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MARCH ’22 UPDATE: Only limited opportunities to crack into some tasks with the aircraft this month, real life has kicked in and I’ve spent a couple of weeks out of the country with work. That said, we’ve managed to make some progress in a couple of areas.
I’ve taken the secondary cover off the canopy and was pleased to find that the cockpit has remained dry over the winter.
Opening up the canopy for the first time in a few months was an opportunity to try out the new canopy seal protectors.




In the forward avionics bay the final missing component has been located.
The airspeed switch, tucked away in the upper reaches of the bay, has been fitted complete with it’s associated pipework.





Cosmetically at least, this means that both avionics bays are now complete. As I start to get systems powered up there might be a bit of component swapping, spares allowing, but considering the starting point we’re not in a bad place.





With the electrical systems starting to come together I’ve started to revisit the missing and incomplete hydraulics pipework and fuselage-to-wing flying controls hardware.



In the fuselage equipment bays at the leading edge of the wing I’ve started to rebuild the missing pipework and have a look at some of the repairs required. Most of the hardware that is missing I’m able to replace from the stocks of parts that I’ve compiled but everything is getting a spruce up prior to installation.




The starboard bay is now more complete but I’ve pulled the slats limit switch unit as the electrical connectors are heavily corroded (beyond recovery) so the unit will be replaced with one from spares.




Fuel tank transfer and pressurisation couplings have also been sourced and fitted on the wing leading edge.




Apologies again for the briefness of the update this month. Hopefully April will prove more productive. I’m still sourcing parts and thanks go out to everyone that continues to support us by buying merchandise or direct donations. I’m intending to hold at least one Open House day over the course of the summer and will try to tie down some potential dates and these will be well publicised ahead of time. If anyone would like to ‘pop in’ to Enstone for a look around privately please drop me a message and I can try to be on-site to open up the aircraft, weather permitting.

As always, many thanks for the ongoing interest and support.

Neil

FEBRUARY ’22 UPDATE: Back to our normal monthly update format after our 2021 overview. February has been, by UK standards, pretty stormy, with a couple of damaging storms ripping across the country. I was pleased to find no damage to XX764 after both storms and everything on-site remained intact, but with the weather proving unkind, progress this month has still been somewhat limited.

I’ve been continuing with the ongoing repairs to the spine harness and the end of this task is almost in sight (with ‘just’ the airframe side wiring to sort out when the weather improves).

I managed to locate a ‘real’ Laser Electronics Unit and replaced out the ballast unit that I’d fitted previously in the bay.

Someone got in touch via our Facebook page and donated these training notes, hugely appreciated.

Training notes.

The damaged tail section on one of our droptanks has been replaced.

Replacing this tail section will leave me with a section that is surplus to requirements.

Surplus droptank section.

The ongoing hunt and sourcing of parts continues. Some of the interesting parts found this month includes some specialist tooling for installing the pylons and tailplanes and these cockpit rim protectors.

Cockpit rim protectors.
New tooling.

Finally, for this month, I’ve fitted our Mk117 Retarded Tail to one of our 1000lb Practice Bombs, a nice little workout….Both elements obviously require repainting at some point.

Apologies for the briefness of the update this month. March is busy for me in the ‘real’ work world but hopefully by the time I get back to the aircraft the weather will really start to improve and progress can get back up to speed. Just another one of the downsides of an aircraft based outside 24/7….

As always, many thanks for the ongoing interest and support.

Neil

2021 UPDATE: Firstly, a belated Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a safe and healthy Christmas and New Year break. Rather than just a conventional monthly update for December and January, I thought I’d use this update as an end-of-year report with an overview of some of the highlights of the past twelve months, as well as looking forwards to 2022 and some of the aims I have for the coming year.

2021 Highlights:

Engine start panel – During lockdown the engine start panel was rewired back from GR.3 to GR.1 spec

 Nosewheel bay air conditioning installation – All the missing components of the cockpit air conditioning installation in the nosewheel bay were finally assembled and refitted.

Refuelling installation – I managed to track down an in-flight refuelling set of parts (all of which were missing originally) and refitted.

