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G-ARPO Hosts Local Firefighters

Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in Featured, Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

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 extract them fro the ‘wreckage’. Following this, the crews had to deal with imagined contamination from the aircraft. Thankfully the chance to practice emergency exercises on a crashed airliner are few and far between, so we...

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More Parts Rescued from Trident at Belfast

Posted on Jun 23, 2018 in Featured, Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

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 selection of good window panes to replace the damaged, scratched and opaque examples on our aircraft, as well as some other useful bits. The trip was a joint venture with the guys from the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney...

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Trident G-ARPO 2018 Open Days

Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in Featured, Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

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 interesting tour of the interior of our aircraft with guidance from one of our group members. You’ll see the cabin, cockpit, memorabilia and information displays. We also have DVDs and sound effects playing to add to the...

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Jump Seat and Catering Trolley Additions

Posted on Jan 31, 2018 in Featured, Featured articles, Project News | 2 comments

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 interesting to visitors and Trident fans. We’d like to thank Alistair and Les at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney (www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk) for the kind loan of these parts, helping to...

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G-ARPO Log Books Updated

Posted on Jan 5, 2018 in Featured, Featured articles, Project News | 1 comment

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 helm. To date we’ve received logs from 300 pilots who all flew G-ARPO. This is a real achievement and we’re very pleased to have reached this milestone. If you look at our logs, you will see thousands of...

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End of Summer Cleaning

Posted on Oct 15, 2017 in Featured, Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

End of Summer Cleaning

It’s been a year since we last cleaned our Trident’s fuselage exterior, so this weekend, with the help of Warren Access, we gave the aircraft a wash. The position of the fuselage means it is prone to dirt building up particularly on one side of the fuselage, so with the appropriate industrial cleaning liquid, we used the access platform kindly provided by Warren Access we carefully removed it, leaving G-ARPO shining again. Warren Access are a specialist provider of access platforms, with bases in Newcastle and Huntingdon, and have long been supporters of our project since...

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