Shackleton WR963 - [Official Topic]

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The unbounded joys of the UK in Winter..!
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Looking more and more doubtful that we will ever see this fly..

It seems the current "company/trust/whatevertheycallthemselvesthesedays" is being dissolved

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10598129/filing-history/MzI1NTQzNzM4M2FkaXF6a2N4/document?format=pdf&download=0

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10598129/filing-history
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Correct.

At the Directors meeting this year we had the opinion we didn't warrant the CIC, its been an unnecessary encumbrance. How many other aircraft preservation groups do you know that are CIC or a CIO? There's no need for it. We want to preserve the aircraft and ditch the over the top ideas about being a small airline/business empire/company/trust/whatevertheycallthemselvesthesedays/etc that were thrust upon us. This is one small step back to our roots and better times.

The bills are still being paid. Maintenance is still being done. The aircraft is still okay (weathering the recent storms fine), and will be running up on Apr 4th.

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Glad to hear it Rich - having caught up on the previous few posts on here.

Looking forward to hearing those Griffons growl in earnest in April!
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Fair enough, glad to hear that there is still hope.

Thank you for the swift response, hopefully this is a sign of things to come :smile:
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Pleased to hear that WR963 is being cared for. She certainly seems to have a better chance of survival than the Duxford Shackleton which looks very unloved but is at least under cover. Hopefully it might get some TLC when the Victor is finished but that looks as though it has quite a long way to go.

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Cole -

You're welcome. We looked back on the last ten years and the best times and fortunes for the aircraft were when we didn't try and make the group into something it wasn't and concentrated on the Shackleton herself. This is the part of trying to return to that and remove a lot of unnecessary complication and allow focus on the important stuff.

For instance - I can now pay bills and things off without having to run it by other people. I can make my own parts purchases (with my money) without having to take funds out the business only to find the part has then gone because I had to wait for someone to finish work to countersign it off. There was a lot of stuff that would have worked great if we'd been employed 9 - 5pm with the Shackleton, but less so when we're trying to do this around regular jobs and our families.

Ozplane -

It would be nice to have a roof over our head, the few times we've had WR963 in a hangar its been like working on a different aircraft. If we can get a few taxy runs out of her this year we might be able to get her in over winter next year and cover some ground properly.

As it is, the wet weather has caused a few headaches with green algae (thanks to the wet grass) so we've got to get her cleaned up soon and some sealing and paint rework when the weather gets better. We're debating whether to get on with a strip and repaint next year into the 205 Sqn FEAF colours - so back to white over grey and blue spinners. We may even add the "White Knuckle Airlines/Shackair" legend depending on how we feel.

Thoughts..?


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Go with whichever paint will give you the least headaches, more protection and less time keeping clean

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To be honest there's not much in it. Apart from certain areas around the inboard nacelles the undercoat applied by the RAF was holding up pretty well, and the topcoat cleans fairly easily. The current white does show up any algae or staining a little more than grey does though.
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