Nose leg refurbishment – The heavily corroded noseleg was finally refurbed back to a presentable condition.

Heatshield Bolts – All the heavily corroded bolts securing the aft keel heat shield sections were replaced (quite an investment!!)

Spine Harness wiring – The cut wiring at the forward area of the spine has all been terminated into mil-spec connectors in preparation for eventually refitting the full spine harness.

DC (Battery) Power – With the spine wiring all terminated and made electrically safe, the nosewheel bay AC and DC Junction Boxes were finally checked over before applying battery power to the aircraft. I have also powered up the standby (static) inverter for essential AC.

Ground Intercom – With power back on the aircraft I’ve made up an adaptor cable to be able to plug into the pilot’s comms wiring without the seat being fitted and tested the ground intercom socket with a pair of headsets.

Laser – The LRMTS (Laser Range and Marked Target Seeker) head has been fitted.

Paintwork – Some time has been spent trying to stabilise and, to an extent, restore the paintwork on the airframe. I know that the long term solution is a full repaint but with the aircraft outside 24/7 and it being a strong financial investment, currently it’s about hanging on to what I’ve got. It’s been ‘relatively’ successful (the green has come up better than the grey which is pretty poor still) but will always be a battle. Additionally the 226OCU markings, which had been painted over, have been revealed.

Avionics Bays – The final missing component (an Air Data Computer) has been located and fitted. Both bays now have a complete complement of units installed but as to their serviceability, this has yet to be established (most don’t need to work to be honest).

Open House Event – Back in August we were able to hold an Open House day which seemed to go down quite well with all that attended. It was also great to meet a few people that have been following progress for a while and have a connection with the aircraft at various stages of it’s history. I’ll definitely look to make this an ongoing annual event.

On-site Storage/Workshop space – At the tail end of the year we had the opportunity to expand our storage and workshop capacity at Enstone. This will prove invaluable in terms of consolidating and cataloguing our spare parts.

Merchandise and Donations – Away from the aircraft, we were pleased to team up with the team at Flyingraphics to design our own tee-shirt design which went on sale during the year to expand out small merchandise range. It seems to have been well received so thanks to those that have already ordered one as well as all the other merchandise items bought throughout the year. 

Finally, a huge thank you to those that have made donations this year.

Plans for 2022:

Ground Power Generator – With the aircraft now able to be powered up, getting our 25kVA Ground Power Unit serviceable becomes more important as it will allow me to start getting some of the electrical and avionics systems hopefully back on-line where possible.

Spine – As well as continuing with the restoration of the spine wiring, which is on-going, I’ll also be looking to rebuild the pipework and control runs that are all currently missing.

Tailplane and Rudder Hydraulic installation – The whole rear end control systems have been previously removed and are currently missing. I have been accumulating parts and will be looking to rebuild the hydraulic actuator/control pipework systems.

Cockpit – As I gradually reintroduce power to various systems there will be plenty of troubleshooting to undertake, I don’t anticipate too many parts working and to be honest most don’t need to, but Im keen to get as much working as I possibly can.

I’m sure more tasks will present themselves over the course of the year but these are a starting point. As usual I’ll always be constantly adding to my parts stock – every panel that gets removed seems to have something missing behind it so I am continually updating my missing parts lists.

So that’s about it as an overview of 2021 and a clue of what 2022 hopefully holds. I’ll aim to hold an Open House in the Summer but this will be planned as we get further into the year. As always there will be plenty of updates through our usual social media channels and if anyone needs/wants to get in touch just ping me a message.

As always, many thanks for the ongoing interest and support.

Neil

NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE: Winter has really started to make it’s presence felt in the UK this month, hopefully everyone is doing OK and hasn’t been too badly affected by the recent bout of bad weather.

Following on from last month and the expansion of our storage and workshop capacity at Enstone this month has again been predominantly spent sorting out our infrastructure and spares.

Our ‘new’ seat servicing stand is now fulfilling it’s role with our seat loaded. We’ve still got a long shortage list for quite a few parts for the seat and along with plenty of other areas, it’s still work in progress but there’s no rush to get this complete.

