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31st Dec 2006, 14:40
Hi all

First post so hope this is in the correct place!

For those that visit Manchester Airport, you may have got the idea not a lot is happening with our Trident, "ZuluKilo" .... well nothing could be further from the truth with the interior undergoing a massive refurb!

Took a couple of shots of the restored cockpit - it looks stunning and just as good as it did when she left the factory. Neil Lomax has done an amazing job, pretty much single-handed on this.

Once she is complete and open, you should find an amazingly well preserved piece of British aviation history and a few touches that will make this exhibit rather special...



Next year will be a big year for us ... watch this space :;):

31st Dec 2006, 15:03
Fantastic work!!
Keep it up !
In a few years time it might appear on 'What Cockpit'
Great !!!

31st Dec 2006, 15:08
Great. Did my end of cadetship training with BEA at Viking House on the Trident systems trainers so those piccies bring back memories (mind you the Decca/Doppler moving map display - centre panel - wasn't fitted to the trainers.)

31st Dec 2006, 15:10
The systems trainer that went to Cosford now resides in my storage unit, undergoing conversion to a functional flight sim..... :)

31st Dec 2006, 16:11
Where's the Barber's Pole... or is it just my poor eyesight??

31st Dec 2006, 16:48
Some more shots of the interior.

A wider shot of the entire cockpit

The interior has all new carpet throughout


All the over-seat lighting will be working shortly and all of the overhear warning signs are up and running.

The exhibition area is located in by the aft toilets

31st Dec 2006, 17:28
May be the focal length of the lens, but the aisle and seat pitch looks very wide compared with modern aircraft.

31st Dec 2006, 17:50
Distortion from the wide angle (10mm on a 20D so 16mm effectively)

Shaggy Sheep Driver
31st Dec 2006, 19:47
Neil has done an amazing job with ZK. He showed me around earlier this year and there was a lot to do - big holes where the cabin floor had been removed, gutted panels on the flight deck, components, tools and wires everywhere.

I went on board again recently, and what a transformation! The aeroplane is pristine internally.

Well done Neil!


31st Dec 2006, 19:55
I don't know Neil Lomax but would someone who does please buy him a beer from me?:ok:

Off Stand
31st Dec 2006, 21:38
Awesome photos, I def will be up there to see that beautiful aircraft when she is finished.

3rd Jan 2007, 07:04
Where's the Barber's Pole... or is it just my poor eyesight??On the ASI.
Do you mean the PVD? The Peripheral Visual Displays are within slots on the coaming, black and white rotating spirals as opposed the red/white needle on the ASI indicating Vmo, ISTR.

3rd Jan 2007, 10:38
The moving map was pure Doppler,no Decca and the PVD was black and
yellow not black and white.

Great pics brought a tear to my eyes !

Trident man
6th Jan 2007, 12:15
Hi all im Neil Lomax,thanks for your kind words ref the restoration work,it has bee a hard year's work but as you can see well worth it. ref the PVD,s they are black and white and are located inside the combing above the attitude director (horizon),normally they ate shuttered when un selected,but i have opened them up so they are more visable.One the rebuild is completed and open to all,they are easily viewable,i will post a close up pic soon.

7th Jan 2007, 12:50
Ref. the PVD. I assume that for technical reasons the PVD on the restoration may have to be black and white.
When I last flew ZK they were black and yellow.

7th Jan 2007, 13:53
More on the barbers pole here.

Trident man
7th Jan 2007, 14:49
The PVD's on ZK have always been black and white,i have 4 spare PVD's removed from ZU,ZO,ZZ and FG they are all the same black and white not heard about the black and yellow ones?.i even checked out with a freind of mine Captian Tony Angus,Tony was the base training chap,he also conducted the CAA acceptance flights on Trident One's Two's and Three's and he agrees that they are black and white.

8th Jan 2007, 19:04
I remember that tall lever to the right of the controls just ahead of the aileron trimmer. It operating the airbrakes; you armed it prior to landing by pulling it vertically into a detent, then as soon as there was pressure on the mainwheel oleos, it flew back towards you in its quadrant to open the 'brakes. You made sure you didn't have your hand in the way just before touchdown, as it moved very fast.

9th Jan 2007, 21:05
Rebuild of Trident 3B ZuluKilo" at Manchester
Any of you that has visited Manchester AVP in the last few days will have noticed the flurry of activity and arrival of various tools and bits of hardware.
Well, I can now officially announce that the time the Trident Preservation Society has been waiting for has finally arrived! :yahoo
It has been a long time coming but, starting tomorrow, the project to rebuild the airframe to her former "complete" self will commence, with a scheduled duration of 6 to 8 weeks.
We are aiming for an official opening some time in Q2 2007, although this is obviously flexible!
You can keep up to date on the progress via the
TPS website (http://www.hs121.org)

Trident man
11th Jan 2007, 16:25
Hi all for info,

Date: Thursday, 11 January 2007


Manchester Airport has joined forces with Simulation - TERS Ltd to restore a
dismantled Trident 3B G-AWZK to its former glory.

The Trident Jet came to Manchester Airport's Aviation Viewing Park in September
2005 from London Heathrow, where it was under threat of scrapping as part of
redevelopment plans.

Arriving in sections by road, it was positioned on the ground in its final
display area awaiting reconstruction - in effect a great big, life size Airfix

Cared for on behalf of the airport by the Trident Preservation Society,
restoration of the interior has been ongoing since the aircraft arrived at the
Viewing Park. Now, Simulation - TERS Ltd, who recently completed construction
of the Airport's new Fire Training Rig, will be working with the Airport and
Trident Preservation Society to present a complete and publicly accessible
exhibit in a few months time.

Andrew Holl, Manchester Airport's Operations Director said: "I'm pleased to
announce the start of work to reconstruct our Trident. It is an historic
aircraft, fully deserving its place in our Viewing Park, and I look forward to
welcoming the first visitors on board with the Trident Preservation Society
sometime in the spring."

Neil Lomax, Chairman of the Trident Preservation Society added: "We are
delighted that the airport has committed to helping restore G-AWZK to its former
glory, now we will be able to show visitors the results of all our hard work"

The Trident first flew on 9 January 1962. It formed the backbone of the short
haul fleet of BEA and later British Airways well into the mid 1980s, when the
aircraft type was gradually replaced by the new Boeing 737s and 757s. The last
Trident, operated by British Airways flew from Manchester Airport to London
Heathrow on 31 December 1985.

Manchester Airport's Aviation Viewing Park is located just outside the airport
perimeter off the A538 near Junction 6 of the M56 and is open from 0830 until
dusk every day except 25th December. As well as the Trident, visitors can view
aircraft on the airport's taxiways and runways, see the flagship Concorde and
enjoy on-site catering and aviation shop facilities.