Post by planewriting on Sept 24, 2018 8:17:44 GMT 12
As will be seen from Peter's photos, the earlier listing above of HBE and HBF with their details was transposed. HBE is XS677 and HBF is XT606. Note how much better already one of them is looking (clean windows etc) with just a gentle wash. It's even showing its true colour - dare I say, egg shell blue rather than dust and bird muck black ...
I believe the details are in reverse order and as the attached photo will show HBF is ex XT606 and HBE would be XS677.
Would you mind uploading the picture evidencing HBF and XT
Sorry for that Peter. As I am so far away from my notebook. At that stage PVL had not posted his photos. I used a website which I thought was correct. Someone asked as they didn't know there had been civil machines in New Zealand, so what I couldn't figure out at the time why one of the Tauranga machines would be an ex logging machine when I thought it would have been XR507.
Is there any information on where XR507 and ZK-HBE are located?
Post by planewriting on Sept 25, 2018 8:41:42 GMT 12
No worries Delticman, I was simply trying to put the records straight while the topic is hot and with the considerable interest in these helicopters now "out there" I was wanting to nip a potential perpetual error in the bud. Regards Peter
Because it was a sunny day the boys opened up the engine compartment of the first Wessex to be cleaned so far. This is XT680. I took a couple of photos of the engine compartment with the layout of the twin Gnome jest engines. These are set at about a 30 degree angle to the horizontal which looks a bit weird but obviously worked. The original Wright R1820 was also set at an angler like the jest are. On initial looks it all seems to be in good condition but time will tell.
A nice sunny spring day and heaps going on at the museum. It was great to see a couple of young people along to help with the cleaning of the Wessex helicopters. Currently there is a second machine that has been washed and it is up by the café if you want to have a good look. They are big machines.
Looking at the space we have cleared for the aircraft and the size of the beast even disassembled there isn't going to be a lot of room to spare. Will certainly be an interesting time as this aircraft makes its way to a return to flight.