Preparations are now underway for our first engine run of 2020, which will be a ‘de-inhibiting’ run for our Viper engine, always a little bit more spectacular than usual, as the inhibiting oil literally burns away………initial planned date is Saturday 14th March, subject to weather, fuel etc.
As well as our regular engine/taxi run events the XS186 crew can host organised private events tailored to suit various individual or group interests
Core activities are obviously based around our star performer, but our unique location and capabilities can provide an interesting and exhilarating experience for visitors who have an interest in the more technical or hands on aspects of operating a military jet
Some or all of the following can be arranged
Tour of the WW2 airfield site, including air raid shelters, blast shelters, gymnasium, chapel and several other buildings and interesting places
Strap into the left hand seat of the cockpit of XS186 with electrical power on – lots of lights, systems and emergency checks to carry out
Close up of a daytime engine / taxi run (or ask about taking a pilots seat for an actual taxy run!)
Drive the aircraft tug, with towable RAF ground equipment attached- more of an experience than you think!
Aircraft & ground equipment systems demonstration – RR Viper walkaround, petrol driven hydraulic systems rig, connect the trolley acc
Food break – hot or cold
1960’s aircrew kit photo shoot
Pre-flight walkaround- help to carry out final checks before F700 sign off
Evening engine/taxi run – a great photo opportunity!
For a minimum of 5 people the cost can be kept at £10 per head for a single engine run, or £15 for two engine runs
In either scenario teas and coffees with biscuits & buns included
Watch what is happening with XS186 through the lens of a skilled camera-man on the link below!
Our engine run on Sunday 13th October 2013 was carried out in dreadful conditions but all went very well and those that braved the conditions witnessed a spectacular run!
Our XS186 fund raising on Saturday 15th September 2012 was another good event.
It was held at the Metheringham Village Hall and the races were well represented with bets on all races from all those present.
The food was a great success, with pie, potatoes, peas and gravy, and a big slice of gateaux for pudding going down very well !
Both the numbers who attended and the amount of funds generated were up on the last event, and so the night was well worth the effort, and everyone had a great time!
The Metheringham Open Weekend on June 9th and 10th 2012 was a great success for the XS186 CREW, despite someone trying to drown us on Saturday, with monsoon conditions at times. As previous updates have shown though, you cant keep a good team down, and not only did the team make a success of the weather beaten Saturday, they had a perfect day on Sunday, with numerous highlights, including meeting several pilots, engineers and generally very supportive people.
As well as Ian and Geoff carrying on with important airframe work on Saturday morning, special thanks must go to the team that put in a long hard two days work, to make it a worthwhile event and boost the XS186 bank balance at the same time. They are Ralph, Jonty, Lynne, Pauline (the WAGs!) and Paul.
For a link to more photographs of the Metheringham Open weekend click here;
Our March 31st Casino Night / Auction turned out to be a great event, despite some less than friendly conditions.
Numbers attending was down on what was expected, but those that did come had a good time, and most left with something to show for the evenings speculation on the Roulette and Blackjack tables. As with any gambling event some left with plenty!
Below are a selection of pictures from the evening.