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Pilots’ Instrument Panel

To show our recent progress Kev has mounted the pilots instrument panel in a representative position on the cockpit support framework.DSC03133DSC03130DSC03131

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Engine Starter Panel Label

The elusive Engine Starter Panel label has now been reproduced thanks to the assistance of Screens and Graphics of Cottenham.DSC03114DSC03122 DSC03124 DSC03123 DSC03126 DSC03125

Pilots’ Seat Harness Adjustment Mechanism

Components  for the pilots’ Sutton harness attachment and adjustment mechanism recently machined.  DSC03111 DSC03113 DSC03112

Brake Handle Progress and Elusive Starter Panel Label

Most recent  addition to the Throttle Box is the Brake Level, yes yellow.  The level was made using a lever loaned from Parham Tower museum as a pattern.

Also a recent visit to the Fenland Museum produced the elusive Starter Panel label plus a rudder pedal with part of the strap still attached, both will now be used as patterns for the project.

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Starter Panel

The engine starter panel is now complete apart from the instruction label which fits on the spring loaded cover.  If anyone has information on the wording on the label please let the Project Team know.  We have photographs with some detail, but not all. DSC02865 DSC02869 DSC02870 DSC02871 DSC02877 DSC02874

Frame 5 and Starter Panel

Recently obtained a section of Frame 5 from below P1 seat.  Also making progress with engine starter panel.DSC02794 DSC02795 DSC02818 DSC02819 DSC02816 DSC02817

Starter Panel Progress

The starter panel is now starting to take shape with the starter button holes drilled and the mounting pillars machined.DSC02785 DSC02786 DSC02787 DSC02790 DSC02792 DSC02793

Elevator and Rudder Controls

The flight deck controls took a small set forward  last week with the assembly of the P1 and P2 elevator interconnecting shaft and rudder pedal interconnecting rod. 

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Godmanchester Bomber Command Veterans Day 25 June 2016

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.

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BAPC Membership

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.