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September/October Update

Story added on 27th October 2014

Firstly a quick reminder of the Model Show held at the museum on the Sunday 7th December starting at 10:00 AM lots of traders and although we cant say what the weather will be its all under cover. Also it might be prudent to mention that we are closed on the 24th December, just to save any dissapointment to visitors. So if your intending to buy that certain special person a model from our extensive range, do it early

A very busy summer season for us this year with numbers significantly up from the last few years especially the group visit numbers. All this despite the huge 5 year planned road works that are engulfing the local area. It is certainly disrupting the lives of the museum staff and volunteers if not the visitors.

We have had this years AGM and it confirmed that we are a healthy and thriving outfit. Always nice to know and it is no secret that we have renewed the lease of the site for a long time. In fact a lot of those who are so activily enganged in restoration at present will probably not be around when the next renewal is due. Sad though that may be it is very satisfying just knowing that what you are doing will be enjoyed by generations to follow, after all that is one of the reasons why we do it.

The Tornado is just a few panels away from being a complete airframe and is now in a fit state to be moved should the need arise. The attention will then focus on getting the cockpits looking the part with instrumentation etc.

Not a lot has been said in the recent news about the Viscount. It is now playing an important role on special occasions with the guides manning the aircraft and showing what a real 1950s airliner looked like. All of those seats and the dampness means that the de-humidifier is working everyday to keep it nice and fresh.

Those of you who read Flypast will have noticed that in the November issue the Canberra and Phantom are featured in an article about the museum all good publicity and has resulted in at least one pilot turning up sans logbook to show when he flew our Canberra. The flares are being constructed and the photos show a little of the inivotive construction used. Explanations are not required except that air con pipe and traffic cones play a large part. They will soon be mounted on the original Flare Carrier used by the Canberra PR fleet and displayed alongside WF922. As you can imagine they are a great deal lighter than the original but unless you get very close are indistinguishible.

Flare construction 1 flare spinner

flare 2 finished flare

July/August Update

Well the summer holidays are almost over and as usual the best of the weather seems to be still to come. No complaints though as the museum has been extremely busy this summer with the guides pushed to the limit. The weather as usual has played a big part in the summer maintenance programme, it really can get too hot to paint on some days and sitting on the aircraft trying to paint and not get burnt in the process is difficult. Lots of fun moving the Hunter in to a new position between the Javelin and the Argosy. The aircraft hasnt been moved for well over 20 years and after some preparation and an initial tug it all went very smoothly considering the brake units are still in situ.

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June Update

June saw the summer Model show come and go, not without a great deal of effort it has to be recorded as it seems we are getting very tight for space again and to clear the Robin Hanger is no mean task. Every one chipped in and moved what seemed like a mountain of aircraft first out and then back in again. Not only aircraft but missiles, bombs and a whole range of support equipment had to be shuffled around.

Now to the aircraft that are undergoing repaint. The Phantom is beginning to look aggresive again and the team are gradually finding the time to put some paint back on the airframe and it must be around 50% complete. As with most aircraft they are much larger when you get up close and personal so given the other commitments in June they are doing very well.

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