MAY 2021 UPDATE: Well the promise of April soon gave way to a particularly wet May here in the UK with many of our visits to Enstone greeted with heavy skies and a lot of rain.

That said, I’ve still been able to make progress in a few areas not least of which was the sourcing of further previously missing parts and some additional spares for parts we already have on the shelf. With the aspiration still to return electrical power (at a minimum) to the aircraft and the serviceability of most of our parts being unknown it never hurts to have a few items in the back pocket just in case.

Flap control units and cockpit lighting tubes.
Various ‘new’ avionics units.

I’ve also found a new Electrical Bay cover which will hugely help keeping the Avionics bays dry(er).

There has been further progress in terms of restoring the completeness of the forward avionics bay with the sourcing of the last missing valve in the avionics cooling installation and the parts to complete the Rad Alt transceiver and Mode Selector switch junction box installation.

Laser bay ejector valve installed.

Rad Alt and Mode Switch installation.
‘Special Weapons’ Junction Box.

Meanwhile, on the bench, our ‘new’ Primary Heat Exchanger has been built up ready for it’s eventual installation back on the spine of the aircraft.

Primary Heat Exchanger Assembly.

Looking slightly further ahead to the summer, I’m pleased to be able to announce that we have set a date for an ‘Open House’ day at Enstone for Saturday, August the 7th.

This will be an opportunity to come and visit the aircraft and hopefully see some of the progress we’ve made since our last open day in 2019.

Obviously this will be hugely dependant on the relevant Covid restrictions and protocols that may be in place at the time but hopefully we’ll be able to hold this as a relatively normal event.

I’ll keep the website and our various social media channels up to date as regards plans.

There is an ‘event’ set-up on our Facebook page to be able to register and interest and I’ll see if it’s possible to create something similar on here as we’ll need to have a reasonable idea of numbers as regards catering etc.

I had thought that at sometime during the course of the day we’ll remove a few of the external panels from the aircraft (if it’s of interest) for the keener modellers to be able to see a few of the internal parts and units. If there are any other requests or ideas that anyone would like for the day please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll see what we can accommodate.

Obviously we’ll have most of our merchandise range also available as well as probably a few surplus Jaguar parts and collectables. Catering will be available on the day from the Flying Club.

And finally – don’t forget June the 20th is Fathers Day! There is still time to order Dad something Jaguar related so have a look at the merchandise page as there is something for every budget.

Thanks, as always, for the ongoing interest and support and I hope to be able to meet a few of you personally at Enstone on August the 7th.