XF321 – XL578
Delivery and transport
January 2018 – October 2018
Still in Gareth
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.
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
the two parts.
Nose wheel is ready
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.
jobs that have to be
Parts in outdoor area
and on the stage of the Astra
12th Sept. 2018
Today, with the help of
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
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
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
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 ;)
Saturday, 13 th October 2018
The devil is in the detail. This proves itself with the
assembly of the jetpipe. There are two different ones. The
version with the brake parachute that actually belongs to
the T7 doesn't fit as the diameter seems not to be right.
So an F6 tail is mounted for test purposes.
Martin is still busy
Wacky is building
a stand for the
Discussion of the situation over coffee
Press article in Saturday edition
of the Rheinische Post from 13.10.
Tuesday, 16 th Oct. 2018 · In the morning Martin starts with filling and priming.
Tuesday, 16 th Oct. 2018
In the late afternoon,
the priming work is
Some filler areas have
yet to be sanded and