Monday, January 26, 2015

A grand Day out

Last Saturday I accompanied my pal up to Bruntingthorpe Airfield to give some TLC to the two Lightning jets XS904 in particular has had an ongoing No2 starter problem which over the years had finally given up the ghost and refused to start. The two main engineers had done some fault finding and diagnosed that the LP switch was the main culprit although the starter itself had some atomiser head and drain hole carbon problems. The IPN starter motor was given a decoke and the HFIU plugs a good clean.

The LP switch was removed and bench tested revealing switch contacts which needed badly cleaning, this was done and after testing the correct operating pressure, reassembled and fitted back on the aircraft. All the removed components were refitted and fail safe checks were carried out and proved to be working as they should, so now we have a jet which has both engines able to start properly. Anti-det runs will be carried out soon to prove all the hard work was a success and all being well the jet will be ready for the next open day to once again thrill the crowds.

I find it amazing that after all these years in RAF service, it is still possible to be able to fix things that would normally have been done as replacements rather than deep strips which are now the only method available to keep these grand old ladies in ground running condition, something that draws the crowds year after year, so well done to the guys who continue to give of their free time to make this happen.

For anyone who has never seen a HF ignitor plug, here are a couple of pics which Pete O’Callaghan took of the items before they were refitted to the IPN starter.

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Monday, January 12, 2015


My brother and sister in law visiting for my birthday took me up to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight visitor centre, had a nice coffee and a tour of the hangar. Lots of servicing going on and very interesting information learned.
Cappuccino BBMF style and very nice too.


70th Birthday

Had a brilliant birthday meal at the local Indian restaurant on Friday evening, most of the family and friends shared the night. Excellent time was had and enjoyed my meal. My daughter had a cake made for the occasion with a Scottish favourite on top, Oor Wullie. Must get this little chap displayed somewhere, absolutely superb modelling.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Here we are, festive season over and into a new year with whatever that brings. All baubles, tree, lights and other trinkets all stowed away for another year. Next milestone is my 70th Birthday, yes 70 and wondering where all the years have gone to. My brother Chic and his wife are coming down from Scotland on Thursday I believe and we are all going off for a birthday meal at the local Indian restaurant, Chicken Madras will do me just fine, washed down with a few pints of Kingfisher lager.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas festivities

Christmas festivities well and truly over for another year, had a great day with all the family round for a meal. Never seen so many gifts being handed out this year but everyone seemed to have a great time. Boxing day spent tidying up the house, sorting out all the food left over and generally trying to find space in the kitchen. Now it is Hogmanay and another year about to begin, hopefully it will be a good year for everyone. My days of traipsing round the houses have long gone, and prefer to have a nice quiet evening keeping warm and watching the celebrations on TV, followed by a wee dram on the stroke of midnight, and off to bed. Scottish New Year was a different story altogether, but these days are but a memory now. Happy New Year to all when the time comes. Cheers!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Decorations

Today is the day to get the Christmas decorations down from the loft. Tree to erect and festoon with lights and baubles. My job to hump the many boxes down and after my wife has done the tree, cart all the empty boxes back up. I usually fit lights up in the porch, which is a finger numbing job at best, but does make a start to the celebrations. My wife has made new Christmas wreaths to hang outside this year, so it is all hands to the deck. Christmas cards have started to arrive, always a good hint that it is time to get things rolling.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A nice sunny day

Been thinking of re-painting the kitchen ceiling for a while, so have taken advantage of the sunny dry weather and done just that. It had become grubby over the few years since last painted. Nice and bright for Christmas now.

Almost got my wife's Christmas gifts sorted, just waiting on the postman now and perhaps a few other things to get, but on track so far.