As many of our readers will be well aware, Avro Lancaster B.VII NX611 Just Jane is under restoration to airworthy condition with the Lincoln Aviation Heritage Center at former RAF East Kirkby in Lincolnshire, England. We have been reporting on their progress periodically, and we thought that our readers might like to see their most recent report, reproduced here with permission…
The Rivet Club – Newsletter 92
by Andrew Panton
Unfortunately the team has been plagued with illness and car problems, so we haven’t made the progress we would have hoped to. Having said that, we have completed more paint stripping and started to remove some of the parts from the wing tips that need to be reproduced.
Kev has been removing the leading edge ribs from the wingtips, as they seem to have suffered the worst, whether it be due to dissimilar metal corrosion between the aluminum structure abutting the steel leading edge cap, or lack of protection from moisture getting into the structure during the Lancaster’s many years outdoors. These parts will be taken down to Mark Coles Metal Forming so he can make a start on some of the structure while we complete the tear down.
Jack has started to remove the rear-most former in the fuselage as this will be the furthest forward we work to this year meaning that we won’t have to revisit any of this rear section next year; we’ll just work from this former forwards. Two of the skins have been condemned due to corrosion so they will be making their way to Simone Cunningham for forming new skins.
Bradley has been paint stripping the prop spinner from number 2 engine in order to do a detailed survey. To our knowledge these hadn’t been stripped since NX611 was prepped for the gate at RAF Scampton, and sure enough with the removal of the black paint we got down to red!
There is a short wooden rib at the very tip of the wingtip, not unlike the leading edge of the fin. What is left of the wood has been removed ready to be used as a pattern for a new ash replacement.
The jigs make it difficult to photograph the wingtips, but i’ve tried my best!
We’re starting to get into our winter break period, so updates may become a little disjointed and work will stop around the 20th December until the start of January 2020.
Thanks for your support!
That’s all for this particular update. We hope that you have enjoyed reading it. As can be seen, a lot of work remains to be done, but the aircraft is well on the way back to flying condition. It is being done in a methodical and careful manner in order to keep the aircraft available for ground-running operations during the summer months. For those interested in helping support this important project, please click HEREBe sure to check out their store HERE as well… There are many cool items to buy which will help get Just Jane back in the air!