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Engineering / Time lapse of wing leading edge mod.
« on: December 16, 2013, 10:53:33 PM »
I've got a new toy!

I love all those time lapse films you get on the telly and you tube so I bought myself a little gizmo to take thousands of pictures.  Then I bought a spare battery for the camera as it turns out if you leave the camera running all day the things eats electricity!

So far I've got over 12,000 pictures (mostly of not very much going on!)

Some interesting experiments with the light in the hangar as well.

Any way the idea is I will be able to do a timelapse of Mod 2221 as it is completed.

Fonseca has kindly agreed to edit the pictures for me.  Here is the results of the first batch (where something did happen) posted by Ian onto u-tube.

I see the trolls have already had a go - play nicely when you reply!  By the way who are "the owners" (post No.5)

Aviation Waffle / UK AR** @ it again
« on: November 28, 2013, 09:12:20 PM »

Must have been a slow news day over there.

3 pages yesterday with some belting comments - one poster did not realise that the mod would extend the fatigue life (proper "aviation enthusiast" there) - why did he think we were going to modify the jet?

See "dano" has stopped slaggaing off Dr. Plemming and Sean Maffet and has now moved onto Martin.

Fair play to Gregg and Clive for holding our end up - I think I'd have got bored of it by now.

I wonder why I bother  :(

Ways To Raise Funding / Text donate number not working?
« on: May 29, 2013, 04:35:43 PM »
I just tried to donate £5 via the text donate number from the news letter (70070) and have got the reply "Sorry we can't recognise that code. Please check the correct format and try again.

I've used the same format as before  :?

Anyone else had any problems?

The number is also used by another charity (who I have also donated to) in Southampton.

Aviation Waffle / DH 98 Mosquito in America
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:55:34 PM »
The mosquito which was rebuilt in New Zealand has been shipped to America and made her first flight there yesterday. ... _238859477

one more thing to add to the "todo" list when I win the lottery.

There was another thread on this during the restoration, but I can't seem to find it.

I have copied this from the "Iconic" forum


Yet again another airfield is under threat because of a proposed development that includes 99 houses being built on the extended centreline to RWY36/18. Full details are available by following the link below...

To object to the proposal please go to, type in the application number which is 13/00510/OUT click "search" and click on the comment button. There is no requirement to set up a user name and password.

Wellesbourne airfield needs your help and time is running out. The closing date for objections is Tuesday 09/04/2013.

The more people that object the better the chances of stopping this stupid proposal - even though commonsense doesn't count for much in the crazy new world of government planning policy.

Thank you,

Charles Brimson
Chairman 655MaPS
Wellesbourne Airfield

655 at Wellesbourne is used by the trust aircrew as part of their work up for the flying season.

Some suggested objections (also copied from "Iconic")

The application does not even mention the close proximity of the housing to the active runway, although it is clearly material.
It is so close to the extended centre line that the residents would be affected by arrivals and departures with the associated inevitable noise, there being no room so close to the end of the runway for noise abatement procedures.
The development is underneath the busy helicopter route to the south east.
If the application was to succeed it is inevitable that in time restrictions would be made to flying activity following complaints by those people stupid enough to buy a house within a few hundred feet of the end of a busy runway.
This historic wartime, family run, airfield is regarded highly by the general aviation world and its demise would be catastrophic.
A large number of aviation businesses depend on the airfield for their survival as well as the Café, Ambulance service. XM655 MaPS, Museum and all the subsequent employees.

Aviation Waffle / Mags, saw this and thought of you!
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:41:32 PM »
I was watching the tube this evening and found this.

I searched "Nimrod" as it was one of my Grandfathers favorite bits of music.

I watched this particular clip for the "gliders" in the title.

I thought of Mags for the wave, the ridge and the ASW 20.

Hope you all enjoy as much as I did.

Engineering / She bit me again!!!
« on: February 06, 2013, 08:53:04 PM »
I was removing the locking wire from some pipework in the nose undercarrige bay (so we could blank the pipes off for a leak check)

I was extracting the Michael from Ray, who was removing some panels from the RAT bay to examine some more pipework - another part of the same test/inspection.  He was struggling and had taken a fair bit of skin off his knuckles.

I was so busy giggling at the curses coming from the hole next door I stopped paying attention - the next thing I know is the burning sensation on the end of my finger and lots of red liquid all over the outside of the pipe  :(

So she has bitten me (and Ray) again....

Aviation Waffle / Shackleton to the sky?
« on: December 16, 2012, 06:38:26 PM »
I went over to Coventry yesterday afternoon to watch the last anti-det run for the Shackleton.

During the briefing before the run the trustees announced that they intend to try and return the aircraft to flight  :D

I am sure that we will all wish them the best of luck with this project and hope to see WR 963 back in her natural environment soon.

