Its been 20 years or more since the display Lancaster was inspected so we have put a team of Aircraft Engineers together led by Rex Stanners and Frank Hannay.
Other Lancaster operations from UK and Canada have been a great help and we have a stack of original maintenance manuals to refer to. The process involves opening up the 50 plus panels, checking, photography and spraying
The engines have all been checked, reinhibited and rotated
So far the only real concern is the corrosion found in the starboard wing where the outer wing is joined. This will need attention and we may need to reactivate the old "Save the Lancaster" Fund to finance repairs
We had a LAGS meeting yesterday which included Norm Taylor FRAeS and Avro designer. Other than the outer wing joints needing attention , one of the engine rear braces also needs cleaning up. Our engineers are now planning how to make these repairs and estimate how much it will cost. Otherwise the Lancaster is in great condition. Areas where we expected corrosion are perfect although the original magnesium rivets are showing their age.
We have had a lot of support and advice from the Lancaster Owners Club ( it doesn't have many members!) who are just as keen as us to have The Captains Fancy in A1 condition.
The NZBCA have arranged the annual lunch for November 27 at the Commerce Club Greenlane. The buffet etc will cost $30. We enjoyed this venue last year , lots of parking outside and a good meal. This year we will be presenting No 3 Squadron ATC with a new Veterans Memorial Trophy for their outstanding cadet. The trophy is based around a pewter model of a Wellington Ic ( flown by all who flew with RAF BC ) painted in 75 squadron colours , and with the markings of the aircraft flown by James Ward VC.
After lunch we traditionally head to MOTAT for a special tour.
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Thanks . On our system , corrections seem to be hit and miss on facebook , sometimes they pick up then revert. It seems it is the same on proboards , not all digit problems , although I have p[lenty of those. I think its a wifi link problem with the new spark remote.
Scarecrows, Amongst a set of great target photos from Rodney Williams (90 Sq) is one showing what maybe a scarecrow. It may be just debris from the ground, but as the photo is from 20,000 feet the bits have gained some altitude. At night the glowing trails would have been even bolder.
The other is Rheydf, very close grouping around the market
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 3, 2017 12:59:37 GMT 12
It looks like a side view cartoon of a man with a Popeye style chin and Pinocchio style nose, and arms posed like he's running or walking fast? A pity the words are hard to read, the first word may be Jim?
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 3, 2017 13:12:34 GMT 12
I changed the tones of the artwork to see if any more clarity could be found. I think now what I thought was a gap between the second and third word is in fact a spot of the original photo so there may only be two words, or possibly even one word?
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 3, 2017 13:25:16 GMT 12
Hey the Captain's Fancy cartoon came from a British newspaper comic strip called "Just Jake" by Bernard Graddon, I don't suppose those words say "Just Jake"? The style of chin is similar to those in the comic.