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Post by Heuer » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:16 pm

"Lancaster update - After assessing the situation, and with consideration to safety and time constraints due to our many commitments during the tour, we have decided to proceed with replacing our #4 engine with a fresh one. Work will begin in the morning at Durham Tees Valley Airport. Our intention is to meet our obligations for the event with the 3 Lancasters at East Kirkby on Tuesday. We will advise with updates. Also, thank you for your many messages of support!"
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Post by christopher storey » Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:00 pm

Thank goodness this happened during this phase of the tour, and not during the en route Atlantic crossings . Incidentally, I believe that the only overhaul organisation who will tackle a Merlin is in Holland. Certainly, the BBMF engines are sent there

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Post by Heuer » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:19 pm

No, there is Maurice Hammond of Eye Tech Engineering in Eye, Suffolk I visited (pictures earlier in the thread) and they restore and overhaul all the Merlin's in Europe with the exception of the BBMF ones. They had four finished ones and a queue of six others waiting to be worked on. The owner has two Mustang's with engines he rebuilt and does all the ones for Hawker Restorations. They also did the Just Jane ones. Fantastic place to visit - I have their card somewhere if you want to organise a visit.
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Post by Heuer » Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:45 pm

"Lancaster Update - With thanks to the many individuals at Durham Tees Valley Airport, work is continuing on the engine swap. The damaged engine has been removed from the aircraft and stripped of all of the components we will need. The BBMF replacement engine is being built up but we are still discovering several small differences between the two which are not show stoppers, but are time consuming. The replacement engine will be hung tomorrow." Updates here: http://www.warplane.com/

A Merlin rebuild costs ?100,000. If you would like to make a donation to the CWHM to help cover this unexpected expense you can do so here: http://www.warplane.com/about-cwhm/dona ... sform.aspx So if you have seen Vera and Thumper fly over the last few weeks or hope to see her in the coming weeks please donate -consider it as 'pay per view'!
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Post by Simon P » Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:17 pm

She's back up and running again!

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Post by Heuer » Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:47 pm

Yes - she did a circuit of the airfield at 1:00pm and is now back at Coningsby.

Last night we watched 'Night-Bombers. It is unique in that it was filmed as a RAF training documentary in 1944 on 16mm colour film. It was only de-classified in 1978 and made available to the public in the mid 1980's. It is pretty gritty stuff and covers an entire raid on Berlin from getting the Lancaster's ready, crew briefings, getting the 40 aircraft off the ground, the flight and crew de-briefing. You will understand why it was classified as it discusses tactics and the various electronic measures in use at the time. Free to watch or download if you have a bit torrent client. It is on Youtube but clearly whoever uploaded it did not grasp the concept of frame rates as it stutters terribly. You can watch it in all its pristine glory here in various formats here: https://archive.org/details/NIGHT-BOMBERS or buy the DVD at Amazon.

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Post by christopher storey » Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:21 pm

Most interesting that in the still on the cover which you show, there appears to be a Manchester in the background on the left. I must watch this as the Father of a friend of mine started on Whitleys, went on to Manchesters, then Lancs, and then was in command of a succession of Wellington Squadrons in the desert, and since the Manchester was so rare he may even feature

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Post by Simon P » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:15 pm

Gfhug wrote:Simon, if you are going to Old Warden again, drop us a line and we can try to meet and compare S2s.
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There's more than a sporting chance that we'll be there this Sunday for the Shuttleworth Pageant. Are you likely to be there yourself?

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Post by Gfhug » Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:31 pm

That is the plan, weather permitting. Don't fancy hanging around in pouring rain, not even if the Lancs were returning (hold on I might just for them :D ), but if it's going to be a half way decent day then we should be there eta somewhere between 12:00 and 12:30, traffic and car behaving.

Will post a note in here on Saturday if we decide forecast isn't encouraging.

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Post by Simon P » Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:04 pm

Ditto! I'll PM you my details.

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Post by Heuer » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:42 pm

The first 3 Lanc's at East Kirby that had to be cancelled has been re-scheduled for a week on Sunday. A lot of ticket holders can't make it and the Lincolnshire Heritage site has offered to take the tickets back and put them on sale. There are also quite a few being offered on the various enthusiast site's if anyone wants to attend this unique gathering.