Seat Servicing Stand

On the aircraft I’ve sourced a pair of surplus Ground Intercom headsets through our old friend eBay. I’ve also made an adaptor cable to be able to plug into the comms connector that would normally attach to the seat and an extension cable for the external intercom socket. This has all now been tested and is working fine so will be useful when it come to safely powering up and testing various cockpit controlled systems later in the restoration.

In the cockpit the Attitude Indicator (Artificial Horizon) has been replaced for a spare as the unit I’d originally fitted popped the circuit breaker as soon as power was applied. Such is the nature of sourcing parts of unknown serviceability from places like eBay – it’s one thing to fill a hole but another to find something that has a limited level of functionality (the odd shiny bolt will be touched in with a spot of black paint at some point!)

‘New’ Attitude Indicator

Prior to replacing the Attitude Indicator the coaming panel was removed as I’ve got plenty to do behind the instrument panels in the Spring. A final view of the cockpit before sealing it up to keep the worst of the Winter weather out…

Cockpit with coaming panel removed.

A cockpit has now been tape sealed and double covered with an additional tarpaulin.

Canopy covered.

I was lucky enough to come across this original Jaguar outboard pylon, complete with attachment hardware and ERU still installed.

Additionally we’ve found these New/Old Stock Static port blanks.

Static port blanks.

Finally a quick image from our security camera of some of the winter weather that’s getting us in the Festive spirit at Enstone.

Thanks to everyone that has ordered items from our merchandise range (details under the ‘Merchandise’ link at the top of the page). With Christmas now just around the corner we’re ready to supply all your Jaguar XX764 gifting needs and all proceeds roll directly back into assisting the aircraft.

As always, many thanks for the ongoing interest and support.

Neil

OCTOBER 2021 UPDATE: A somewhat more curtailed update this month after September’s progress in getting power back on the aircraft..

This month has, in the most part been concentrated on expanding and enhancing our storage and workshop capacity at Enstone. As those that have visited us in the past will know, we were previously renting half of the 40′ ISO container located next to the aircraft. The remainder of the container became available in October so we have taken on the additional space and spent some time in getting it organised into an effective parts store and workshop space.

We have also added a couple of additional items of ground support equipment this month.

An Ejection Seat servicing stand will help make the seat much easier to move around whilst it remains out of the aircraft and am still hunting for parts to complete it.

We’ve also adapted a small trolley to accept an external battery to provide 24VDC whilst we are starting to power up various airframe systems. This will save refitting and removing our donated Jaguar battery.

In terms of tasks on the aircraft this month the news is more limited. I have sourced and fitted an RF Distribution Box in the TACAN unit bay (I still need to locate a TACAN unit!).

And that’s about it for October’s news. As we start to get deeper into the winter I’ll soon be looking to get the cockpit fully wrapped up for the worst of the weather. I’ve still got plenty of other areas to concentrate over the next few months and now with power back on the aircraft I need to keep the cockpit as dry as possible.

Christmas is fast approaching and our merchandise page is still ready to supply all your Jaguar XX764 gifting needs with all proceeds roll directly back into assisting the aircraft.

Thanks, as always, for the ongoing interest and support.

Neil

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SEPTEMBER 2021 UPDATE: True to form September’s update appears well into October, sorry about that.

This month has seen some solid progress in several areas on the aircraft.

As we start to prepare for the winter and the less favourable time of year for outdoor tasks there are still a few tasks that I’d like to get ticked off the to-do list before I seal up the cockpit for the duration.



At the start of the month a second seat was located which had a couple of items that were missing from our seat. The harness retraction unit was removed and fitted to our seat, quite an involved job that meant stripping both seats substantially.

One of the major aims for this year has been to restore electrical power to the aircraft. Although the AC and DC distribution boxes in the nosewheel bays have been complete for a while now and all the control units located and fitted, the major area holding me back has been the wiring damage at the front of the spine. This all needed to be made electrically safe and prepared for eventually reinstalling the repaired spine harness (which is still work in progress). With a large amount of wiring to be sorted I initially started with this pair of co-ax aerial cables:



The cut wiring was all separated into distinct bundles and terminated into mil-spec connectors. These connectors will be mirrored on the harness that will eventually be refitted to the spine and will mean that should the wing need to be removed in the future it will become a far simpler task (and not need to be cut!).









