2018_10_12_Hunter-Assembly

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XF321 – XL578

Delivery and transport

January 2018 – October 2018


Still in Gareth

Brown‘s garden

in Burton-on-

Kendal, UK


Loading in Burton-on-Kendal, UK


Delivery at Royal Air Force Museum Laarbruch on 24 January 2018


Great help from a farmer with his Manitu and the building yard of the municipality of Weeze


Further help was provided by Training Base and the men of the community.


The second lorry with the two cockpit sections is unloaded.


Cockpitsection XL578

Cockpitsection XF321


25 January 2018

Left wing is placed

in the cinema.


The model shows the planned colour scheme after assembly.


26 January 2018 – Cockpit XL578 is hoisted onto the stage of the Astra.


5 February 2018 - Cockpit XF321 is brought into the auditorium. Without the Manitu of Training Base it would not work.


On the same day the middle part of the fuselage is transported into the cinema.


End of May the cockpit is connected to the middle part.

Only four large

screws connect

the two parts.

Nose wheel is ready

for fitting.


Landing gear mounted on right wing.


The right wing is turned over,

Landing gear down.


9 June 2018 – The nose wheel door is opened. Nose wheel is installed.


30 June 2018 –The installation of the left wing causes problems. – But in the middle of July it is accomplished.


16 August 2018 – Canopy opened by hydraulic system.


18 August 2018 – Aircraft nose mounted.

Countless screws require

a lot of time-consuming

effort to be fitted.


18 August 2018 – Canopy secured,

aircraft nose fitted.

The complete fuselage with the left wing lowered to

normal height as preparation for the assembly of

the tail section and right wing.

time-consuming „little“

jobs that have to be

done


Parts in outdoor area

and on the stage of the Astra

awaiting assembly


12th Sept. 2018

Today, with the help of

Hubert Bossmann's

young employee and

the Manitu forklift, we

have taken a big step

forward. The right wing

and the rear part of the

fuselage are now in

place in the Astra.


First task was to transport the right wing into the cinema.


After the wing the

elevator should be

placed on the tail part of

the fuselage. This

didn't quite work out as

it should and requires

some rework.


Transport into the Astra was a bit complicated.


The bulky part had to be turned several times before it would fit through the gate..


The tail was put on the mounting frame. It fitted so well that Rod started screwing it on right away.


The position of the right wing was optimized slightly to make the following assembly easier.


Final assembly status

on 12th September 2018


After all the work was done, the well deserved

coffee tasted good. Unfortunately not all are in the

picture.


Next step: Yesterday – 22 Sept - the right wing was

positioned very near the fuselage. Only a few

centimeters are missing. .

During the week

some more panels

were mounted. Some

even had to be made as

they were missing.


29 th September 2018

Today the right wing was mounted to the

fuselage. All the bolts are fixed..

The team of technicians did a superb job.


Monday, 01. October 2018

Training Base helped with their Manitu to lift the

complete aircraft. That way all the pallets could be

removed.

Now the Hunter is standing on its own landing gear.

For safety's sake, light support is still necessary, as the

Hunter wanted to lift her nose slightly on the sloping

cinema floor.. ;)


Friday, 12 th October 2018

Martin Kunz starts with the preliminary work for

painting. He has covered everything around the

Hunter well. Against all expectations, sanding doesn't

make as much dust as expected. Well done ;)

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