Today, the 655MapS team successfully carried out our Spring EGR. We discovered a couple of small problems which we will need to fix before Wellesbourne Wings and Wheels on 19th June, but overall things went very well and a number of previous defects can now be marked as “closed”.
Much better weather than the last several weeks made Wellesbourne today feel as if Spring might finally have arrived. We had lots of visitors, including a large party organised by Neil Grant in the morning and several smaller groups in the afternoon.
Much better weather today ~ not exactly warm but the wind had moved round to the north and was a lot less biting. Lots of EGR preparation work completed on PFCU and hydraulic system oil levels, and one leaky tyre removed and refitted, but the main items to report are the installation of the refurbished AEO seat in the cockpit, and repair of the starter on the Douglas tug.
The work on wheels and tyres provided an excellent training opportunity for a small detachment of cadets from 150 (City of Oxford) Sqn ATC, who were with us today.
The biting east wind made it another bitterly cold day for the volunteers at Wellesbourne today, and they didn’t have any time to escape it, because after the Triumph Trophy Group visit in the morning (see below), we had fourteen members of the Volvo Tuning Network with their cars this afternoon.
…or perhaps more appropriately, Those Magnificent Machines, when the Triumph Trophy Owners Club arrived with 17 of those beautiful British motorcycles. Wg Cdr Mike Pollitt (RAF Retd.) came over to give all the cockpit tours. As a keen motorcyclist himself, we suspect that Mike was as interested in the bikes as our visitors were in the Vulcan!