With this wiring all terminated into connectors I then set about powering up the aircraft for probably the first time in roughly 20 years. This has been done initially (and tentatively) with an external 24V Battery. All the cockpit circuit breakers were tripped and isolated as I wanted to power systems up in a controlled manner. There are only a few essential systems powered on the battery bus-bar.







With DC power safely online I then reconnected the static inverter to power the Essential AC bus-bar.

There is still plenty to do and plenty to check but I’m quite pleased to get past this initial hurdle, especially when this was our starting point in the cockpit all those years ago….

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As well as the restoration of limited power to the aircraft a few more tasks have also been ticked off.

A replacement canopy seal has been located and fitted:





And in the fin the missing compass flux valve installation has been replaced. A new flux valve has been fitted, all the missing bracketry has been sourced and a new electrical loom made and fitted.





It was also nice to find this piece of Jaguar related memorabilia this month. An original printer’s proof sheet of iconic Airfix model kit box art that has been signed by artist Roy Cross.





That about wraps up September’s news.

Don’t forget that with Christmas (yes, I did say Christmas) approaching that our merchandise page is still ready to supply all your Jaguar XX764 needs and all proceeds roll directly back into assisting the aircraft.

Thanks, as always, for the ongoing interest and support.

Neil

AUGUST 2021 UPDATE: Slightly more on time this month!

Although I’ve lost a couple of weeks this month due to work commitments in France, there are still a couple of areas that we’ve made some progress in and of course early in the month we held our Open House day.

A few panels opened up on our Open House Day. Photo courtesy of Neil Hutchinson Photography.

We finally were able to welcome a few visitors to Enstone for our 2021 Open House. Many thanks to those that took the time to pre-register and then brave a fairly poor weather forecast for what turned out to be a fairly average British Summer Day.

Hopefully everyone that came found it interesting and huge thanks to those that made donations and bought some of our merchandise.

If you came and I didn’t get a chance to have a chat over the course of the day, apologies.

A nice cockpit study from the Open Day by Dave Griffiths Images.

Subsequent to the Open Day a few more tasks on the aircraft have been ticked off the ‘to do’ lists. The throttle rods have been reconnected in the left hand console (after the seized throttles were removed to free them off) and the repainted side panels have been refitted.

In the fin the missing ILS aerial baluns have been sourced and fitted.

And in the cockpit the damaged glare shield on the PWR Repeater panel has been removed and a new one has been fabricated.

On the starboard side the missing Refuel Panel has been refitted having been tested prior on the bench to make sure all the annunciators illuminate (not that I anticipate actually really using it).

And finally, our tall set of steps have received some love – and an additional coat of paint.

Thanks, as always, for the ongoing interest and support.

Neil

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JULY 2021 UPDATE: Hmmm, well having been a bit tardy in getting the site updated for June going into July, I’m in exactly the same boat for July into August. Apologies for that.

In terms of progress on the aircraft this month most of the focus has been in catching up with fitting a few items ahead of the Open House day (last weekend – a full update on that in August’s end of month round up).

I’ve finally got round to completing the nosing refurb (the first image gives an idea of the starting point). The clips securing the wiring on the starboard side and pipework on the port were fitted after the photos were taken. The new paintwork still looks a bit fresh but I’m sure it will tone down with a bit of weathering. It’s been a bit of a long slog but it’s nice to get this now looking fairly tidy. There is still plenty to do in the nosewheel bay but getting the leg finished and the door refitted is a decent start.



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Starboard side console panels fitted.

Having sourced the final missing unit for the starboard console in the cockpit it was just a case of giving it all a final eyeball over and hoover out before fitting the repainted side panels.



