Thursday, 20 October 2016

Just Jane to fly?

With the BBMF Lancaster now in it's winter quarters, news from Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre that NX611 is heading towards an airworthy future -
The winter of 2016/17 will see some major works carried out on Avro Lancaster NX611 'Just Jane' to make huge steps forwards in the project to restore her to airworthy condition.
"This is the biggest news for NX611's restoration in the last 20 years"- Andrew Panton
Following the application for our A8-23 approval with the CAA we are now able to attend to some of NX611's future needs and address the long list of work we need to do to make her airworthy once more.
"The goal of "Just Jane" becoming only the third airworthy Lancaster in the world feels closer than ever before" - Andrew Panton
This winter will see a complete strip and re-paint of the aircraft which will facilitate an assessment of the aircraft's aluminium skin and permit any problems encountered to be resolved.

Could the possibility of having three Lancasters in formation become a reality at some point in the future?
Let's hope so...

 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Hangar panos

The BBMF Lancaster has some stickers applied to the fuselage since last week - Spitfire T9 PV202 was keeping PA474 company today. Again, reflection in the glass makes getting a clear shot a bit of a chore!
B-17 "Sally B" was manoeuvred into the north side of H2 for her hibernation and "Miss Pick Up" is also in there.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Another of PA474

Another shot of PA474 - taken with a wide angle lens (other photo was taken on iPhone) - bit of reflection from the light entering the Observation Room which could do with some blackout blinds on the glass doors!


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Elsewhere...

Autumnal colours adorn the front of the Officers Mess at Duxford.

And my eye was drawn to this piece of classic Automobilia Americana…
1953 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country Wagon

PA474 from viewing room

Took the opportunity post 'nosebag' to wander over to the "Stephenson Hangar" to check out the new resident. 


Just before heading over I caught the tail end of a spirited display by Richard Grace in the Mk XIV Spitfire MV268. Its last as a Duxford resident?...