Some Interior Painting Work

We lovely weather for ducks on this late June day, we were forced to retreat inside our Trident to do some work. We have started refreshing the paintwork inside the cabin, beginning with the starboard side of the rear cabin. We re-painted the white baggage racks and panels, and the result was great. On our next meeting we will work on the other side, ...
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Trident Wings Painted

Thanks to the incredible generosity of you all recently, we have been able to make a start with some important work on Trident G-ARPO. As we explained in our fundraising drive, we are not yet in a position to be able to reattach the wings and tail on the aircraft due to circumstances out of our control, we are able to make a start on preparing them and protecting them. ...
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2021 Fundraising Drive

** UPDATE 2 May 2021 You have done it! Thank you so much for your generosity. We have been able to reach our £1,000 fundraising target in only a week! We are very grateful for all of you that supported us with donations via Paypal and direct to our account. We now have the funds in place to make a start THIS MONTH on these works, and we'll be posting updates abou...
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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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