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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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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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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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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