NX611 Winter Maintenance/Restoration News

Building on the hugely successful 2016/17 winter maintenance/restoration period (with a complete paint strip, survey and repaint of NX611) the centre has now begun on the list of restoration work to be done. As a result, the 2017/18 period sees work focusing on two distinct areas; tail fin/rudder and inboard Merlin engines.


  • Starboard Fin and Rudder disassembly and complete rebuild/restoration.

  • Undercarriage Support beams (these have the undercarriage and engine bearers bolted to them and in turn bolt to the front spars). This is a forged item so needs to be removed for paint strip, inspection and NDT. 

  • Starboard wing trailing edge removal for inspection and repair.

  • Starboard trailing edge access panel anchor nut strip replacement.

  • Repair of a hydraulic tank connection weep.

  • H2S dome retaining anchor nut replacement.

  • Number 2 engine removal and replacement.

  • Winter servicing of engines.


All of this work is estimated by the centre to cost £125,000.00 over the six month period.


If you would like weekly reports on the restoration work during that period please sign up to the centre's Rivet Club HERE. Furthermore, the centre hopes to provide winter restoration tours as they did during the 2016/17 period, so please keep an eye on their website for dates.