The Victor engineering team have enjoyed their well earned break and it is back to work on Sunday July 3rd. Terry is happy with Tina, all the previous hard work means that the aircraft will just need ticking over and an anti det run before the Open Day on Sunday August 28th. The team’s many faceted talents are to be directed at Nimrod XV226 which unfortunately did not run on the May Open Day and Martin felt very dejected. There are two issues – the braking system and No 2 engine. The hypothesis on the brakes, which are binding when under engine power but not when closed down, centres on the brake selector module in the nose bay. Terry will grease himself up and shimmy down there to explore. No 2 engine is thought to be a fuel problem which may be cured by a bit of agricultural throttle handling when we do an anti det run. Fortunately we have one of the best forceful throttle handlers around as I can vouch for closely observing about a hundred AAR contacts in a previous life. Here’s to success!!!
Bob Tuxford took a break from the take off demonstrations to be in the Victor tent to promote and sign copies of his autobiography ” Contact”. His publisher, John Davies, of Grubb Street Publishers, was on hand all day selling copies. In fact, John enjoyed himself so much he aims to be back for the August Open Day.
Glyn and Mike were on hand lending support and adding their signatures when requested.
In the early hours of the 10th May 1973 Victor SR2 XL230 of No 543 Squadron crashed during an approach in bad weather at RAF Wyton. Unfortunately all 6 crew members were killed. The Copilot was Flight Lieutenant John Phillips and his daughter, Hannah, who never knew her Father, contacted Chris Long, a friend of John’s from pilot training and the squadron, to discover more about her Father. Chris was able to get a number of No 543 Squadron colleagues with personal reminiscences in contact with Hannah. This culminated in a visit by Hannah and partner Greg to the CWJ Open Day on the 29th May. Hannah was given a guided tour of Teasin’ Tina by Mike, who also served with John. In a former life XM715 was also an SR2 on No 543 Squadron. Hannah spent time in the cockpit in the seat her Father would have occupied and looking at the view he would have had. It was a privilege to facilitate such a poignant event.
Bob Tuxford launched his memoirs, “Contact” at CWJ Open Day on 29th May and signed personal copies in the Victor tent. Prior to the event, he was presented with a cake depicting his book at the team dinner at the Shires. Brendon was the instigator and the cake tasted lovely after the usual 14oz steak!!