If you think that static aircraft don’t need on-going maintenance you’d be wrong. In fact they need quite a lot and the Museum’s Summer ’06 maintenance plan is long and detailed. Our team of skilled volunteers work on our aircraft 7 days a week, and only in this way can we keep up with the task of preserving the Tangmere ‘flight’ of important historic aircraft.
At the moment much attention is being focussed on the Supermarine Swift FR5 where good progress has already been made, but where there remains more anti-corrosion work to be done on the nosewheel bay. In addition to that the cockpit refurbishment is still incomplete and this must be finished before the ejector seat and the canopy can be refitted.
The Lightning F53 is also in the throes of anti-corrosion treatment, in this case as a legacy of its days in outside storage, and sits with many of its equipment bays open enabling visitors to see the complexity that lies just beneath the skin.
Even more demanding of anti-corrosion treatment and spray protection are the Museum’s aircraft that have to live out of doors all the time. Among these the Sea Vixen is currently undergoing extensive repair and refurbishment to the undercarriage bays as well as work to the interior of the cockpit area before repaired service access panels can be fitted. The Sea Vixen is featured as this month’s Aircraft of The month so don’t forget to click onto the link on the Home page.