On 16 November the Vulcan Restoration Trust carried out the first engine runs on XL426 since March of this year, a run planned to give the engineering team the chance to test and carry out some of the jobs that require hydraulic pressure available with the engines running. The on-going ‘Return to Power’ program is approaching the Trust’s goal of a fully high-speed capable aircraft, with recent work focussing on the undercarriage, braking systems and nose wheel steering. The delay between engine runs is partly down to the strict procedural requirements now in place at the continually expanding International airport. The Trust’s airside vehicles have to meet specifications, and members of the team have to be trained and cleared to operate airside. Also there is now a limit on the locations on the airport where engines can be run, requiring that the Vulcan be towed to the north side of the airport, and this couldn’t be done until the Trust’s tug had been brought up to acceptable standard.
Early in the morning the aircraft was prepared for towing out:
Checking the intakes for foreign objects, moisture and blade condition:
‘New’ tyres, brake unit heat packs and re-built wheels:
Ready to roll:
Once airside one of the planned jobs was to bleed the recently refitted nose-wheel steering. To do this requires a greased steel plate with another plate on top. Once the nose-wheel is positioned on the plates the steering can be operated and the system bled.
Checking for leaks in the brake system:
Bleeding the nose-wheel steering:
The Vulcan Restoration Trust is a registered charity in need of the public’s support.
Please visit their website http://www.avrovulcan.com/ to see how you can help.