On 25 June the Stirling Project were in attendance at the second Godmanchester Bomber Command Veterans Day arranged byRoger Leivers. We had the opportunity to meet both veterans and enthusiasts and prompt the project’s activities. We were also able to present to Donald Jeffs a section of MacRobert’s Reply in which he a flown and a Stirling Mug.
This month the Stirling Aircraft Project visited the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby. This was because the BAPC (British Aviation Preservation Council) was holding a meeting there. The BAPC is an umbrella organisation for the UK Aviation Preservation scene including all the major Museums as well as small organisations.
We gave a presentation on what the Project was doing and hoping to do. This was well received and we were voted in as a member of the BAPC. Our Stirling Flight deck will be given a BAPC number as an unknown airframe which will allow it to be given official status. As well as this, we made some useful contacts from other member organisations who may be able to help us in the future. We also collected the 5 oxygen bottles donated to us.
Painting of the flight deck seat rails and control columns is nearing completion. The attached pics show the pilots’ seats and throttle box trial fit assembly. We also recently took deliver of some of the many required control cable pulleys, these mainly for the trim/fuel system runs in the cockpit coupe.
The pilots’ seat harness adjustment mechanism took a step further recently with the production of some of the components that make up these items. The picture shows the mounting blocks, spring sleeves and spring retaining blanks.
Recent purchases have included an auto pilot Mk 4 gyro, Flight Engineer’s station fuel cock levers and bomb release relays.