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Engineering / Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« on: November 30, 2018, 04:32:14 PM »
At the IBBC Lincoln on Saturday 3rd we were told to expect some good news 'soon'.

Engineering / Re: Geoffrey Wellum
« on: July 26, 2018, 12:48:47 PM »

Enjoy your flight - Duxford I hope?

Yes, Duxford - weather permitting!  Ironically the place where Wellum first flew a Spitfire.

Engineering / Geoffrey Wellum
« on: July 20, 2018, 11:27:58 AM »
Died on Wednesday shortly before his 97th birthday.  As well as being one of the heroes of the Battle of Britain - the youngest pilot, and the defence of Malta, he had a great way with words.  My wife bought me his memoir First Light some years ago, I simply couldn't put it down, and have re-read it several times since.  His description of searching for a Bomber over the North Sea in almost zero visibility, and being guided by radar back to base at night at the very edge of radio range, and flying off a carrier at the very limit of what was possible are simply astonishing.  But by far the most evocative section for me is the description of his first flight in a Spitfire.  That was what started me looking into 2-seat Spitfires, before 'paying passengers' were accepted, which seemed an impossible dream.  But now it's a reality, and with good weather and serviceability, I should be getting mine next week.

Of the many obituaries online The Independant's is one of the better ones it includes sections of an interview he gave them when his book was published in 2002 -

Even if you have seen the BBC film of the same name (also on YouTube), I can't recommend the book highly enough.

I came across The Vulcan Story 1993 yesterday, which starts with the purchase by the Waltons, but is largely about the design, build and testing by the people involved - all very interesting.  Also a section about XM605 and the preservation work they were doing, during which they say how difficult it is to keep aircraft systems working once it is kept outside, and struggling with things like a completely seized engine.

Aviation Waffle / Wellesbourne and XM655
« on: July 02, 2018, 03:17:15 PM »
VTTS Newsletter 29th July:

On Monday this week Judge Richard Hayden Williams has ruled in favour of the airfield owners over the dispute associated with ending of current tenancies. In an effort to secure their futures at the site, businesses had applied to extend their leases at the airfield, but Monday’s ruling stated that new leases will not be issued

Vulcan XM655 is maintained by the 655 Maintenance and Preservation Group. The Airfield owns XM655. 655 MaPS are only custodians and thus are reluctant to comment given the current situation.

The landlord, Littler Investments, have stated that they wish to work with the current tenants to enable them to relocate before the three month deadline of 15th October this year.

What chance relocating XM655, I wonder!

Reports elsewhere of a court case planned for 1st May 2018, but nothing else I have found on an outcome.

Aviation Waffle / Bill Ramsey and XH558
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:51:50 PM »
Came across this brilliant interview and photos on the Mosquito site:

Apologies if it has been posted before.

Aviation Waffle / Re: R.A.F. 100 Aircraft Flypast
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:40:07 AM »
With the few of us left on this forum I actually doubted we'd get that comment.

Not quite the same as the Queen's Silver Jubilee.  I've seen a list somewhere, I seem to remember around that number of DIFFERENT aircraft, and only one not designed and/or built in Britain.

Engineering / Irony?
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:40:45 PM »
Polaris-equipped submarines led to the demise of the V-Force as they can skulk about out of sight.  But in the recent attack on Syria HMS Astute was apparently unable to launch any missiles for fear of revealing its position and aircraft were used instead.

Aviation Waffle / Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
« on: January 14, 2018, 10:25:29 AM »
Looks like no Wings and Wheels for 2018 either.  Local paper item implies that the owners of the airfield are not allowing it - confirmed on, which may well be a deliberate attempt to starve them of funding and so kill 655.

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Comments on the new hangar plans!
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:37:18 PM »
So is this The Vulcan Aviation Academy and Heritage Centre of 2015?  ETNA?  Or the interim hanger of 2017?

My understanding with the interim is that it would be funded by the developers and leased by the trust.  This seems to be dependant on the Trust raining £3M.

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Funding the new hangar - how?
« on: October 12, 2017, 03:36:20 PM »

"What's costs associated with the new hanger is the trust paying for?

"The Trust cannot afford to pay anything for the development of the new hangar; initial planning work is being performed pro bono by a number of firms, the costs of construction will be an investment by a developer, who will then lease it to the Trust. Supportive contractors are offering their services at cost, significantly reducing the capital required."

As I understand it this refers to the temporary hangar in the planning application.  If they still need an investor for that then I can't see anything happening.

It was mentioned on this thread...  ;D

"The topic or board you are looking for appears to be either missing or off limits to you."

A brief glimpse in the opening minutes, flying overhead, in anti-flash white, with very large 'XH558' under each wing.  One comment elsewhere that it was a large RC model, although videos of that (those?) don't have the designation under the wings.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: August 09, 2017, 11:29:43 AM »
It begs the question as to why the Trust retained the stamps ...

Why wouldn't they?  It only contains a number, and that number could easily be assigned to a new member - if one were ever employed, the surname is written under the stamp at all times so it should be clear who the stamp refers to.  Doesn't seem much point in scrapping the stamp then needing to have a new one made.  Remember these procedures were laid down years ago, they are not just since the end of flight.  And as I was told when I was there after the final flight they were continuing with all the processes and procedures, which themselves date from RAF days, for the same reason that men have nipples - "Just in case".

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: August 07, 2017, 11:36:57 AM »

I'm no expert, but is it really just a "stamp" that certifies work on aircraft?

The stamp is effectively the signature of the engineers who carry out the work and inspected it as they include a unique number that relates to the person involved, together with him writing his surname in capitals, if the copies of the job sheets I have from a day spent working on 558 are anything to go by.  As such there would have to be a record of who that stamp number applies to, and one would expect that record to be updated when an engineer moves on, or the stamp destroyed and new ones created for engineers joining.  Without that, anyone could use an 'old' stamp and write the name of the previous engineer.  However as those 'signatures' are also dated, and presumably (surely!) the dates people leave are recorded, it wouldn't take much to bring to light fraudulent use in the event of a problem and subsequent investigation.

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