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Canberra WK163

Postby MOD » Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:01 pm

From Steve Bridgewater at CAT/Airbase.

'Currently on “ a slow boat from California ” is a Rolls Royce Avon 109 engine that we are hoping and praying will be serviceable and allow Canberra WK163 to take to the skies once again!

As you are probably well aware the team has been working long and hard to source a replacement engine after WK163 suffered FOD ingestion on take-off from Coventry a few years ago. We have literally scoured the globe and explored numerous leads of inquiry but, until now, have drawn a blank.

However, we now seem to have sourced an engine which, on first inspection, looks useable. The paperwork (normally the major stumbling block) looks OK and the engine is inhibited. It is now en route to us for a full inspection and testing and, if all is well, we will aim to purchase it and install it in WK163.

There are, in fact, a couple of engines from the same source and if funds can be secured we will try to acquire at least one spare as well. '

This looks like it could be good news for all Canberra fans. ;)


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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby Xplumberlives » Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:16 pm

Absolutely BRILLIANT news, thanks for posting that Ian!
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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby Mayfly » Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:28 pm

Yes that is good news - wishing them luck :ymapplause:
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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby Jigsaw » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:13 pm

That is really fantastic to read. I hope this goes the right way :ymapplause: Cheers Ian ;)
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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby Hydealfred » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:47 am

Thanks for posting this Ian - it would be great to see WK back in the air.
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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby Grapefruit » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:09 am

Any further news on this ?
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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby Sploosher » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:53 am

I long for the day to see a PR9 back in the air................... \:D/
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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby MOD » Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:20 pm

Grapefruit wrote:Any further news on this ?


Good question. I have sent Steve Bridgewater an e-mail.
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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby Richw_82 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:09 pm

I'm told Steve left Classic Flight/Classic Aircraft Trust a week or so ago?

WK163 has been moved from her outdoor spot this summer into the maintenance hangar. No other news yet, but next time I'm down there I'll ask if anyone can get me an update.

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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby MOD » Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:28 pm

Thanks Rich. ;)

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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby MOD » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:06 pm

Hopefully WK163 will be airborne in November. From CAF newsletter.

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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby Jigsaw » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:39 pm

:ymapplause: \:D/ Fingers crossed :D
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Re: Canberra WK163

Postby Hunterxf382 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:43 pm

I find it rather sad to see WK163 sitting outside the Airbase hangar every time I'm up working on the Shack - seemingly abandoned as it looks forlorn now that it's been pushed outside whilst the CAF airworthy fleet is inside for winter maintenance as usual. Not looking good for the future health of this special Canberra :(
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