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The Navy Wings Heritage Hangar is alive with winter maintenance this January. Our experienced engineering team are working on a number of our historic aircraft in advance of the 2023 flying season. You can find out more details below.

Harvard T-6

The Harvard is currently progressing through her annual. The propeller has been sent off to be overhauled and we are expecting this back in the next few weeks.

During our maintenance work, we have embodied a spin-on oil filter modification on the engine. This will help increase its life span. So far, everything is looking positive and no major faults have been found.

Swordfish W5856

Our Swordfish W5856 is undergoing a ‘minor’ which is carried out every two years.

The aircraft was not due to have this until the summer, but we decided to bring it forward to make sure that we don’t disrupt the first Swordfish flying season in many years!

Some of the work currently underway consists of X-Rays and applying lubricant to components. The engine has been inhibited to preserve it whilst she is not flying for a few months.

There are minor fabric issues that need to be repaired due to general wear and tear from pilots and aircrew entering and exiting the aircraft.

Swordfish LS326

We are starting on the restoration of LS326 in earnest and the aircraft has now been stripped down to its bare shell. The forward fuselage is currently being painted and is due to return to us soon. The cockpit floor has been replaced due to it being in poor condition.

Wasp XT420

Over the last couple of months, the Wasp has been undergoing her annual. The main rotor blades were removed from the rotor head in order to x-ray them and we found them to be all serviceable. The Wasp will be ready for shake down flights soon.

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