Posts made in April, 2011

G-ARPO’s Flight Log

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 in Featured articles, Project News | 1 comment

Since starting the project, we’ve been collecting information about our Trident 1C’s life flying passengers around Europe. Many former pilots who flew the aircraft, as well as passengers who took flights on her, have come forward and offered their personal log books which detail the flights. This give a fascinating insight into G-ARPO as she flew for both British European Airways and British Airways out of London Heathrow. At times she whiled away days running Shuttle flights up to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Belfast, whilst other times she could be found venturing to...

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Disappointing delay to cutting

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 in Featured articles, Project News | 2 comments

We met again on Thursday 14th April to continue working on the Trident. First of all, our rudder and wingtips from G-AVFE at Belfast were delivered by TNT, who had brought them across the Irish Sea. The intention today was to start cutting the wings off now that she had been moved into a better position, propped up, and had her wheels removed. We started by marking out the lines to be cut, and then Stan started scoring these with a grinder to give a better cutting line. But a major setback soon took place – a fuel leak! The aircraft had had its fuel drained when it arrived at the site...

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Trident flies again!

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 in Featured articles, Other News, Project News | 1 comment

Today there was a sight not seen for a long time… a Hawker Siddeley Trident flew again. OK, admittedly it wasn’t under its own power, and it certainly wasn’t operating the British Airways Shuttle flight into Heathrow, but Trident 1C G-ARPO lifted off the ground with the aid of two cranes from MSD as we lifted it onto specially made trestles ready for cutting the wings off. Members of the Save The Trident team met up at Durham Tees Valley to begin the last major part of dismantling. The lift was partly to move the aircraft away from the fence to give us better access to the...

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Trident move route planning and escort by JDPL

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 in Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

We wanted to give a mention to JDPL who are helping us with the move of our Trident to the museum. Colin Best, who works for JDPL, has organised this for us. They have planned the route which the aircraft will take, which is not an easy task when you consider the roundabouts, bridges and street furniture which needs to be negotiated. When the move happens, the company will also escort the vehicles carrying the aircraft to make sure everything goes to plan. This is an important job at arguably the most crucial moment in the plan so far, so we thank Colin and his team for the work...

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Joseph Parr Group supply sleepers

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 in Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

Another bit of good news has come through for the project with Joseph Parr Group (Middlesbrough) agreeing to loan us 40 railway sleepers to use in the final stage of dismantling the Trident. We will be meeting next week to remove the wings from the aircraft. These sleepers will be used to support the wings and fuselage during the process and as they’re lowered to the ground. We’re very grateful to Joseph Parr, and Dave Anderson, for arranging this. The company have depots and showrooms in both Stockton (Portrack Lane) and Benton Square Industrial Estate, Tyne & Wear. Have a...

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