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Title:SERVICING THE VULCAN BOMBER Mk1 - PART ONE: FIRST LINE SERVICING [Main Title]
Film Number:AMY 335
Summary: Technical training film focusing on the first line servicing procedure for the Avro Vulcan Mk1, filmed at No.230 Operational Conversion Unit (230 OCU) at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.
Description: Reel one: AFTER FLIGHT SERVICING. Vulcan brief description of aircraft, Vulcan XA899 lands after an exercise. Description of landing gear, entry hatch, ground crew chief entering aircraft and placing guard over bomb aimers nose window to prevent damage during servicing. Making ejector seats safe. Canopy release system made safe using “Pip pins”. Bomb bay door operating controls made safe with cover plate and under carriage switches protected. Undercarriage wheels chocked. Crew departs aircraft for technical debrief. Ground crew fit undercarriage locks. In flight office crew assemble for debriefing to discuss any technical issues with aircraft. Nose wheel steering is noted as ineffective and info recorded in F700 servicing log. Various other faults also raised and recorded in F700. 28V external power supply connected to aircraft and fuel content gauges checked.
Reel two: REPLENISHING. Refuelling a/c and amount required is dependant on next mission and dictated by crew chief. On arrival of tanker it is bonded to the a/c before any hoses are connected. Operation of refuelling control panels in aircraft wheel bays. Automatic distribution of fuel to all tanks during refuelling. Inspection of engines for leaks and security of components is another servicing item. Removal of fuses prior to investigating any faults. Items removed are recorded in F700. Damaged components are replaced. Oil levels checked and topped up if required. Double check of oil added is made. Air intakes checked.
Reel three: RECTIFICATION OF DEFECTS. Checking a/c air intake. Removal of loose objects from uniform pockets prior to entering intakes (prevention of FOD). “Rigging shoes” must be worn. Check of rivets made. Compressor blades checked. Any slight damage will have been marked in previous overhaul so fresh damage can be easily identified. Problem with sticking AEO seat reported in F700 rectified. Adjusting brakes. Changing wheels, method of jacking a/c. Intercom fault rectified. Nosewheel steering fault identified and repaired. Battery electrolyte levels checked. Crew chief coordinates all work carried out in the F700.
Reel four: PREPARING FOR FLIGHT. Time taken for turnaround will depend on the work needing to be actioned. Meanwhile flight crew will have been briefed and will arrive in time for stipulated take off. Aircraft captain will check F700 and sign over the aircraft as being servicable. Ground crew chief helps flight crew with arming seats, canopy etc. Ground crew remove undercarriage clips etc. Crew chief leaves with bomb aimers window guard. All safety pins etc accounted for. Pilot gives order to start engines. XA898 (silver finish). Ground power supply disconnected. Control surfaces activated and checked as fully operating. Air brakes checked. Aircraft cleared for taxi and chocks removed. Aircraft taxis out (XA896).
Production Country: GB
Production Details: ROYAL AIR FORCE (Production sponsor)
British Films Ltd (Production company)
Hammond, William (Production individual)
Samuelson, Sydney W (Production individual)
Orchard, Harry (Production individual)
Temple, Marianne (Production individual)
Lockstone, K L (Production individual)