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Mirage IV arrives at Elvington at last! More pictures added.

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Mirage IV arrives at Elvington at last! More pictures added.

Postby ianf » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:45 pm

I'm not long back from a long day at the museum, so only a few quick edits for tonight. But after nearly 26 years of negotiations the IV has made it to Elvington

1. Turning off the road to the museum site.

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Both Lorries enter the site watched by the news media and one gatecrasher! :grr:
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I can't leave Lindy out she says hi to a fellow ex strategic nuclear bomber.
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New home at last.
It will take just over a week to reassemble and then a official unveil will happen not long after When I have dates I will let you know.

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Postby Nighthawke » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:50 pm

An historic moment nicely captured for posterity. Thanks for sharing.
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Postby GhostFlight91 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:23 am

Excellent
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Postby Vulcanone » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:20 am

A big thumbs up to all involved getting the Mirage here and having the patience waiting for it to finally get here. :thumbs:

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Postby ianf » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:27 am

Thanks guys. As I said only a rushed few last night. Today some more for you.

Earlier in the day the logistics vehicles arrived with the jacks and specialised wing attachment equipment. They also brought the smaller bits of the aircraft.

1. Nose minus refuelling probe.

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2. The probe which is made of steel and quite heavy, so if you look carefully you will see how many holes there are for the amount of screws needed to fit to the nose!

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3. The rear fuselage and jet exhausts.

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4. Main undercarriage leg. They are as spindly as I remember them.

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5. The wings
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I got to look at the parts prior to the main aircraft arriving and can say they are in good shape with the internal wiring in place not cut. All pipes are blanked correctly so it looks well looked after. With failing light I got a quick look at the wings and fuselage they also looked in good nick.

The aircraft won't go on immediate display, as an unveil is planned. The details are not complete so I have no date, but it won't be to long, after all we have had to wait long so far a few more weeks won't harm it.
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Postby steved » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:28 pm

Great pictures and report of a good looking aircraft. :clap:
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Postby Seahawk 11 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:53 pm

Fantastic, hope to pop in and see it when I'm up in the area in august.
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Postby Punkrunner62 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:10 pm

Good too see such an iconic aircraft at a UK Museum.
Thanks for posting.
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Postby paddyboy » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:11 pm

Hi Ian :P

Great biopic of an epic journeys end :thumbs:

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Postby ianf » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:57 pm

Thanks again guys, Rob if your up in August you should have a great visit if you want pm and I will let you see Lindy close up.
Paddy who's Neil ???? :lol:
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Postby alanp » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:12 pm

That must have been a very big roll of pallet wrap.
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Postby ianf » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:39 pm

We were told 1 Km long.
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Postby TeeJay » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:41 am

Very Nice, thanks for posting, hope to get up there to see it later in the year.

And for anyone else thinking of going to Yorkshire Air Museum.... go for it, as it is one of the best and certainly the friendliest museum I have ever visited :thumbs: :thumbs:

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Postby NickC » Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:57 pm

Thanks Ian for the informative posts and photos. Very interesting.
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Postby Unknown74 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:35 am

I'm trying to remember which the other Mirage this Museum has? Would be great to see the 2 together.
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Postby chrisov » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:36 am

A Mirage III E
Can't remember serial though.

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Postby tm74sqn » Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:07 am

Mirage IIIE 538 wearing "3-QH".
Will be good to see both Mirages - side-by-side or will the IVA be kept undercover?
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Postby timb » Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:38 pm

Thanks for shareing those lovely and interesting photos, great stuff. I really must now make the long hall from the South West to Elvington, a place thats been on my bucket list for way to long.
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Postby ianf » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:07 pm

Thanks for your interest. Give a visit a couple of weeks as the aircraft needs to be rebuilt and won't be on official display for a short while after that. It will initially be kept under cover, but the beauty of our museum is we can move things around.As to it being displayed next to the Mirage III all I can say is yes it will, and a event with them will be held later in the year. Plus waiting a while has another added bonus our live Buccaneer XN974 is nearly finished on her repaint. She has had 15 months maintenance returning her to running status and a successful engine run in February. She has been returned into her first colours which are her Navy colours she wore for the trails on the USS Lexington and simply looks stunning. I cannot wait for the final touches to be added.

The rebuild started today, looking closer at the bits its in decent shape, a couple of minor items were slightly damage in transit nothing we won't fix.

Below a couple of video you may like.


Loading in Chateaudun

http://mirage.yorkshireairmuseum.org/be ... v-loading/

Transportation

http://mirage.yorkshireairmuseum.org/be ... elvington/
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Postby Vulcanone » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:12 pm

I suspect the UK DSA should spend more time looking at standards in London (maybe)....
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