Great news from the last flying Sea Vixen! The XP924 is only days away from emerging from 15 Hangar at RNAS Yeovilton. The covers on the recently re-installed port engine are going into place, the starboard wing repair is in its final fettling stage, the pilot’s cockpit is being repopulated with instruments and the autostab gyros are being refitted. The annual maintenance elements are also nearing completion and the flap repairs and re-rigging are now complete after nearly 7 months of work! The ejection seats are being re-installed next week and, following the installation of the accumulator, we shall be carrying out undercarriage retraction tests. That should give us the go ahead for ground runs, leak checks and systems testing followed by high power performance ground runs and taxy tests. All this in the next two to three weeks and our first flight of the season is scheduled for the second week in April.
Many companies have helped us through the winter and we are very grateful for all their help and technical assistance. Our friends at Skysmart MRO Ltd provided very valuable assistance with gyros and instruments. Kearsley Airways Ltd helped us with our hydraulic systems and we have new tyres provided by Dunlop Ltd. Survival Equipment Services Ltd continue to provide us with excellent support for our ejection seats. The Fleet Air Arm here at RNAS Yeovilton continue to host us in 15 Hangar and provide us with a substantial amount of excellent support for which we are enormously grateful.
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