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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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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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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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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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 ...
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