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Colin Fee, President
Friends of the RAAF Museum Inc.
Technical staff and Volunteers have been hard at work
carrying out the Annual/200 Hour Servicing on the
Museum’s CAC Mustang. In addition to the normal servicing
requirements the Main Landing Gear (MLG) has been
removed to facilitate the inspection of the MLG pivot pins.
The pins have been removed and sent to a contractor for
Magnetic Particle Inspection. Once inspected, they will be
repainted, prepared for assembly and then refitted to the
aircraft. In conjunction with this task, inspections and
servicing of the airframe, engine, radios, instruments and
the electrical system are being carried out.
The Boxkite underwent its first engine run as a complete
aircraft recently. Despite a temperamental electrical fuel
pump, the run went as planned. The fuel pump issue is
being investigated and should be resolved shortly. Further
ground runs will be required to calibrate the tachometer,
confirm maximum revolutions per minute (RPM), and ensure
all systems are serviceable. VHF radio checks were also
carried out and the paperwork package preparation for the
aircraft is progressing very well.
Shortly, the Trident Fire Tender and the Shelvoke & Drewry
W-Type Airport Fire Tender will be moved into the P180
display hangar. Thanks to all who have contributed to the
clean-up, polishing and maintenance of the two vehicles.
It will be great to see some of the Museum’s vehicle
collection on display.
Slow but steady progress is being made on the “Wooden
Wonder” (Mosquito). The camera port ring has been
manufactured after a great deal of research and reverse
engineering. In addition to this task, the fuselage rings for
bulkhead four have been manufactured and a mould block
to facilitate repairs to the lower fuselage is currently being
After some protracted engineering issues, the strut collars
have now been fitted to the MLG on the Museum’s
Canberra Bomber and F-111G. Final adjustments are being
made to the collars for the Phantom before they are
painted and fitted. Great work by the volunteers and staff
who work in GES and the Paint Shop!
Aircraft Maintenance and Restoration
by David Jones, Technical Curator
So, another year comes to an end, well almost.
It’s been a productive year with the opening of the Strike
Hangar and the arrival of a second F-111. This has meant
more work for the display cleaning crew but we’ve taken it
in good grace, despite the recent influx of avian deposits.
The Friends’ membership has held steady although the Gift
Membership offer proved to be a boon resulting in about
10 new members. Whilst on the subject of memberships,
you’ll recall that we have moved the renewal date to March
31st so don’t be surprised if you don’t see your renewal at
this time of the year.
At the AGM in May your hard working Committee was
returned although Darryl Wells took the opportunity to step
down due to other commitments. I must take this moment
to thank Darryl for his time and effort whilst on the
Committee. Darryl continues to contribute to the efforts of
the Friends through his work as an Active Member.
Not long after in June we held another Annual Dinner at the
Yarraville Club where this year’s guest speaker was AVM
(Retd) Ted Radford who spoke about the F-111 program
from its inception to early operation. Whilst overall a
success there was a level of disappointment with the
evening which we put down to the venue. Next year
hopefully we will return to RAAF Williams, most likely to the
Laverton Officers’ Mess.
September’s Merz Lecture was another successful evening
with well in excess of 100 guests in attendance, learning
about the P-40 Kittyhawk. Despite a few technical glitches
the evening went smoothly with an enthralling talk by key-
note speaker Mr Alan Arthur, a noted P-40 owner and
driver from Albury. Alan spoke passionately about what it is
like to own and operate a warbird such as the P-40.
My thanks to the Committee for their continued support, to
the Active Volunteers for your continued efforts at making
both the Friends and the Museum a continuing success and
to Lockheed-Martin for their support of Aerogram.
2012 is shaping up to be a busy year. We’ve the Museum’s
Air Pageant to support next February, at which we’ll be
displaying Andrew Willox’s excellent BE2a, as well as
continuing to contribute to keeping the Museum the world-
class institution that it is.
There may yet be other developments that will certainly
keep us busier too, if the results of the recent visit by the
Prime Minister and the Minister for Defence Materiel are
anything to judge by.
Keep safe, enjoy your end-of-year break, if you are taking
one, and I look forward to seeing you all again in the New
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