Ground Equipment

The ground equipment section is impressive, and getting better all the time, despite the age of much of it. A majority is original 1960’s RAF servicing kit, although some has been made by us to satisfy requirements when original equipment has not been available in time, or older gear is not suitable for our modern day needs, such as fire fighting equipment and compressed air supply.

Below is a selection of recent photographs, reflecting the equipments condition. They do not reflect the amount of work required to actualy get it there, which is significant, and ongoing! 

Special thanks again to the whole crew, as the range of skills required to restore this range of support equipment is diverse indeed, but a particularly noteworthy mention most go to our ground equipment custodian, Ralph Kirk, who lavishes much care and attention on our collection, and keeps servicability high.

The trolley acc, provides heavy duty electrical supply for engine starting

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

JP tow bar, made from scratch, with vehicle, and 'erk handles' Plenty man enough for the task!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nitrogen single cylinder rig, used to charge undercarriage oleos, and aircraft onboard emergency services

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Portable fire extinguishers, a Mk 2, 10Kg CO2 unit, and Chubb SF90 foam unit, just in case it goes REALLY wrong...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Mk 3A Hydraulic rig. A real labour of love. Flat four engine, magneto sparked, hand cranked, drinks fuel like it was it's last cup full. Only it's mother could love it...and Ralph

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Compressor rig, air pressure on the move, a very useful piece of home built kit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our FMW TT40 aircraft tug undergoing some cold weather maintenance in minus 15 degree temperatures, and below in slightly friendlier conditions !

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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