, 09:25:47 PM
It is definitely tomorrow April 26th

I have emailed Ian to let him know.
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: johnri on April 25, 2012, 09:30:51 PM
Quote from: "brains_mt"
It is definitely tomorrow April 26th

I have emailed Ian to let him know.

Thanks Jane.

JR
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: johnjosh43 on April 26, 2012, 09:28:20 AM
She looked in pretty decent mechanical nick last night after we'd stripped the last of the masking tape off her. Anyone got a left thumb to replace my rather sore one.
The crew were there doing their escape training & she'd had a full power engine run the day before. Word was that it'll probably be after lunch if weather permits.
Good luck with the weather guys.
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: PA28 on April 26, 2012, 09:53:25 AM
Sorry folks, it was corrected but not applied due to a time-out. Press f5 and it should clear your browser to the correct info!

Thinking ahead you see!

Ian
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: StAthan lecky on April 26, 2012, 09:54:45 AM
Quote from: "Topsy"
Good luck to all. I take it they haven't painted the wings yet then?

The plan was to paint the wings yesterday (Wednesday) however time constraints meant that this has now been delayed until next week or so I was told yesterday by Sam,this has meant that all the masking tape on the wings has had to be removed for todays flight and will have to be re-applied next week by the hard pressed painter,I will post a few pictures from yesterday in the "photo thread" later on showing Sean and John removing the tape.

 :)

Mike
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: Gerald the Herald on April 26, 2012, 12:39:09 PM
Just come from Robin hood its all very quiet though, but being a new club member was'nt sure which hangar to look in.
Parked up at the end of the road for a while facing the BAE hangar.
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: Gully on April 26, 2012, 01:56:53 PM
Quote from: "Gerald the Herald"
Just come from Robin hood its all very quiet though, but being a new club member was'nt sure which hangar to look in.
Parked up at the end of the road for a while facing the BAE hangar.

'558's in t'other end of Hangar 3...

Gully
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: jocelyn on April 26, 2012, 02:37:56 PM
Who is on Twitter today ????  Quiet doesnt begin to cover it  :cry:
SIGH  :(
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: deeleyt on April 26, 2012, 02:53:29 PM
Can't find anywhere to connect the Morse key .... .- / .... .- / .... .-/ -...-
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: MrTim on April 26, 2012, 02:58:04 PM
Well I suspect there is nothing more to say than 'On hold due to weather'. I'm sure it will be updated if and when something actually happens.

Occasional showers up here in Sherburn, but no worse than Fairford '09, so still hopeful :)
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: jocelyn on April 26, 2012, 03:07:02 PM
Fingers crossed but its getting late and the radar pic isnt promising  :(
Feel sorry for the people on the lane. Here is a fundraising idea, tea trolley just for such occasions, VTTS painted, you d make a mint, even if people already had a flask :lol:
and as for Twitter, methinks the odd reminder, even if there is nothing new, does work wonders  :)
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: MrTim on April 26, 2012, 03:26:05 PM
According to Facebook 'Met Office forecast suggests she could be up around 16:00 but they will go earlier if possible.'  So basically much the same - who knows...

Regarding fundraising on the lane (as I have done it), bucket rattling could bring in a few hundred quid or so on a really good day, but often it's a lot of the same people there, so donations inevitably drop off.  Admittedly it's very worthwhile, but it's a bit of a myth that you'd make a mint.  No doubt we'll be there many times this year, but it's not possible for the volunteers to do every flight.  Not sure if anyone is there today.

As for tea & coffee, we'd probably need a food hygiene certificate and appropriate training, as well as a hi-viz jacket, safely disclaimer notice and risk assessment (tongue-in-cheek for those who take stuff  literally).  Would be good to be able to sell a few goodies though.
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: jocelyn on April 26, 2012, 03:35:52 PM
That FB statement has been out a while, at odds with Twitter, people are rathe confused. As for the lane, dont think anybody is bucket rattling today, but will be on saturday if she flies. Dont worry, also tongue in cheek re.tea trolley  :lol:
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: sickbag_andy on April 26, 2012, 03:58:52 PM
Quote from: "jocelyn"
That FB statement has been out a while, at odds with Twitter, people are rathe confused. As for the lane, dont think anybody is bucket rattling today, but will be on saturday if she flies. Dont worry, also tongue in cheek re.tea trolley  :lol:


okay - here's a serious suggestion, if there are days when there are to be multiple take offs and landings  - I know it doesnt happen very often but I think last year there were days with 2 or 3 flights for various reasons, would it be possible to get permission to set up a small club sales stand for a few hours? If members are there to watch the action then maybe they could assist.

knock it down if you wish, i wont be offended as i dont know what logistics are involved or who's land it is
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: MrTim on April 26, 2012, 04:27:56 PM
Quote from: "Twitter"
Today's crew are Paul Mulcahy(CAA), Kev Rumens with Barry Masefield and Phil Davies in the rear 'office'
Quote from: "Twitter"
Outside checks complete, crewing in..
Sounds promising.
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: Gully on April 26, 2012, 04:28:26 PM
Twitter's been working for me all afternoon?

Sounds like a weather window has opened...  :)

Gully
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: MrTim on April 26, 2012, 04:41:02 PM
Cloud has lifted a bit over Church Fenton so making my way over there shortly just on the off-chance.
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: Wizzy on April 26, 2012, 06:25:25 PM
Following the progress via Twitter from our hotel room in Rome. Typical - first time this year I've been away from York and the test flight happens!!

Fingers crossed all goes well. :D
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: brains_mt on April 26, 2012, 06:32:40 PM
Overhead Newark a few minutes ago
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: MT Vessel on April 26, 2012, 06:44:27 PM
Just watched her playing at Waddo
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: djrose007 on April 26, 2012, 07:16:37 PM
Well done everyone, ground crew have done an incredible job over the past few months.
Just been folloiwng it on Twitter.
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: ian livingstone on April 26, 2012, 09:17:51 PM
Fantastic job everyone.  Good to hear she's taken to the skies for the first time in 2012, and twice in one day!
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: wizzkid on April 27, 2012, 10:58:15 AM
My Son rang me at 5.30 yesterday while he was watching her overhead at Sleaford.  :x  Never mind.  It was gladdenig to know she was in the air again and look forward to seeing her sometime during the season. :D  :D
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: yfo866 on April 27, 2012, 08:35:35 PM
The suspense is  ki l l i n g  me!
Did she take to the skies? Or did she shudder and back up when the hangar doors opened to reveal the crappy rain?

Is there any truth to the rumour that she will be doing a flyby over the National Memeorial Arboretum 20th may for the Falklands Memorail?
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: yfo866 on April 27, 2012, 08:43:31 PM
Feel a little foolish now i have spotted the other two pages...

Glad to hear she made it into the air.

I've not seen a Vulcan fly since i was a kid in the 70s. Can't wait to relive the experience!!!
Title: Re: Test Flight - planned for Thursday 26th
Post by: wizzkid on April 29, 2012, 04:28:52 PM
On Sturday 28 at 2.25 I walked out of my back door to wash some brushes, and she flew right over my back garden on her way to Waddington just up the hill fro me. :D  :D  :D Used to get this all the time when the fleet was active.  Great to see her.