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Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:06 pm
by Mackrick
The latest issue of the RAF News has an good article on Shackleton WR963.

The aircraft used to belong to Air Atlantique and in November 08 was handed over to the handed over to the Avro Shackleton Charity Enterprise Training (Ascet). This new phase of the aircraft's history will see engineers of the future working on the aircraft to turn the dream of it entering the skies, into a reality.

The impressive aircraft has been maintained in good running condition by Air Atlantique - based at Coventry city's airport - since it last flew with the Royal Air Force in 1991.

It was then cared for by the Shackleton Preservation Trust which has spent years preserving and restoring the maritime aircraft.

For the past 17 years, the grounded Shackleton WR 963 was unable to even taxi the runway, until November when, for the first time, the plane was able tooperate under its own power.

Now the trust believes the skies the limit and will work on raising enough cash to restore the aircraft - known as The Grey Lady - to its original glory.

The charity aims to raise up to £3 million during the next few years to afford the restoration work.

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More Photos in the following link http://www.ascet.co.uk/gallery/index.php?gallery=2

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:27 pm
by RLN
Hope they get the funds, the Shackleton is another of my boyhood memories.

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:35 pm
by Mackrick
Well if they do in theory that would be 3 AVRO aircraft in the air :D

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:49 pm
by Mayfly
isn't there some red tape problems with returning this aircraft to flying condition

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:07 pm
by Mackrick
no more than any other project as far as I know ?
Remember that they had Mr Mchenry flying but the CAA wanted a spar replacement before they would let it fly.
http://www.skippyscage.com/aviation/az/wl790/index.php
http://www.fencecheck.com/news/Mr_McHenry_Finally_Retires/

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:14 pm
by Mayfly
agh perhaps its the spar I'm thinking of then

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:48 pm
by Mackrick
At least its in a ground run and taxi sate so anything I suppose is possible (shame its not at Brunty though)

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:53 pm
by RLN
Don't want to appear thick - even though I am but....with contra-rotating props, how does it work? I presume one prop is direct drive, and the other is geared off the shaft.

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:01 am
by IanM
Wikipedia wrote:and power is transferred from the engine via a planetary gear or spur gear transmission


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra-rotating_propellers

I've tried searching for how that is actually achieved but there doesn't seem to be anywhere with a diagram.

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:30 pm
by Dan4th
Mackrick wrote:Well if they do in theory that would be 3 AVRO aircraft in the air :D



Rick:

Don't forget the Lanc in Canada......

I THINK it's flying now.

Dan4th

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:52 pm
by IanM
How come I apparently posted above Dan4th's post at 7:01am this morning when I wasn't even up????

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:56 pm
by Mayfly
I think but maybe wrong of course, that it could have Wedgy doing some tidying up

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:13 pm
by Mackrick
MF of course I should have said 3 aircraft types and not 3 aircraft :p

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:14 am
by Cluny
Time to bring this thread back from the dead :ymdevil:

She will be running her engines up in public on the 22nd :D
I shall have to attend ;)

This is how she looks now :X
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=P~

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:23 am
by Dan4th
What are the chances????????????

A wonderful historic aircraft!

Danf.

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:07 am
by Hihonyr8811
If I didn't already have plans I'd have gone, would love to see her run her engines :((

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:41 pm
by Sploosher
Nice to see it in `Coastal Command` white............................ \:D/

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:25 pm
by Jigsaw
:ymapplause: Bloody marvellous :D

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:27 pm
by Dan4th


Mayfly: Did DT ever fly Shacks?

If so, what did he think of them?

Danf.

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:56 pm
by Mayfly
No he didn't Dan4th - Barry M was on Shackletons he loved them

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:57 pm
by Nickolas
Best you get Baz on the horn and get some anecdotes off him.

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:21 pm
by Richw_82
Good evening!

Glad to see that our hard work on WR963 is appreciated. The Coastal Command paint scheme has progressed since the hangar picture (which I took on the last day in there, when all the clutter was out the way) and she now wears her national markings and original 224 Sqn codes. It looks stunning in sunlight.

Shame this one was took late in the evening, but you get the idea!

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As mentioned further up this thread, we will be running her on the 22nd April for the re-opening of Airbase (Classic Flight). We're due to start the first engine at 1pm, and if this last Saturday's practice was anything to go by, it will be a spot on event. We're only on three engines at the moment, but may have the props on all of them by Friday if everything goes to plan. A plan, I might add, that still has me and several members of the team running around like blue arsed flies over the next couple of days. :))

If you can make it on the 22nd, do pop over and say hello. For those of you that can't, I will post photos if you want - or you can pop down on the 4th May when we intend to run her again. At the moment Coventry is the only place in the world you will find a live Shackleton.

That's the good news...

..the bad news?

There are no plans currently to return WR963 to the sky. As things stand, this will not be reviewed for some time. Sorry.

Kind Regards

Rich Woods
Shackleton Preservation Trust

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:41 pm
by Cluny
Welcome to the forum Rich :)

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:43 pm
by Xplumberlives
Welcome Rich your input and photos will be most welcome! :ymapplause:

Re: Shackleton WR963

PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:45 pm
by Olicat
Welcome, i really wan't to see her run up at some time!