I had a good look around and was lucky enough to have a long chat with a couple of the trustees, I was very impressed with what I heard and saw.

While it will undoubtedly be a huge challenge this is just as doable as creating a Mosquito from a data plate and a box of matches - or even getting a Vulcan flying after it was grounded for years.

There will be a huge fundraising campaign to support and I for one will be right behind them  :D

Good luck, The Shackleton Preservation Trust  :D

Engineering / 35 years ago today
« on: December 13, 2012, 03:46:51 PM »
A very small young lad sat on a train that took him a lot further North than he had ever been before in his life.

At the start of a very slippery slope that left him as the very last Vulcan rigger in the world!

God I'm feeling old.  ;)

Engineering / A huge thank you
« on: April 27, 2012, 12:20:32 AM »
Just like to say thank you very much to all of you.

Without your pounds and pennies we could not have done it.

Especially Without your help with "polishing" we could not have done it.  No names, no pack drill, you know who you are.  I know you've had a great time and you know you've had a good time helping but I would like to say without you we would have not been able to do it.

A good friend of mine sent me this today, I hope she does not mind me posting it here.

[attachment=0:124aaiff]Jim Callow wet.jpg[/attachment:124aaiff]

Must say that today was one of the biggest "highs" I have ever had.  Today and that picture was all our own work  :D

Finally I would like to say thank you for the Jaffa cakes as without them we would definitely not have been able to do it!

Aviation Waffle / What would you like to see on the display circuit?
« on: December 19, 2011, 11:50:54 PM »
Out of interest, given that money is no object.  What would you like to see around at airshows?

My personal favourite at the moment is the Sea Vixen (especially the way it was being displayed two years ago)

Oh and Spitfires and Hurricanes plus the Blenheim.

A Phantom would be cool, but I don't remember it being a very impressive display.  Tornado was always poor (lots of noise but very wide)  F16 is great but still plenty about.

Something big?  An Atlantique? or Herc? (Comet would be great)  I saw a Dc3/Dakota being thrown around at Kemble and it was the business!

Unusual?  A Ganett perhaps?  Rotary wing, like a Belvedere?  Or a Rotodyne!

If 558 is not around, what would draw you into an airshow?

Any answer that mentions Mr. Rummens, Vulcans and Roly Falk will be removed by the moderators! :D

Aviation Waffle / Red Arrows crash in bournemouth
« on: August 20, 2011, 02:19:19 PM »
Just heard on the radio that one of the Reds has crashed outside Bournemouth airport.

Hope the pilot got out ok.

Ways To Raise Funding / Sponsor an engineer?
« on: July 14, 2011, 07:55:54 PM »
I had this sort of idea.

It would be nice if I could get enough people to sign up to the standing order scheme to pay for the wages of an engineer.

I have had some forms sent to me by Sue in the office and now just need to promote the idea and get some folk to sign up.

I like the standing order scheme and was one of the first to sign up to it, though unfortunately I have recentley had to reduce my commitment.  As was stated the scheme allows us to budget much more effectively as it gives us a steady income stream.

If you feel like you would like to "sponsor an engineer" and you see me at the various shows I should have some forms with me.

I should point out this is my idea and nothing to do with any of the other schemes, though obviously any money raised goes into the pot so it could just as easily be going to pay for Hangar rent, fuel, tyres or any of the other things we spend your money on.

Hope to bump into some of you over the weekend.


Engineering / Waddington airshow
« on: July 04, 2011, 06:06:23 PM »
Just back from a cracking four days at Waddington.

Fantastic to meet so many people who were happy to see us (unlike my last visit)

Two good displays with my first time solo as the chief :D  You can not believe how hot it is up on the flight deck when strapping in/out. :D  Thanks very much Taff for trusting me with your jet!

A couple of snags found on the A/F sorted out with spares from the fly away pack.

Most of the crew had gone home by Sunday evening so I went to the wind down party with Taff and Toni with POd turning up a bit later, lost count of the number of people who thought we were the stars of the show (lucky there are big doors on the tent.)

It was great to see Sally B flying (first time I have ever seen her in the air) and the Bronco was great on the Saturday.  Really good display from BBMF (what I saw of it as I was a bit busy at the time)  The Hunters are terrific and have the blue note off to a tee.

Really good weekend, great to meet so many club members and forum people.  Thank you very much to all the people who helped out on the village (and the hamlet, sorry I did not get down to see you all down there)

I have not got any pictures to post (plus I think others have done the subject justice by now)

Thanks very much to everyone who made the show run so well.

Aviation Waffle / Iconic aircraft forum
« on: May 30, 2011, 12:42:57 PM »
Just popped over to Iconic to see what they had to say about yesterday and I have found you need to be logged to access that forum.

Interesting that you do not need to be "logged on" to view any other forums on iconic.

Just curious to know why they feel they need to make it a "members only forum"

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