Trident Ditching Trials Video

During the development of the Hawker Siddeley Trident, a series of trials were conducted to investigate how the aircraft would perform in a ditching scenario. Now, a rare video has emerged which was created from the still photographs taken as the model Trident was launched to simulate landing on water. We've got the video for you here to enjoy. Thankfully no Trident e...
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Tail Fin Painted

Following on from our work last weekend painting the horizontal stabiliser (read the article here), we took advantage of the good weather this weekend to paint the vertical tail fin in bright, Northeast yellow. Obviously we could only do half (or a little over half) of the fin as we would need a crane to flip it over. But by doing this we take a little step closer to com...
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Horizontal Stabiliser Painted

This past weekend we managed to get a big milestone completed in the restoration of G-ARPO. The horizontal stabiliser, which was removed before we transported the Trident to Sunderland, was painted in the bright yellow colours of Northeast Airlines. While we are not yet in a position to reattach the tail and wings to the fuselage, this process helps to protect the stabil...
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Completed G-ARPO Model With Our Decals

A while back we were gifted sets of decals representing our Trident 1C aircraft, G-ARPO, in the colours that we have chosen to restore her in, with correct registration and other details. These were kindly provided by 26 Decals, and they fit the 1/144 scale models of the Trident 1C which are still available second-hand (or you may have stored away waiting to be built!). ...
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Port Wing Stub Sanded and Painted

Over the past month we've been working on the wing stubs that are still attached to Trident G-ARPO. We spent a lot of time (and elbow grease) polishing the port side leading edges, which now shine like new! We have also sanded the top of the wing and painted it an authentic grey colour in keeping with Northeast Airlines. Next step is to work on the starboa...
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Nose Wheel Painted

While the world has been on lockdown we've been doing what we can to look after our Trident. Naturally we're really sad that we haven't been able to open G-ARPO up to visitors so far this year, but we will be back as soon as it's safe. In the meantime, we've been carrying out a schedule of works and maintenance. Last weekend we worked on painting the nosewheels and su...
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The Quirks of Trident G-ARPO

All over our Trident, G-ARPO, there are unusual items and features to discover which hint at its former life as an airliner flying hundreds of thousands of passengers over many miles around the UK and Europe. Some of these features are part of the airframe and cabin, while others are part of the displays we’ve put together since restoring her and opening her up to the publi...
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G-ARPO 2020 Open Dates

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Would you like to visit Trident 1C G-ARPO and see inside the cabin and cockpit? We try to open every second and fourth Saturday between April and October, as well as special events at the museum. ** Please Note: Due to the Covid-19 virus we are unlikely to be open until later in the year. We will keep you updated. Our planned open dates for 2020 are: Saturday 1...
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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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