From: Zagreb, Croatia
Oh well. Do you chaps have anything you'd like to see from the BBMF winter maintenance? Several of the fighters have had their front ends stripped ready for ground runs. The Hurricane in particular has a lot of panels removed up to the side of the cockpit. The Spit XIXs look bloody weird without their cowlings.
Why would they do all that, Dix? Seems as though stripping them (instead of covering them or moving them into a hangar) would be unnecessarily cumbersome.
They're in the hangar, it's one of the perks of this job. I get to work inside all year round
They get stripped (the panels taken off) to make various inspections easier. Control runs and pipework need to be checked so the more bits we can take off the easier it is to see them. The engine cowlings get taken off and the engines cleaned so that we can do a ground run and discover any leaks that we don't know about. Whilst we could do the inspects with the panels on, we'd be relying on boroscopes and other viewing aids. With the Hurricane you can see every control run from nose to tail easily, it's a bit trickier on the Spitfire though.
The paperwork for P7 is getting on for two inches thick, around 200 pages (of very small writing) worth of tasks. That paperwork just tells us what we need to do, we've then got shelves of books that tell us how we do those tasks. An interesting little fact is that several of the parts books for the MkXIX Spits are in Swedish.
Yes - pictures please!
BTW, why Swedish?
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A & B: WitW, WitE, WbtS, GGWaW, GGWaW2-AWD, HttR, CotA, BftB, CF
P: UV, WitP, WitP-AE