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November 10th 2013 – Open Cockpit / Engine run Day
The next major event at the Museum will be in November. Once a year the Museum opens
up the cockpits of a selection of our aircraft for the public to get up close and personal.
Come along for a fun family day out.
Sit in the cockpit of the F27, DC3 and many more
aircraft. Food and drink are available with a sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Check
out our Events page for more details.
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.