AHHH thanks chaps. That would make it very difficult indeed. Although they could put a couple of very large speakers in the "gap" copy the sound then turn it up. Only problem would be the lack of hot air out the pipe.
The crew are having a great time getting on with these projects and appreciate everyone's encouragement and assistance too.
The Macchi is a pristine item we are certainly proud of getting to this stage - so a full strip and check will be carried out in the near future, once the Avenger has been painted and moved to the main hangar for display.
Anyone know where we can find a serviceable P&W J52?
Post by planewriting on Jul 21, 2016 14:51:27 GMT 12
Still talking Classic Flyer projects - the museum is looking for the logbooks for their newly acquired Victa Airtourers namely ZK-CDN, ZK-CWC and ZK-VTR (originally ZK-CWE) for restoration to flying condition. They may be in your possession or with an acquaintance or possibly stashed away in an aviation workshop. If anyone out there happens to know where any of those logbooks are, please reply on this thread or email Andrew Gormlie AndrewG@classicflyersnz.com Thanks
I'm fairly sure the Skyhawks are all still owned by the RNZAF and the museums have been told no getting them running
Correct whereas the Italians probably would care less thats a low time Macchi wants to be flown \. One of our Drawing offices lads is ex Avionics 14 Squadron and he said compared with the A4 the Maachi had no secret squirrel stuff not even radar. Its the engine thats the issue but if a comparable engine fits well that's great but its going to be expensive.
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.
The Viper 680 in the 339C had some serious engineering issues that were still being resolved when the fleet was retired. One of the fixes was to de rate all of the engines from 102% t to 100% to try and slow the rate of cyclic use. Problems included turbine blade lifing (from memory 800hrs throwaway life from new), serious combustion liner cracking, O stage blade FOD tolerance , DCV diaphragm rapid wear out , BOV problems , compressor vibration issues , centre bearing overheat and failure etc, etc.... Easiest and safest way to operate the aircraft is replace the engine ( and tailpipe) with a Viper 632.
"Never going to happen" was what I was told by one ex-Macchi maintainer when the subject of civilian/museum operation came up. Will be interesting to see if that turns out to be true or not. Besides the engine, I would have thought maintaining things like the HUD might be tricky as well?
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