A ‘task force’ of 11 aircraft technicians from the Depth Support Squadron based at RAF Coningsby will be on a short placement at the Yorkshire Air Museum between Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th February. This is being done as an exercise under the Force Development Programme that RAF personnel undertake continuously as part of their ongoing training.
The technicians will be put to work on a number of projects, such as the 1945 Douglas C47 / DC3 Dakota recently brought into engine running condition, with the objective of making the hydraulic and braking systems serviceable to allow the aircraft to be able to taxy – the final frontier in the restoration of this historic WWII aircraft.
Other aircraft that will receive attention are the 1964 Blackburn Buccaneer XN974, one of our ‘live’ ground operational jets, which is planned to have the ejector seats removed for cockpit cleaning and the fitting of a replacement Tailplane Flap actuator and finally, some inspection work on our 1958 Fairey Gannet AEW3 to establish a future work programme on this aircraft.
Museum Operations Co-Ordinator, Grant Sparks, himself a former RAF Electrical Chief Technician, commented: “We welcome this burst of technical knowledge, enthusiasm and, yes, muscle to assist our ageing volunteer force at the Museum. It will be a ‘hands on’ placement, with no computer aided fault diagnosis, which I am sure the team will enjoy as a trip back into the history of RAF maintenance.