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Decompression Handle
« on: January 27, 2014, 09:13:45 PM »
Another question, never noticed this handle until last Saturday.
Under what circumstances would you need a 'Cabin Decompression Handle'?

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Re: Decompression Handle
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 10:26:10 PM »
Prior to dumping the backseats out the hatch. (Obviously not if the frontseats beat them to it)

Post curry night in the mess. (At this point I wish I was a cartoonist)

Prior/post to doing sniffer missions through Russian nuke test clouds.

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Re: Decompression Handle
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 10:50:16 PM »
Prior to dumping the backseats out the hatch. (Obviously not if the frontseats beat them to it)

Post curry night in the mess. (At this point I wish I was a cartoonist)

Prior/post to doing sniffer missions through Russian nuke test clouds.

Did the seats themselves go out of the hatch? I always tell people that the seats are swivelled and the crew then have to use the release handle for the hatch and jump for it!
I like the vision of the handle being used after a curry night in the mess!! When I get questions about the food/can heaters I use examples such as 'Tins of soup, or beans - Oh, on second thoughts you don't want to be eating beans in here!'. Usually gets a laugh!

I have also been asked 'Where are the toilets, to which my reply is 'TOILETS! This is a MANS war machine, they didn't have toilets!' and then explain about the chrome and rubber tubes going down into a bladder.

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Re: Decompression Handle
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 10:56:07 PM »
Post curry night in the mess. (At this point I wish I was a cartoonist)

Giggle - sounds like one for me >:D

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Re: Decompression Handle
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 11:00:23 PM »
David - No the seats stayed with the AC, should have said seaters instead of seats.  :-[ What happened to your gauges, you could grow things in some of those.

Hi Mags - I was just thinking of you picking up on that as I was writing it - I must be physic or something.  >:D
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Re: Decompression Handle
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 08:42:07 AM »
That crud in the dials is water damage. I've tried to seal around the cockpit canopy and windows but very difficult with the weather we've been having over the past few months and lack of suitable high ladders.
There's going to be some work done at the museum, putting up GAC aircraft shapes on the outside walls, and I am hoping to pinch the cherry picker for a couple of hours to get up there to do it.
When I was doing tours on Saturday there was a particularly heavy storm and the water was almost pouring down the co-pilots side, wasn't too good on the 1st pilots side either but it was on the sheltered side. I've got a lot of sealing to do!

I tried a two stage ladder but it wasn't high enough. Got some funny looks when I was taking them to the musuem!!


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Re: Decompression Handle
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2014, 06:56:30 PM »
It still looks like it crashed through the side of the building.........  ;D

Our XH537 - down here in Bournemouth is in need of a wash and scrub too. We can't get a cherry picker all the way round her, due to her being up against a hedge  :( . Health and safety may have to go out the window and someone actually climb onto the cockpit....
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Re: Decompression Handle
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2014, 12:22:45 PM »
It still looks like it crashed through the side of the building.........  ;D

Our XH537 - down here in Bournemouth is in need of a wash and scrub too. We can't get a cherry picker all the way round her, due to her being up against a hedge  :( . Health and safety may have to go out the window and someone actually climb onto the cockpit....


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Re: Decompression Handle
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2014, 05:25:01 PM »
Just wondering could you not get a canopy cover made and fitted similiar to what the XL426 group use?

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Re: Decompression Handle
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2014, 07:01:09 PM »
Just wondering could you not get a canopy cover made and fitted similiar to what the XL426 group use?

Could do and I contacted Cover Systems about it as someone from the Museum is getting a cover made for the Harrier cockpit we've got.
Problem is the the method of fitting it, very dangerous as we don't have a cherry picker or suitable system for getting on top of the cockpit.
We are going to get something so we can do sealant all around the canopy but I don't think we can justify a cherry picker purchase.
We are going to have to paint the exterior as well when the weather picks up as there is flaking where some of the silver paint was left on.
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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2014, 07:52:16 PM »
A cherry picker?

All you need is a two liter water bottle, a ball of  string and a strong arm  ;)
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Re: Decompression Handle
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2014, 05:28:11 PM »
A cherry picker?

All you need is a two liter water bottle, a ball of  string and a strong arm  ;)

Believe it or not you've got me thinking now!
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