It’s a pleasure to report that the Solent work programme involving a mix of MOTAT employees, volunteers and contractors is now well underway.
Early investigations of the cabin seat fixtures uncovered widespread structural corrosion beneath the floorboards which needed to be resolved before the seats could be installed securely. Good progress has been made with ninety percent of the floorboards having been rebuilt, painted and trial seat fittings installed. The under-floor hull structure has been inspected, minor corrosion eradicated and the entire area treated. The removed seats are in the process of being reviewed, repaired/preserved and repainted.
Work has begun in the Ladies Powder Room of the aircraft with the removal of the vanity, sink, toilet and floorboards for repair and reconditioning. Eradication of corrosion on the bulkhead structure, floor board supports and beams is also underway. On the Flight Deck the team is replacing electrical wiring and bulbs and the hull access door has been removed for corrosion repairs and adjustments. The replacement of the hull sheets is also proceeding smoothly as required.
We will update you on further progress of this significant conservation project in 2017