engine run of the Shackleton on 25 January 2014
A tribute to the people and organisations who strive to keep this remaining Shackleton airworthy.
Promoting the airplane
homebuilding industry in South Africa.
The gates were open from 10h00 for
those interested to witness the process of starting the engines.
The process of pulling the plane out of the hangar started long before the first arrivals.
Here she comes going around the bend, "mind your head, hey you with the camera".
Looks like it has a smiley mouth, happy to be out in the fresh air on a beautiful day.
The wing tip going overhead.
Into position on the display area.
Look at those wonderful Merlin engines with counter rotating props.
Everybody getting final instructions and going over the processes.
The organisations who sponsor
equipment, products and services to make it happen.
Now to putting some fuel into the
tanks. Two 210 litre drums are emptied into each wing tank.
That is highly flamible 100 octane avgas, so there are strict rules and practise to carry out.
Now to the other side.
Same process this side.
The headquarters outside where it all happens.
Some of the people who have come, waiting in anticipation "to see, hear and feel the roar of the engines".
Here we go, the 2nd engine is fired up and running. First to start was the inner one.
No 3 starting up, with the first at a slow idle.
No 4 puffed into life. The other engines are begining to warm up.
Full throttle 10,000 horse power
revving life into this bird. One can feel the display area vibrating.
The crowd enjoying this seldom seen and heard spectical.
....and the engines are cut. Wow, that was wonderful!
Then it is close the hatches and the
fire engines which have been on stand by all morning,
It really gets a wash.
All clean and fresh, looks like it has just come out of the factory, brand new.
Now is a chance to get up close, and see and speak to the people who make it happen.
Three of the operator crew posing for photo requests.
A chance to see inside the bay. Also
to ask questions and listen to others discussing
Inside the bay, looking toward the front and access ladder into the cockpit and load deck.
Look at all the wiring, hydraulic tubing and ducts on the underside of the framework.
The proud emblem of the unit.
Time to start putting "her" away for the day.
Slowly being pushed backwards to the hangar.
This helps give some perspective of the size. It is a large plane.
The trolleys have to be pushed into
place, they are not light weight either. The double wheels of the plane
A last view from side on.
The tug pulling the plane into the
hangar slowly, people checking the front and back clearances
This is the tail section going in.
That is the clearance of the tail
going in as it passes the building frame work. It is about 100mm
Last thing is to get the steps into place, to let the lucky people who experienced the event from inside in plane.
Thank you again for the experience.