AP-3C Orion A09-756 parts arrive at SAAM!

Six semi-trailers loaded with parts off the aircraft being disassembled at Edinburgh arrived at SAAM yesterday (23 Nov). We unloaded engines, propellers, nose and aft radomes, rudder, elevators, ailerons and flaps with the help of personnel from 1 Combat Service Support Battalion. Vaughn Wilds, the Orion Disposals Project Manager was along to direct operations. The fuselage arrives next month, then the immense project, for our all-volunteer organisation, starts to reassemble the aircraft for display.

SAAM is very grateful to all involved in this fantastic project to preserve RAAF heritage.

The video is of SAAM volunteers Walter Hill and Waynne Lee unloading one of the propellers.

Fairey Battle restoration gathers pace!

SAAM’s restoration/reconstruction of Fairey Battle N2188 is progressing well. Earlier this month the vertical fin, rudder and elevators were added to the horizontal stabilisers and aft fuselage section already assembled with the tailwheel and tail cone. The assembled structure gives a graphic demonstration of just how big this aircraft is going to be…

The assembly went well, although it took quite a number of volunteers to align the elevators for attachment as you can see in the smaller photograph!

The elevators are to be removed again to be fabric covered, then reattached with the various fuselage fairings installed.

Progress on the CC-1 Replica restoration!

SAAM is making great progress on its restoration of the CC-1 replica, with the wings and tail surfaces patched/re-covered and re-attached to the aircraft.

The CC-1 is a replica of Clyde Cessna’s first design, built by Gordon Lewis and his engineers at Rossair from original plans in 1966 for the National Air Show. It was donated to SAAM by Gordon’s family a couple of years ago – so restoration is taking a little longer than the original build!

AVRO ANSON UPDATE

Some significant changes have been made to the Avro Anson since the last update. The most eye catching change has been the installation of the .303 calibre forward firing machine gun. It is a replica and is non- working of course but it is fitted with some replica ammunition and this is fitted into the breech being fed by a link belt. A ring and bead sight has been made and fitted.

The port wing has been finished and is fitted with its aileron and flap. The fuel tank covers are in place and the fuel tanks are fitted. The bomb doors for both the forward and aft bomb bays are installed and working and enough parts have been sourced to make the forward doors operational from the cockpit.

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The clear vision panels in the nose have all been renewed and the sliding hatch beneath the nose is operational with its wind deflecting clear vision panel made operational. The pitot head has been refurbished and refitted to the bottom of the nose.

The engine cowls are almost complete and most have been primed ready for the next prime coat which will be followed by the colour coat. The rear portions of the cowls are wood frames covered in fabric and are yet to be refurbished.

The undercarriage leg fairings have been remanufactured and are fitted to the legs and are awaiting fabric covering. New tyres have been fitted and have been deliberately “worn in” with the treads removed and some realistic scuffing making them look as if they have been in use on bitumen runways.

The engine air filters, oil coolers and oil tanks have been removed, overhauled, repainted and re-fitted.

The fabric on the fuselage underside is being fitted as are the last wooden stringers. Once this fabric is installed the fuselage covering will be complete.

Anson Restoration

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Restoration work on Avro Anson EF954 has seen the elevators and ailerons with new fabric. The rudder has been paint stripped and is ready for finishing coats. After the installation of the metal cabin roof, the fuselage has been covered with new fabric and now with the skeletal airframe almost fully covered, the aircraft looks like an aeroplane of the past. New windscreens and cockpit side windows have been made and fitted. The starboard engine cowls have been paint stripped and fitted, albeit temporarily. The forward firing machine gun access panel has been overhauled and fitted.

The cabin area has seen some work done, but this is not now readily visible with the fuselage fabric in place. The mid upper turret space has been cleaned and painted and the bulkhead leading to this space has been completely overhauled. This bulkhead now has the crash axe, two engine starting handles and the two Type O compass mounts fitted. The radio operator’s seat has been overhauled and re-upholstered. The jettison mechanism for the cabin door is now operational. The two cabin fire extinguishers have had a good polish and although not serviceable, are mounted in the original factory brackets.

Wing root fairings for the starboard side have been overhauled and remanufactured as required, and with the engine cowls and fairings installed the aeroplane looks reasonably complete. With the cold winter weather putting a hold on fabric work, attention is now directed towards getting the port- side engine cowls and fuel tank covers up to the same standard as the starboard. To achieve this some old engine cowl bearers will be used as patterns for new bearers. Once these bearers are installed, the cowls will be fitted. The propellers are sporting new paint and some new main wheel tyres have been fitted.