Restoration DVD Part 3
Rectification, Recovery and Test Phase of XH558
Part Three continues this fascinating restoration story, covering the most intensive engineering phase of the project.
All six systems of the aircraft must be rectified, re-fitted and tested.
Highlights include the rebuild of the fuel tanks and pipe work: completion of electrical repairs and ‘power on’ for the first time; flushing and testing of the oxygen, hydraulic and pneumatic systems; rebuild and balancing of the flying controls; the complete reconstruction of the cockpit including instrument panels and crew seats; and the installation of the four engines, Auxiliary Power Plant and Air Conditioning Unit.
To mark the 25th Anniversary year of the Falklands conflict Baroness Thatcher visits the hangar to lend her support to the engineering team, and meets her ‘Black Buck’crews for the first time.
With the restoration work completed and the paperwork cleared the aircraft is moved outside for engine and taxy tests.
Bruntingthorpe Airfield, XH558’s home since 1993, once more reverberates to the sound of the mighty Rolls Royce Olympus engines. The programme culminates with the historic first test flight – an incredible achievement which will mark the restoration of the Vulcan as one of the most exceptional aviation stories ever told.
Running time: 120 minutes