Arrestor hook installed

Having worked my way around (and spending a small fortune) replacing the heat shield bolts I turned my attention to getting the arrestor hook refitted. There was the not-so-small task of overcoming the powerful extension spring which, with the hook removed, was locked at 90 degrees to the airframe. A copious amount of swearing as well as a decent level of brute force seemed to do the trick but to err on the safe side the hook is not under it’s in-service spring tension. I do have the proper ground lock pin somewhere but can’t put my hand on it immediately so a temporary bolt was initially fitted to hold the hook in place. The access hatches to the lower bolts for the tailplane PFCU’s are removed as the tail area is still on the to-do list.



LRMTS head fitted

And finally this month I refitted the Laser Ranger and Marked Target Seeker (LRMTS) head unit in the nose chisel. I’d sourced this unit a fair while ago now but wanted to get the air conditioning system around the laser installed as well, the cooling fans and door actuators had all long since gone but this area is all complete now.

As mentioned earlier last weekend (7th Aug) saw our 2021 Open House. I’ll do a proper write-up on this for the end of August update.

Thanks, as always, for the ongoing interest and support.

Neil



JUNE 2021 UPDATE: Well, firstly apologies that this update comes a few days late as we are now well into July, I’ll try and be more prompt going forwards.

June has seen progress in several areas, some of which I am focussing on ahead of our Open House which is still on course for August the 7th. More details on that further down the page.

One avionics unit I don’t really anticipate being able to locate is the Laser Electronics Unit that would have lived in the lower access panel under the main avionics bays, so when this original dummy ballast unit became available it was the perfect opportunity to fill the aperture with the next best alternative.

Hidden message!

It’s always nice to stumble on some hidden treasure and these messages written on the inner face of the Ajax cover panel were a bonus find when cleaning the panel. If you can’t quite make it out it reads “From Abingdon with all our love – Back to you with laughter”

I’m continuing to make progress revealing the painted-over 226OCU squadron emblems on the intakes, this is the port side.

And the stbd tail number is also starting to reappear.

I’ve been able to source original spec bolts to replace the heavily corroded fasteners on the rear heatshields. Not cheap but they look infinitely better than the bolts coming out (some of which needed some heavy persuasion!)

Having accumulated all the parts required to rebuild the missing in-flight refuelling probe and arm installation it was time to refit the arm assembly. I still need to install the electric linear motor that opens the lower door but it’s 95% done now and looks the part. Eventually (!!) I’d really like to be able to extend this using the hydraulics – we’ll see if that’s a realistic aim at a later date!

And finally for this month, I have managed to locate a tail unit to be able to kit one of our 1000lb bombs. This Mk117 retarded tail has petals which open with a stowed parachute inside (photo of a deployed tail from the Newark Air Museum for reference).

As mentioned earlier we are still ‘All Systems Go’ for our Open House on Saturday August 7th. There is now a dedicated page here on the website (Open House 2021 tab in the main menus) and it would be greatly appreciated if you could take the time to register on the Eventbrite link. Although we should be clear of the current Covid restrictions by early August (I say that hopefully!!) registering will give us much better visibility on the numbers to anticipate welcoming and will help with the catering arrangements etc.

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.

Neil

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.

Neil

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APRIL 2021 UPDATE: Thankfully the gradual releasing of the COVID restrictions have meant we can really start to get back into the various joblists that have been on the back burner for most of the winter. April has seen progress on a number of fronts and it’s good to be back at Enstone on a regular basis (work commitments allowing) to move things forwards.

One of the first major tasks this month was to rebuild the cockpit air conditioning system that was completely missing when we bought the aircraft. Over time I have been rebuilding a kit of parts to refit the installation. It’s all now back in and the aft section of the nosewheel bay is pretty much complete. There’s a fair amount of wire locking to work around but I’ll hit that all in one go at a later date.



The refurbed Inflight Refuelling probe actuator has been refitted (more wire locking on the to-do list





We have also finally managed to track down an IFR pipe. It has a coupling adaptor and light pipe fitted but I have both in better condition in our parts stash so these will be swapped over before the pipe is fitted.



A major area of focus this month has been the noseleg. It was really starting to suffer from surface corrosion (I think it’s a cast magnesium alloy) so it has been thoroughly cleaned back to stabilise the condition and then filled and primed prior to repainting. It’s work in progress but is starting to look a lot better.