This Sunday see's the 3 Lancs at East Kirby (sold out long ago) but I think we may just head up to, let me see, somewhere with a big dam because the crew of VeRA and Thumper are not going to be able to resist a 'practice run' given they will be in the area :shock: :shock: That will be a sight to see if it happens! Last year to celebrate 70th anniversary of the Dambuster raid:
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Post by Heuer » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:15 am

Went to Derwent in the E-Type on Sunday and there was a lot of Lanc spotters but no Lancs! Shame as it was a gorgeous day and flying down that reservoir must be on the Canadian crews bucket list. They turned north after Holmfirth and not as everyone predicted.

Next it will be the re-scheduled 3 Lancs at East Kirby on Sunday and Vera departs the UK on the 22nd.
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Post by steve3.8 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:54 am

David ,

there is a scheduled flypast at Collingham 2.10 pm on Saturday , weather forecast looks ok so should be happening .

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Post by Heuer » Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:31 am

Steve

The Collingham fly-past is a week today. Goodwood this morning:

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Post by steve3.8 » Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:47 pm

Apologies for that David , at least we have not missed it , is there any flight path info available anywhere ?
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Post by Heuer » Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:09 pm

http://www.warplane.com/lancaster-2014-uk-tour.aspx

Flypast at 2:10pm routing from Coningsby to Southport via Collingham. So flying from East to West in an almost straight line to arrive at Southport by 2:50.
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Post by Heuer » Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:05 am

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Post by PeterE » Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:42 pm

Here is a video that I took of Thumper and Vera at Combined Ops, Headcorn (EGKH) on 16th August:


Apologies for the shaky video, probably down to a mixture of excitement and trying to point my phone at them without having to observe through it.

A trip in a C152 from Redhill to Headcorn is what gave me the flying bug in the mid-90s. Alas after obtaining my PPL(A), Night and IMC ratings and hundreds of hours as PiC I'm now grounded permanently for medical reasons, buying my S3 was by way of compensation - no regrets but I still miss the flying terribly :(
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Post by Heuer » Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:34 pm

YES!

50 year first as last two Lancasters fly in formation over Derwent Dam
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Severn Trent Water is working together with the Royal Air Force?s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight because, this Sunday, the last two Lancasters will fly over the Derwent Dam for the first time in 50 years ? weather and aircraft serviceability permitting.

A host of volunteers and Severn Trent, Peak Park and Derbyshire County Council workers, will be helping to make the special event possible.
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The RAF BBMF?s Lancaster will be joined by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum?s ?V-RA? which has flown across the ?Pond? for a series of summer events. A Hurricane and Spitfire will also pass over the Derwent Dam, all at around 4.45pm on Sunday 21 September on their way back to RAF Coningsby from Southport Air Show. Squadron Leader Mason, Officer Commanding BBMF said ?It has been a milestone in BBMF?s history to fly with V-RA in the UK. To carry out a flypast over the Derwent Dam will be a fitting finale before the Canadians make their long trip home next week. Used to train for the famous Dambusters Raid by 617 Squadron in 1943, the dam is part of our nation?s history. To carry out this flypast on Sunday will be a significant part of the RAF?s and the BBMF?s heritage."

Katy Shaw, head of visitor sites at Severn Trent Water, said: ?We?re supporting the Lancasters? flyover and it?s our aim to make sure that visitors to the Upper Derwent Valley have fun. On the day, the best place to view the planes is up on the moor alongside the reservoir, so you can see right down the valley. It is a stunning location, so you could always tie in the flight with a walk in the area earlier in the day.

?Before the day, we?d like to remind people that there are limited parking spaces in the area. We?ve made arrangements for approximately 500 cars to be accommodated in our car parks and we?ve also organised additional spaces for a few hundred cars on the roadside. We?d like to ask people to park in the designated areas and if possible, to share a car for their trip. For those who want a completely car-free journey, The Dambusters Bus, ?Shuttle 222?, will be running ? the first and last buses of the day call at Bamford Station at 8.45am and 5.50pm.

?Traffic will be able to access the Fairholmes Visitor Centre, which is very close to the Derwent Dam. We?ve worked with interested parties so that the road from the A57 to Fairholmes can be temporarily closed if it becomes congested, to allow emergency vehicles to travel to and from the reservoir, if needed. We?re grateful to all of our volunteers and partners for making this event possible, and we hope that it?s a memorable day for everyone.?

Severn Trent Water has also organised for local volunteers and its rangers to be available to help and answer questions. In preparation for the flyover, the company has worked closely with organisations including the local emergency services, the Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire County Council and the RAF.
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Post by Simon P » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:06 pm

Superb! Nice way to finish off her tremendously enthusiastically received time over here as she prepares to return back to Canada next week.
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