Hi Baz62. This is scratch built from limited dimensional information and photos (lots of them). I have am a "Sheddy" who believes if I can't get something make it! However its as close as I can get without spending lots of money on Plans.
In saying that, if anyone has clear pictures of the labels on the fuel shut off , Oxygen regulator, and radiator winding handle it would be appreciated. ;o)
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 8, 2014 16:07:48 GMT 12
That is a nice looking Vampire cockpit for sure. But I disagree with the statement on Trade me "Now the oldest Vampire Trainer World wide." It's not, it's merely a remnant. A bit. A severed part of a Vampire Trainer. Had it been preserved whole, you could claim that, but it's no longer a Vampire trainer. It's a cockpit, the Vampire is long dead. Like when they mount lions and elephant heads and stick them on the wall.
Yes I agree it's not complete but it is a large part of the Vampire and rather than "just the cockpit" its actually the entire pod, wings and tail booms would have it complete but the pod would have the data plate and that is it's identity not the wings nor tail booms. Most of the other cockpits have been cut from their original fuselage and those I agree are less of an aircraft but this is a potential starting point for someone. (Here you go Don, not a Skyhawk but it's an ex RNZAF jet!) It looks immaculate and has obviously had a lot of work done to her over the years.
Post by Richard Wesley on Jan 10, 2014 16:25:43 GMT 12
Wonderful looking piece of history that looks very complete. Thanks for pointing out. Pity about the price tag, I was comparing what similar money would get you on trademe in terms of complete airworthy aircraft.
I wonder what the international interest in something like this is? Certainly hope it stays in New Zealand and would be great to see it at an airshow or similar.
Also very interested to see the replica P40 wings, hadn't heard about that.
I purchased it from Terry Parker in July last year but delayed delivering it to the shipping agent until the beginning of October while I was waiting for some spares from Switzerland and around the U.K to join up with it.
Alan Allen (in the U.K) has been instrumental in me getting these spares, I owe him big time! Thanks Alan.
Delays around completing the export licence meant it didn’t leave U.K shores until just before Christmas.
The cockpit pod was built by Pilatus and is serial number S211.
Its Swiss Air Force number (J-17xx) is unknown. Unfortunately the identity plates giving this number and its F+W serial have been removed by someone prior to Terry purchasing it.
It was initially thought the Pilatus, F+W and SAF serial numbers were in sequence, which would’ve made it J-1712. However, there is evidence to suggest that this isn’t the case. Despite Terry’s best efforts over the years to contact various people and organisations to determine its SAF identity, it’s still unknown. Pilatus no longer has records relating to this either.
It does have 2 panels from J-1711 fitted, which may be its true identity, or simply parts that have been replaced after decommissioning. It also has parts from J-1545 & J-1590 fitted as well.
What is known, is that once it was decommissioned, the cockpit was owned by a Swiss air force pilot and it was made into a homemade flight simulator for his children. At one stage the cockpit was mounted on a 2 axis gimbal that has since been removed.
It could be one of approximately 60 Swiss FB54 Venom identities whose current location/fate is largely unknown. A lot went to private collectors in Switzerland and are probably hidden away in sheds and garages.
There are still a few items in here that are needed or need changing, some of which I now have. A new addition that I got from Switzerland is the LAR S-107 bombsite (fitted to the left of the MK4 GGS). The FB50R recon version is even more cluttered with a periscope arrangement coming up from the floor on the R/H side with an eye piece staring you in the face.
Externally it’s in need of a repaint/fabric replacement.
The nose compartment has had all of its Swiss equipment removed; I would really like to get the mount frame, gun camera, IFF transponder and UHF units that go in there.
I now have some of the nose leg components for the project and once a support frame is made for the rear of the pod, it will be removed from the trailer.
Terry could have easily sold the cockpit to a U.K buyer who would’ve collected it from his door. But, he kindly agreed to deal with the U.K shipping agent and drive it 4 hours to the shipping depot. Thanks Terry.
Last month I acquired a pair of wing stubs, cut outboard of the main gear castings from the damaged wings off J-1634/VNM1. These will require a lot of work to get them to display standard.
My original FB50 Venom panel marked with the fictitious call sign of J-1651 and FB54 throttle quadrant. I might construct a section of cockpit at some stage to display it in along with a spare Swiss nose cone I have.
These projects should keep me busy for a while.
A- It's twice the distance from one end to the centre.
Awesome score Jason. Glad to see its not just Anthony and I bringing bits of old aeroplanes into the country!! That looks in great condition and such a shame someone has made off with the data plates. Would love to check it out one day. Whereabouts are you?
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.