In the cockpit the aft bulkhead has been re-blacked where the original paint had badly faded. I’ve also sourced a cockpit altitude switch which has been cleaned up and fitted.



I’ve also had a play around and double-checked the fit of our ERU’s on one of the practice bombs.



And finally for this month we have been trialling some paint restoration. I’d thought that the paint was beyond help (in some areas it definitely is) but a complete repaint at the moment is a big financial step. In the meantime we can definitely give the exterior a freshen up and I have a few ideas on getting some life back into the grey next.


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This month’s big merchandise news was the launch of our bespoke T-Shirt range, produced in association with our friends over at Flyingraphics (www.flyingraphics.com). Available both through the merchandise page here on the site (to UK buyers) and internationally through our eBay seller account (search for ‘jaguarXX764’) the shirts are available in four colours and a full range of sizes. Many thanks to everyone who has already purchased shirts (some of the benefits are already being seen in the tasks detailed above). As always with all our merchandise sales, the proceeds roll directly back to benefit the aircraft.





Finally, as usual, many thanks for sticking with us and the ongoing support and interest.

Neil

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MARCH 2021 UPDATE: Finally some light appears as we approach (hopefully) the end of the lockdown tunnel. Here in the UK most of March has been spent in the tail end of our strict stay home lockdown but this has now started to ease and just before the end of the month we were allowed to start moving around with less restrictions.

So whilst the majority of the news this month still comes in the form of further sub-assembly tasks, we were able to get some jobs actually done on the aircraft at the tail end of March.:

The inflight refuelling installation had been previously been completely removed so sourcing replacements components has been high on the job list for a while. This hydraulic actuator, removed from another airframe, needed a cosmetic tidy up before it gets reinstalled in XX764. The next job will be to find a refuelling pipe!

The cockpit side consoles panels have all received a fresh coat of paint and missing Dzus fasteners replaced where required. When I’m happy that I’m done in terms of cleaning up the cockpit these will get refitted.

I’ve also finally got back on to the chopped spine harness. In order to get the aircraft electrically safe when we re-apply power I need to get all the cut harnesses terminated and the wiring that runs along the spine of the aircraft terminated to reattach the wings and tail electrically. It’s definitely time-consuming task as I need to record all the wire ID’s as I fit the connectors so that the cables on the aircraft side all match up. There are around 15 cut points like this to terminate on the loom with the same still needing to be done on the aircraft side.

Even whilst we were under lockdown the hunt for missing parts and spares continued. March’s new arrivals were these:

One rather exciting this month find was the (almost) final missing unit to complete the cockpit fit. The Fusing Unit had eluded me up until now so it’s been good to finally track one down. It was cleaned up on the bench prior to taking over to Enstone.

So finally as the month drew to a close the restrictions lifted to the extent that we were able to return to Enstone and start making some in-roads into the job list. The first task was to check that there hadn’t been any major water ingress into the cockpit over the winter. The canopy and windscreen had been double covered with covers and then a tarpaulin but it was still relief to find the cockpit dry. I then set about refitting a few of the parts that had been on the bench over the winter including the refurbed Engine Start Panel, the standby compass and the newly acquired Fusing Panel.

I still have a few things to do in the cockpit in terms of cleaning etc and would like to source a HUD camera but this is the cockpit as it now sits today:

And in terms of the nose avionics bays it’s nice to see some real progress filling the holes we inherited when we bought the aircraft:

The end of lockdown and the road map for the lifting of restrictions still gives us cause for optimism in terms of being able to hold some form of Open House at some point during the summer, if there is sufficient interest. When I can finalise a date it will be communicated through our social media channels as well as here on the website.

Thanks, as always, to everyone that continues to support us with ongoing purchases from our merchandise range which all directly assist with the sourcing of further parts. This month’s new additions have been directly assisted by sales of merchandise as well as some of the surplus parts that we continue to sell through out ebay seller profile ‘jaguarXX764’.

This month we have also added to our small range of face coverings available through the Red Bubble website. Have a look here for more information: https://www.redbubble.com/people/NeilAtterbury/shop?asc=u

And finally, as usual, many thanks for sticking with us and the ongoing support and interest.

Neil