The weather couldn't have been worse - it was bucketing down and I could hardly see the hills as I drove the long track around to the museum from the Gatehouse.
Do click on the pictures to see some of the detail on the plane.
I had to climb up a huge ladder, safely tied up with rope to the scaffold and was given a fancy rubbing down thing, like a plastic holder on Velcro with a stick on sanding pad. Very effective used with a bit of water. I was standing on the wing! Woo hoo! The closest I will get to being a Breitling Wingwalker. It was so exciting! When I looked at the enormity of the project I thought it was an impossible task. We all set to doing our various bits and owning a section (I had bagged the RAF roundel as part of my work). I was working in a triangular shape from a narrow top opening out to the back of the port wing. The wing sections in between the rivets were just under or about 2ft. We didn't only have to sand, we had to get it to feel smooth to the touch and there was lots of camouflage paint on there which was very gritty. About 30 rubs each way had to be done before the surface was satisfactory to provide a surface for preparation/painting. Then every so often we'd grab a pressure washer (great fun, particularly when you wanted to give someone a wee shower!!!!! HAHAHA) NB: No humans were drowned in this operation and it was under cover as well
|Look at the extent of this, it's incredible.|
|This tail needs quite a bit of work to it.|
|Some of the lovely guys who I was working with, Hmm, I was the only female.|
|In addition to the piece of wing leading down to this I wanted to claim this one.|
Of course you have to have your photo taken in strategic places, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
|Dave, one of the volunteers, just had to pose here! This is for the girls! You can see what a mucky job plane sanding is!|
|You just gotta do it! Guy Martin went down this and checked the compression blades. There is actually one engine down there.|
|This is showing the compressor blades in the engine, right down that tunnel!|
|What a shame, this is the cockpit on XM603, sadly in a terrible state. I hope they manage to restore it. Someone left the ladders down and I just had to get up there and investigate. I was really mucky - note the kneepads.|
Once again, I am sorry if I am boring people with the Vulcan offerings, but it is very important to me and I am so proud to have had a hand in the restoration of this beautiful plane. There will be more work done next week, I hope to get over there one of the days.