Canberra PR.3 WF922 at Midland Aviation Museum - Update March 2005
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If you have read thus far you must really like the EE Canberra as I do. So, as I really get in to an in-depth restoration period, I thought it might be a good idea to make these update reports a little more frequent. Apart from making it more relevant for you when you visit WF922 at MAM during the summer, potential visitors would maybe like to be a little bit more up to date on the detail of the project progress as well.
Having finished the last update on paintwork, and to provide a little bit of continuity (not something I am good at), thatís were I will start.
Painting and Decals
Wing Attachment Bolts
Next the rear attachments were located and once again a panel had to be drilled out to get at one side of the pin. Access was gained for the other end of the pin by lowering the flaps; there is just a single pin that is easily fitted and I actually found the correct pins that had survived all this time wedged inside a nearby stringer on either side. A repeat process on anchor nuts and the job was finished. In all it took about six working days to complete but I now know that if and when the aircraft is towed around again the loading on the main spar is distributed as the manufacturer intended.
Belly Tank Straps
F95 Camera Controller
Although it is not in exactly the same position as WE139 it is within a few inches and looks correct. The reason it couldnít be mounted exactly the same was due to different modification states of the surrounding area - not an unusual occurrence on any two Canberras of the same mark.
Canopy Demist System
Pilot's Oxygen Bottle
Two views of the internals of the Green Satin kit . . .
To finish on the radio installation topic, I have obtained a PTR175 mounting tray to fit in the fully repaired and waterproofed (I hope) top hatch, this should enable me to finish off the VHF/UHF radio installation started by Marshalls in 1975/76.
Webmaster says : Sadly although a lot of its systems now work and it looks much better, WF922 will never fly again, not even taxi under power - but this exhibit is definitely worth visiting not only to see one of only two PR.3's left in the UK, but also just to experience a true, systems-working Canberra.