posted on Oct, 17 2007 @ 11:34 AM
Defence Diary: 17 October 2007
Today 17 October 2007
Media Event at Copehill Down, to demonstrate simulation equipment used on operations by the Army.
23 Pioneer Regiment return to their base in Bicester from Afghanistan.
Tomorrow 18 October 2007
Defenec Minister Mr Twigg to present medals to Henry Francis who recently had his medals stolen.
Vulcan bomber expected to take off from Bruntingthorpe Airfield today for a test flight.
Mr Twigg launches election registration for Service Personnel.
Marquee`s are going up midway down the runway.
Concord will never fly again
XH588 is actually very special - when she landed at brunners in 1992 the entire team knew she would fly again and asked all the spares suppliers that
they would be used again - and not to scrap all the equipment.
Also when she arrived they had a warehouse full of spares - from the display spares kit and from scavenged vulcans around the country.
so here we are 16 years later - and all the calibration gear has been wheeled out and checked then used all the spares could be machines etc.
None of this is available for concord - spares have been ebayed , machines scrapped or sold. there is nothing left to restore concord - all the
machines would have to be made for the project - and think how much it would cost to remake a 1 off copy for 1 use for 1 aircraft.
I would hope that 1 aircraft could have the same magic - and she is ground running at bruntingthorpe XM715 is one of only 2 ground running ones left
sadly - a shame as these were in service tankers in 1993 and served in GW1.
Anyway - fast taxi trials are over - today she topped 130 decision - NO ROTATE ordered, streamed chute to slow down
[edit on 17/10/07 by Harlequin]