Aeroplane Monthly 1987-05
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M.Oakey - Grapevine
Douglas DC-3 SU-BFY, recently bought by the Dutch Dakota Association for long-term preservation, at Malta awaiting preparation for its flight to the Netherlands.
Air Atlantique’s DC-6, G-SIXC, at 10,000ft above Anglesey on the last stage of its flight to Coventry on March 22, 1987.
Singapore Airlines is wasting no time in restoring its ex-RAF Museum Airspeed Consul G-AJLR to static condition. It was photographed at Changi on February 11, 1987, when the wing was rejoined to the fuselage. By the end of March the airframe was assembled and 80 per cent complete, with just the engine installation, cockpit refurbishment and painting still to do. The Consul should be finished in time for the airline’s 40th anniversary in May.
Short Sunderland ML796 under restoration at Duxford
Saturday, March 28, 1987 saw the Gipsy engines in D.H.88 Comet G-ACSS Grosvenor House run for the first time after its lengthy restoration - and saw the aircraft taxy under its own power for the first time in 48yr, albeit minus various cowlings and fairings. At the controls was Project Co-ordinator Ron Paine, with restoration team member John Bennett in the back seat to monitor the electrical system. The next series of engine runs should have taken place by the time this issue is published and, says Paine, "We are optimistic about having a flight at the end of April”. For the record, the last time Paine himself taxied in ’CSS was in 1937, just before the King’s Cup race, when he shared the cockpit with Ken Waller.