WWII fighter planes

Discussion in 'General foundry chat' started by Peedee, Aug 14, 2020.

  1. Peedee

    Peedee Silver

    Not quite a casting thread but I've just been offered a new job restoring WWII hurricane fighter planes!

    After an 8mnth dry spell with work this has just fallen in my lap! The air strip and hangers are 5 minutes from my front door and it's a real company (not some enthuasts group in a shed!)

    I'll get photos of the work (as and when I'm allowed) and put them up if there is any interest
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  2. Jason

    Jason Gold

    Good for you man! Can't wait to see the old girls!
  3. rocco

    rocco Silver

    Very cool! Congrats.
    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is a very near my office, quite a number their aircraft are flight worthy so I will often see some of the old girls overhead, it never gets old, always brings a smile to my face. I took this picture during an airshow the museum hosted a few years ago, a Lancaster, a Mosquito, two Spitfires and two Hurricanes, a rare site indeed.

    Last edited: Aug 15, 2020
  4. Petee716

    Petee716 Gold Banner Member

    Great news Peedee. Go get'em!
  5. FishbonzWV

    FishbonzWV Silver Banner Member

    Sounds like a dream job!
  6. rocco

    rocco Silver

    This is what's overhead today, the Avro Lancaster and the Canso PBY

  7. Tobho Mott

    Tobho Mott Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Congrats Peedee, sounds like fun!

  8. Peedee

    Peedee Silver

    Thanks all, It's a world away from my typical work environments (Hit it and hope)

    Need to pass a trial period but if forsee a fair bit of riveting and soldering to begin with.

    They have just finished a two seat conversion that is running flights out of Biggin Hill.
  9. Gippeto

    Gippeto Silver

    You must be living right Peedee. Congrats!

  10. Peedee

    Peedee Silver

    Been a hard few years Gippeto so this seems too good to be true. I didn't even know they were there until two weeks ago so I wrote a 'hello' letter to one of the directors and he asked me to drop in.

    I guess you make your own oppertunities sometime (or maybe it was fate?) around here there is nothing on the job market just now and what is is dead-end being chased by hundreds of people!

    First job stripping a crash damaged wing spar on a Hurricane, whoop whoop!
  11. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Will they let you take pictures to show us?? :D
  12. Peedee

    Peedee Silver

    This is one of there images so should be OK to post. Will try to get some more.

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  13. Peedee

    Peedee Silver

  14. Peedee

    Peedee Silver

    Apparantly they often find bullets when stripping the panels!!!! Surreal!
  15. Peedee

    Peedee Silver

    This is the just finished 2 seat with dual controls
    2_seat Hurricane.jpg
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  16. Jason

    Jason Gold

    Remember, the sun's gotta shine on a dog's ass Someday!
  17. Peedee

    Peedee Silver

    This 'dog's ass' wants to stand 6 foot from a Merlin V12 even if I go deaf as a result :)

    When discussing wages I nearly said 'just pay my mileage!'
  18. Jason

    Jason Gold

    Without a doubt, one of the coolest engines ever built!
  19. rocco

    rocco Silver

    The Lancaster pictured in my earlier posts uses four of them, when they rev up all four prior to takeoff, it's a magnificent sound.
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  20. Rotarysmp

    Rotarysmp Silver

    Glad you didn't just find work, but a cool job this time. Are you an A&P or AME PeeDee? If not, start a log book listing what you did on which parts each day, and have a licensed guy or the boss sign it off each week. If you can show three years work experience (your log) you are a big step towards becoming licensed. Aviation employment is not the most stable environment, but generally there is always a shortage of licensed aircaft mechanics.

    I remember when I was an apprentice, the F-4 Corsair of the alpine fighter collection came to visit our air force base. When I started up to depart, I had the dubious honor of standing behind the prop, with two hands full of rags, and instructions that if there is a carburettor fire, stuff it out with the rags. No really idea how the would have worked out, but standing next to an R-2800 cranking over was a memorably aerosexual experience :)
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