Wheels Painted

Following our recent work to protect the landing gear legs on our Trident, this past week we also worked on the tyres to make them a bit smarter. Here you can see Tony painting the tyres with wheel paint. Their long years outside in all kinds of weather means they had become quite faded. The finished result looks much nicer and, combined with the freshly painted legs...
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Main Gear Leg Work

Last weekend we did some work on the port side main landing gear leg of G-ARPO. Sitting outside in the open air over time leads to metal corroding and rust forming, so we took the time to clean up the leg and the underside of the wing stub. We then applied a coat of protective paint, and then a layer of white paint The leg looks really smart again. We'll be doing t...
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Historic Crew Uniforms Collection

This week we added to our historic crew uniforms collection on display aboard our Trident. Through the years the airlines that flew G-ARPO - British European Airways and British Airways (plus our adopted Northeast Airlines and its predecessor BKS) introduced different uniforms for cabin crew to wear. Many of these were iconic and represented different eras. We...
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Elders Plant Hire Cut the Grass

With the museum's grass mower out of action at the moment, this weekend we had some help from local company Elders Plant Hire and Garden Services. The company came along and cut all of the main areas of grass at the museum, including that outside our Trident. We and NELSAM are incredibly grateful to Elders for this sponsorship and the help they gave in making the site pr...
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Spring Wash

We took the opportunity of some good drying weather to give our Trident a wash last weekend. Using some good grime remover, the winter's dirt came off the fuselage easily, leaving G-ARPO shining in the sun. The rain even made an appearance later to give it a final rinse. Remember we'll be starting our regular opening days in April, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of...
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Trident Seatbelts Installed

One of the most common questions people ask when visiting our Trident (after 'where are the toilets' and 'did planes really used to have ash trays!?') is 'where are the seatbelts?' Nearly all of the original belts were removed when G-ARPO was retired back in 1983 and so we've not been fully complete in our restoration with them being missing. However, now we have mana...
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Happy Christmas and 2018 Review

We want to take an opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year from all at Save The Trident. It's been another great year for the project, with a number of key moments.   Most importantly, we've welcomed hundreds of people on board G-ARPO this year on our regular opening days - of which there were more than in previous years. We get a lot of great feed...
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A view from the wing of our Trident

  Here's a photo we just came across showing the view over the wing of a Trident at an airport in the early 1970s. But look a little closer... you'll see that the registration painted on the wing of that Trident is G-ARPO - our very own aircraft! We love to see picture of G-ARPO in service, so if you have any in your collection please send them to us!
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G-ARPO Hosts Local Firefighters

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were on site at the museum today to take part in a training exercise which focussed on our Trident. In glorious sunshine, the staged incident saw dummies placed inside the aircraft and fire fighters tasked with simulating the exercise to assess the situation, deal with (an imaginary) fire, reach the casualties and...
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More Parts Rescued from Trident at Belfast

Last week we had the opportunity to go and rescue some parts from the Trident 2E at Belfast International to use in the restoration of G-ARPO. The Trident there is used by the airport fire service, and we had a very successful trip in the early days of our project to find lots of useful parts which have been use in our aircraft. This time we were able to take a select...
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