Avro Lancaster NX611 Winter 2016/17- HUGE NEWS
The winter of 2016/17 will see some major works carried out on Avro Lancaster NX611 Just Jane, to make huge steps forwards in the project to restore her to airworthy condition.
“This is the biggest news for NX611's restoration in the last 20 years” - Andrew Panton.
Following the Centre's application for A8-23 approval with the CAA, they are now able to attend to some of NX611's future needs and address the long list of work needed to do to make her airworthy once more.
"The goal of Just Jane becoming only the third airworthy Lancaster in the world feels closer than ever before" - Andrew Panton
This winter sees a complete strip and re-paint of the aircraft which will facilitate an assessment of the aircraft's aluminium skin and permit any problems encountered to be resolved. To facilitate this work, NX611 will appear at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre as she never has done before, rigged in a flying attitude on trestles and jacks with the following removed:
Bomb doors, Ailerons, Elevators, Rudders, All turrets, Propellers, Cowlings, Wing tips, Undercarriage doors, H2S blister, Engine nacelles and Fillet panels.
Once the components and the paint are removed an assessment of the condition of the airframe will be made, and possibly rectification of any problems discovered along the way. This will provide an excellent base point to determine the extent of work required to be done over future winter overhaul periods.
The work to be performed during the winter maintenance season amounts to an investment in the region of £250,000. Not only does this work represent a significant step forward in the programme to return NX611 to airworthyness, but it also creates a unique opportunity for the general public to visit and see NX611 in a stripped down condition - something that has never been on offer before in such a close manner. Because of this opportunity the Centre will be offering tours of the overhaul area to enable you to get a close look at the work being done and gain an understanding of the restoration effort. Further information on these tours is available via www.lincsaviation.co.uk
“Visitors to the museum will see a Lancaster like it has never been seen before, we're so excited to be able to offer this unique opportunity to the public” - Andrew Panton.
With such a significant investment to be made this winter the Centre is also launching a new club called 'The Rivet Club'. Although the Club requires a monthly donation, starting from as little as £2.00 per month, it is solely centred around the restoration of NX611 and will give members special access to news updates and the weekly overhaul reports not available to non-members.
More info about the Rivet Club can be found HERE. (Members of the Just Jane Supporters Association will be automatically included in the update emails).
“We really hope the public will support our work this winter and really get on board with the aim of restoring 'Just Jane' to her rightful airworthy condition” - Andrew Panton
The stripping and re-painting of NX611 is a considerable undertaking and LAHC are very fortunate to be supported this winter by MAAS Aviation (www.maasaviation.com) who is performing this task on a pro-bono basis. MAAS Aviation is an Irish/Dutch head-quartered company which has been painting aircraft for 34 years. The company is one of the leading specialist aircraft painting companies in the world and operates aircraft paint shops in the Netherlands, Germany and in Alabama, USA. MAAS is an Airbus qualified company and operates paint shops in Germany an in Alabama for Airbus. This project has particular resonance for one of the directors of MAAS whose father was a Lancaster pilot in 514 Squadron based at RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. In addition to the support from MAAS, the repainting project is also being generously supported by Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings which has agreed to provide the paint material; Larchfield Graphics Ltd which is supplying consumable materials; Sea to Sky which is supplying the coating removal material and other sponsors will join the project in due course. If as a company you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the work this winter please contact the Centre HERE.
“Having the support of an international company such as MAAS Aviation who are experts in their field really gives the project a level of credibility we've been hoping for” - Andrew Panton.
The winter of 2016/17 marks exciting times ahead for Avro Lancaster NX611 and indeed the World's warbird community. Here at Silksheen Photography we are proud and excited to be documenting these works at every stage - we would suggest you consider joining the Rivet Club to receive weekly updates and further progress photographs.