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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8 Significant Pictures from G-ARPO’s Restoration

Looking back over the past nine years makes us realise how far we've come with our project to save Trident 1C G-ARPO. We still have a long way to go, of course, but here is a selection of pictures showing significant moments in the restoration so far...   As we found her at Teesside in 2009, after years in use as a fire trainer. A ladder is the only way into t...
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G-ARPO to Feature on CBeebies!

Our Trident, G-ARPO, will again feature on TV next week as it took part in a new episode of the CBeebies "My First" series. In it, a father will take his son to an air show for the first time. Here's the synopsis: Join Jesse as he goes to an air show for the first time. Jesse is making paper aeroplanes with his family when Dad tells him they are going to an air show. Fi...
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Trident G-ARPO 2018 Open Days

For those planning on paying a visit to Trident G-ARPO this year, we here publish our 2018 open days. As always, these are subject to change but we'll always try to notify you on our website and Facebook page if we cannot open. We will also try to open for any special events held by the museum throughout the year.   Those visiting us can expect an interesti...
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Jump Seat and Catering Trolley Additions

We've recently added two new items to our Trident interior thanks to a loan from the de Havilland Aircraft Museum. Our cockpit now sports a jump seat, whilst the galley has its very own catering trolley. Both of these items are authentic Trident parts which flew on actual aircraft - maybe even G-ARPO!  They now have pride of place and make our exhibit even more i...
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G-ARPO Log Books Updated

We've continued to receive a lot of log book details from the pilots we have made contact with who flew our Trident, G-ARPO when it was in active service. This is a really interesting part of what we're doing to restore the aircraft, uncovering details of its life between 1965 and 1983.  The log books tell us where the aircraft flew, and which pilots were at the ...
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