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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2012, 08:25:33 PM »
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Certainly on a long head-on approach, the sound of the Griffons is somewhat eerie!
And well missed  :(  fond memorys of the good old airshows.... long gone
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2013, 01:15:05 PM »
Hi all,

I thought I'd put this in here, as I don't want to hijack your forums, and it seemed sensible to keep all the Shack info in one place.

The next ground run for WR963 is planned for the 9th February. There was to have been one this month (January), but the bad weather took a couple of weekends away from us. This weekend will see us checking through for moisture following the bad snows and subsequent melt; and doing a few minor maintenance items ready for the ground run.

We've got some appearances at shows booked with Norman Thelwell's Shackleton nose section, including East Kirkby, Cosford, Wellesbourne, Waddington, Dawlish, Yeovilton, and the IPMS Nationals at Telford to name a few. Plenty to keep us busy there and get people aware of what we're doing.

Don't forget - despite Airbase being closed you can still visit us and look around the Shackleton.


Regards,

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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2013, 05:39:42 PM »
Rich thanks for he update.

Don't forget your camera, would love to see some more photos.
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2013, 12:43:23 AM »
Will do. I'll see what I can get this weekend, as I usually end up a tad busy when we're running.
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2013, 08:13:55 PM »
Delegate someone to use the camera.....
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2013, 10:36:47 PM »
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Delegate someone to use the camera.....

He'll probably get his feet in the picture  :D
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2013, 08:09:03 PM »
Am learning.....

Hope the run goes well Rich
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2013, 09:10:50 PM »
2 Feb


WR963 has got through the recent cold snap quite well. No water ingress in the fuselage, no sign of it in the fuel tanks, and all the covers we managed to fit are present and correct. It was hoped we'd get plenty done on the aircraft today but efforts were stifled by the number of visitors we had - despite Airbase being closed, with careful management we can still allow people access to WR963 up close and personal.







There are other things needing doing around the place though that we could be getting on with. Part of that is looking in the archive for some drawings.



You can't see the other two walls, but they're floor to ceiling too with Shackleton drawings and AP's. This is not counting the contents of the 16 large boxes of drawings stored in the hangar, or the filing cabinets containing the mod lists. There's all kinds of things in there such as this:



There's lots more such as MOTU course notes and the like, pretty much everything covering operation of a Shackleton. We're sending a lot of this to Avro Heritage, so everone can make use of it in the future not just us. This lot deserves preservation in its own right.

However, we weren't just messing around in the archive. We have a mission... to find all the necessary drawings for lifed items. Included on that list are these rather large booms.





Wonder what they're for..?

Also nice to receive today was an email regarding the civil registration of the aircraft, which indicates that should be processed shortly.

More next week and the engine run.

Regards,

Rich
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2013, 10:05:15 AM »
Went to visit Dougal (WR960)at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry yesterday.

Glad you are keeping one alive :D
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2013, 02:13:29 PM »
Did you see the red mini Vulcan  avro 707A reg WZ736, in the same hall
I worked on this aircraft in 1956 at RAF Martlesham heath.
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2013, 05:25:45 PM »
Didn't get much chance to browse as we were with three granddaughters so a bit of a rush through :lol: We did however discover an Olympus 201!! Wonder what condition its in :lol:
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #26 on: February 04, 2013, 07:04:05 PM »
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Did you see the red mini Vulcan  avro 707A reg WZ736, in the same hall
I worked on this aircraft in 1956 at RAF Martlesham heath.
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I used to go to Martlesham Heath but a little after you worked there. It was in the 2000's for meetings with BT, it's a huge BT research centre and business park now.
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2013, 10:25:07 AM »
Update - Please welcome G - SKTN to the UK Register...

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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2013, 11:02:24 AM »
I really do wish the project well.... She is a fantastic old bird... Can't wait until she is growling around the sky..
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Re: Shackleton to the sky?
« Reply #29 on: February 05, 2013, 11:18:20 AM »
That was quick ! Great registration  :D
looks like saturday will be a little chilly, but will try to turn up for the engine run. Nothing like the Growler to brighten up a weekend ! (yes, yes, I know.....except for 558 on full chat  :lol: )
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