Posts Tagged "G-ARPO"

Lights in action!

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Featured articles, Project News | 2 comments

We thought we’d show you some pictures of recent work inside G-ARPO. We’ve been adding power to the aircraft to allow us to install lighting in various places. So far we’ve managed to add lights to the toilets, certain signs, and even the forward galley. Discrete power sockets have also been installed which will help us in the future when we want to clean, or set up displays. Here are some pictures…   In other news, we hope to move the aircraft out of the museum’s car park in the very near future. This will involve crane hire which will wipe out most of...

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When G-ARPO’s engine exploded!

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 in About G-ARPO, Featured articles | 1 comment

We recently spoke to another former pilot of our Trident 1C, John Preston, who recounted the story of the only emergency in his flying career which actually took place on G-ARPO. As part of the crew preparing to fly the aircraft back to London from Rome on 1st October, 1970, upon commencing their take-off run the number 1 engine suddenly exploded causing them to abandon take-off immediately. Upon inspection, they found that all but the outer casing of the engine had disintegrated, spreading fragments of metal all over the runway and even penetrating one of the rear toilets on board the...

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Move to Sunderland in pictures

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 in Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

The move of Trident G-ARPO up to the North East Aircraft Museum at Sunderland went like a dream. Over two days, we were helped by lots of great people and companies, including (in no particular order): MSD Cranes, JDPL, Serco for their co-operation, Give Svaergods and JParr (Mboro). Also a big thanks to Northumbria Police for arranging the escort team (Cleveland and Durham Police bikes) from so early in the morning, and not charging us for this service. They made sure the roads were clear and that no problems were encountered. We appreciate it and couldn’t have done it without them....

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Can you help with our costs? Time is short!

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 in Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

As we approach move date at the speed of a Trident in cruise (fastest subsonic airliner in its day, don’t you know!), we’ve been landed with a big insurance bill to top us up to the required amount for the move. This amounts to an extra £2000 in costs, which we just don’t have lying around! In addition to this, the cost of the move is a little more than anticipated. Can you help us with our costs? We are very grateful to everyone who has donated so far and it has ALL gone towards the project. However, time is running out and we want to ask if anyone can help us pay for this...

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Move date announced

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 in Featured articles, Project News | 5 comments

We can now announce the date we will move Trident 1C G-ARPO up to the North East Aircraft Museum at Sunderland. The date set by our transport permit is Sunday 31st July. We will begin on Saturday 30th by moving the aircraft from Serco’s fire training ground at Teesside and lifting it over the various gates that the load will be too wide to travel through. Then, early on the Sunday morning the aircraft (spread over a couple of low-loaders) will proceed across to the A66 eastbound, then onto the A19 northbound all the way to Sunderland. Here, it will be lifted over the fence into the...

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