New Restoration underway.

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  1. gumbyk

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    I've just heard that Tempest Mk II MW376 has been unpacked down here in NZ for restoration at Pioneer Aero.

    I'll post pics if I manage to get hold of any, but I'm not likely to be up that way for a while now.

    Here's alink to the photos on Facebook
     
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    Good to hear.

    I would love to help restore an old Warbird. The oldest aircraft I have ever worked on was a 41 year old Beechcraft King Air.
     
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    There are often jobs going down here with places that do restorations. That King Air wouldn't have been that much different to a warbird.
     
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    That is so cool!
     
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    That's great news!

    My only claim to fame in warbird restoration was drilling out the rivets in the (in situ) fuel tanks of MoTaT's Grumman TBF-1 Avenger. Likewise would like to be able to do alot more.
     
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    Hey Gumbyk,

    Joe Yancey is the ONLY guy I know who can hone Bristol Centarus cylinders so they are round. If you guys need that down under, please contact via PM.

    Best regards, - Greg
     
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    Ooooh Goody! Will be awesome to see a Tempest fly, even if it doesn't have a Sabre under the hood.
     
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    A Tempest .... that's terrific. Great to see progress.

    Thanks,

    MM
     
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    There's a Tempest V being restored to flyable condition about a mile from here, though the CAA won't let it fly. It's bound for Kermit Weekes; whether he'll ever fly it is an unanswered question.
     
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    #11 gumbyk, May 24, 2012
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    Greg,
    I'm not involved with this restoration, and I don't know what they are doing with regards to engines, etc. I think they'll be concentrating on the airframe first, but I'll keep that info in mind when I get up there and see this thing.
    Thanks

    Edgar, Yes, the UKCAA bureaucrats can be a bit anti-aviation at times. What reason are they giving for it? The last time I had anything to do with them, they were caliming that as the La-9 had more than 51% of its parts replaced, it was a new aircraft, and had to conform to new build specifications.
     
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    That's great news, and interesting to hear about the UK Tempest V Edgar.
     
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    is there a reason they wont let it fly ????
    seems such a shame
     
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    When this was first mooted, many years ago, the given reason was "unreliable engine," which didn't impress ex-Napier employees one bit.
    Not for nothing are the CAA known as "Campaign Against Aircraft," or "Cancel All Aviation."
     
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    I am hoping to see some pics of these soon. Sounds very cool!
     
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    Great to hear!

    Looking forward to seeing some pics.
     
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    One of the conditions of me being allowed to view it, was that I had to agree not to publish any of the photos; sorry.
     
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    Sounds like a great project!
     
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