Subject to the CAA giving us an mpd exemption as they promised we are hoping to fly on Sun…a few times! Quite a few interesting people & jets are expected to turn up… join us.
We had to wait for the exemption for a month. After a few delays and the workshop involving the vintage jet industry representatives and organised by the CAA we are very close to getting airborne on Sun. We were able to demonstrate that the engine fuel elastomeric parts failure does not cause any significant impact on the normal flight.
And while sensible people were busy with the Christmas turkey and lovely warming spirits this is what we were up to in a gusty wind at an almost empty airfield…
Photos courtesy Stewart Jack.
Looks like in the latest installment of Owners & Engineers vs Birds & Tech Issues the former finally established a strong lead. Prov had a successful engine run today and is very close to getting airborne – under her own power!
The 7th of Jan still remains the date when a lot of vintage jets may be grounded due to the CAA mandatory permit directive.
Prov’s ejection seats – without the cartridges and the chutes. Still looking intimidating.
The firex parts are arriving this week, courtesy of quite a few very helpful people!
The annual service is expected to be completed in 4 weeks.
Cliff Colmer was our guest earlier this year and kindly wrote this article for the RADAR magazine. Roger Whitcomb lent his photography expertise. As for PROV she did what she does best…
Prov is turning 50 next year – but looks and feels like new. This is thanks to thorough maintenance and care that require financing. Please support us to help us celebrate her 50 years of flying. As far as we know she is the only vintage jet combat veteran still flying – come onboard and take part in preserving the living history.
Having done well over 30 hours this year PROV is undergoing annual maintenance – an equaliser service which is likely to take around 6 weeks.
Prov is missed terribly and we visit her every weekend – plus look at her photos every day!
If you would like to see Prov back in the air please join us!
There’s nothing better than visiting old friends – especially when you commute in a jet and know you’ll get there within about 20 mins, wherever it is really.
There was lots of noise there, mainly the sound of freedom caused by Buccaneers, Lightnings, Victor, VC10, Hunters etc. It does make you feel very alive.
See VIVM departing to Brunty in style…