XH558 Anniversary

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XH558 Anniversary

Postby Minty4371 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:27 am

Today, 6 years ago, XH558 flew again for the first time after restoration \:D/ \:D/.
http://www.vulcantothesky.org/news/514/ ... light.html

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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Ray C » Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:39 pm

Fingers crossed we get two more years from her... :)
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Dan4th » Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:34 pm

I thought that successful wing mods
would give more than that.....

Wasn't that supposed to add YEARS
and not YEAR to her life?????

And while Coaster Girl's video is very
nice, this one has always been by far
my favo(u)rite from that day :D



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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Bubbles » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:07 am

The wing mods will give loads of years. Remaining engine life restricts us to two years.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Ray C » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:35 am

So the hunt starts for some "Low Life" engines.....?
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Crew chief » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:50 am

Ray C wrote:So the hunt starts for some "Low Life" engines.....?

Unless the RAF or Rolls Royce have any in deep storage properly stored and with paper work then the chances of finding any is at best remote but you can never say never.

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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Mayfly » Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:59 am

Lets put it this way there are no known 201 engines fit for flight anywhere other what the VTST have and no chance of getting any refurbished.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Crew chief » Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:32 pm

Mayfly wrote:Lets put it this way there are no known 201 engines fit for flight anywhere other what the VTST have and no chance of getting any refurbished.

Just what I was trying to say without sounding negative. ;)

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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Mayfly » Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:38 pm

No point in sugar coating it CC - just the way it is!
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Crew chief » Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:14 pm

Mayfly wrote:No point in sugar coating it CC - just the way it is!

O I do like a straight talking women :p

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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Dan4th » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:10 pm

Can anyone please delineate the donk
situation????

In other words, how many are there (to
include spares) and roughly how many
hours left, etc. ?

I expect there is a FIRM limit from your
CAA as to how many "cycles" are to be
allowed, but is there any wiggle room
with thorough inspection and testing?

And even after all this time, I find it
hard to believe that RR wouldn't want
to be of at least SOME kind of assistance....

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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Vulcan Bomber » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:06 pm

she has 4 in the airframe and then 2 spares that have been used in her.

RR granted an extension at the start of the year.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Mayfly » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:08 pm

Vulcan Bomber wrote:she has 4 in the airframe and then 2 spares that have been used in her.

RR granted an extension at the start of the year
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Did they? I don't remember that how much did they get?
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Bubbles » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:44 pm

That's news to me too.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Sooty655 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:47 am

Vulcan Bomber wrote:she has 4 in the airframe and then 2 spares that have been used in her.

RR granted an extension at the start of the year.

Are either (or both) of the "2 spares" actually cleared for flight?
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Bubbles » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:33 pm

Further to the earlier point on engine life, there wasn't any extension granted this year.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Ray C » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:00 pm

Well this is all Intriguing.....on another subject....how's the new fuel tank fabrication
proceeding....? @-)
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Bubbles » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:28 pm

Dunno, it'll be part of the winter service.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Vulcan Bomber » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:11 pm

I was under the impression Martin Withers said just that on the sunday at Waddington. Must of heard wrong, I blame Kev Rumens for making to much noise.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Mayfly » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:58 am

I don't recall that but then again the speaker system always sounds like they are talking under water!!!

TBH I would have thought it would have been in the Newsletters because the more engine hours they have available equals more support for the wing mod.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Dan4th » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:11 pm

Your Ladyship::::::::::::

Do you think that guy you live with
might be able to get a clearer picture
regarding the engine life situation?

That would be extremely cool B-)

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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Bubbles » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:37 pm

It was in one of the newsletters about tentative approaches being made ( or something along those lines) but like I said , no extension has been granted. The 2 spares are ok for flight.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Sooty655 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:00 pm

Bubbles wrote:It was in one of the newsletters about tentative approaches being made ( or something along those lines) but like I said , no extension has been granted. The 2 spares are ok for flight.

That's good news. :) :)

I thought one of them was pulled for a high mag plug debris count, but obviously not.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Nickolas » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:59 pm

When I spoke to Taff on the subject of the high mag chip engine he remained noncommittal......
Personally speaking I'm sure that moves were afoot to declare the above engine serviceable. I just vaguely recall something along those lines but i cannot for the life of me remember from where.
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Re: XH558 Anniversary

Postby Sooty655 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:02 am

Nickolas wrote:When I spoke to Taff on the subject of the high mag chip engine he remained noncommittal......
Personally speaking I'm sure that moves were afoot to declare the above engine serviceable. I just vaguely recall something along those lines but i cannot for the life of me remember from where.

I understood they installed it for ground running during last winter, to further monitor the debris count, then removed it again before the 2013 season. I haven't heard anything of the results.

Edited to add ~ In May last year, Dr P said "..the other engine..which displayed the high debris-count on the mag-chip detectors..is still the subject of an ongoing investigation as to whether or not it is recoverable....we are working very closely with RR and another engineering firm to see whether or not that engine is recoverable".

Quote originally from UKAR podcast, but copied here from VTST Forum Engineering section.
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