XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:26 pm

Any chance you could find out why two engines were removed? I can see one for display but two?? Also does she still have her aapp fitteD?
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Vulcan Bomber » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:35 am

Avro683 wrote:Any chance you could find out why two engines were removed?



Most likely reason is beacause the 2 removed engines had low hours on them so it was worth at the time putting them back in the spares pile, the 2 remaining probably have the opposite story.
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:37 am

Possibly but I thought they were on display with the vulcan?
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Minty4371 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:59 pm

Seen this today. Hope it hasn't been posted before.
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Exceptionalsleeper » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:43 am

"They have an open cockpit day two times a year, and you can climb up in the Vulcan. They even run electric to it so all the gauges are lit up."

Definitely not aircraft electrics, unless he knows something I don't? :-o They do have external florescent lights which light up the cockpit so, you could say they light up the gauges. =))
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:50 am

Curiouser and curiouser! :-o
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Sooty655 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:46 pm

Exceptionalsleeper wrote:"They have an open cockpit day two times a year, and you can climb up in the Vulcan. They even run electric to it so all the gauges are lit up."

Definitely not aircraft electrics, unless he knows something I don't? :-o They do have external florescent lights which light up the cockpit so, you could say they light up the gauges. =))

The way I read it, he is talking about XM605 at Castle.
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Bovril » Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:09 pm

As far as I know castle don't put any power on, although they do have at least two open cockpit days
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:23 pm

Castle did have power apllied a few years ago and they charged the nitrogen system and inflated the canopy seal and were opening and closing the crew door with aportable supply.. sadly politics got in the way and the ex raf engineer that was doing the work, left...

just foudn this.. oh my good rope lights in the cockpit and usaf helmets .. really??
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:49 pm

Any news on 573???? :( :(
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:15 pm

Has this project been shelved now??
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Exceptionalsleeper » Thu May 16, 2013 10:27 pm

Sorry for being quiet. There is NO money aside for 573 and I've become disillusioned as a result. I haven't volunteered down there since early March because I'm too busy doing other things. Had they wanted me to work on the Vulcan, then my interest level would have stayed pretty high. :(
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Fri May 17, 2013 3:06 am

Confused :-W .. volunteers dont cost anything.. supplies can be donated.. whats the problem?
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Exceptionalsleeper » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:03 pm

Avro683 wrote:Confused :-W .. volunteers dont cost anything.. supplies can be donated.. whats the problem?


God only knows. What I got from conversations in the crew room is that the Vulcan is sadly not a priority in terms restoration when they have a back log of American junk to deal with.

I did try - sorry.
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:15 pm

That is so typical...
Could you not still continue to look after her though even just basic tlc like charging her nose strut?
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Exceptionalsleeper » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:14 am

Avro683 wrote:That is so typical...
Could you not still continue to look after her though even just basic tlc like charging her nose strut?


Sorry for the delay. I looked at the charging the oleo but the strut seals have sadly perished. The only way to adjust her "attitude" would be to jack the nose up and have a collar manufactured and fitted around the fescalised portion.
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:43 pm

That would work but then your back to the no funding saga... :(
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Exceptionalsleeper » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:17 pm

Sadly yes.
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:11 am

What about trying to drum up support for it both in the us and the uk etc? Surely folks would donate towards getting her sorted?
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Exceptionalsleeper » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:33 pm

Avro683 wrote:What about trying to drum up support for it both in the us and the uk etc? Surely folks would donate towards getting her sorted?


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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:55 pm

Oh that's a shame I thought you were resident there,,, Damn. Well back to her long sleep she goes then I guess... ~x(
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Exceptionalsleeper » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:20 pm

Avro683 wrote:Oh that's a shame I thought you were resident there,,, Damn. Well back to her long sleep she goes then I guess... ~x(


No, I am on a course for a year and it finishes in Sept. I did try but again, I find the Politics fatiguing.
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Avro683 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:55 pm

It must of been very frustrating especially considering she was gifted to the museum and to have her left to slowly go down hill is sad.. Wouldnt take too much both monetrily and volunteer hours to spruce her up a bit..
Than you for trying and for taking the pictures of her cockpit. At least she appears to be very complete and dry inside..
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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Ray C » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:56 pm

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Avro683 wrote:Any chance you could find out why two engines were removed?

Most likely reason is beacause the 2 removed engines had low hours on them so it was worth at the time putting them back in the spares pile, the 2 remaining probably have the opposite story.



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Re: XM573 - Strategic Air & Space Museum, Nebraska.

Postby Gully » Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:27 pm

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Avro683 wrote:Any chance you could find out why two engines were removed?

Most likely reason is beacause the 2 removed engines had low hours on them so it was worth at the time putting them back in the spares pile, the 2 remaining probably have the opposite story.



Could 558 use them......?


If they had been available, they would have been grabbed! No doubt they went back to the RAF and were either used or scrapped when the Vulcans came out of service, leaving just the 9 retained by the VDF as spares (one of which was used following an engine issue in service, with the remaining 8 becoming the Trust's stock).

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