This weekend’s vital task was the removal of the centreline tank, as when installed it prevents both the opening of the engine bays and work progressing along the centre of the lower wing. Despite having been untouched for decades, the tank actually released as it was designed to. Cue much celebration from the BPAG Chairman. With the tank out of the way, we now have clear access to the engine bays doors.
Other volunteers removed the remaining speedbrake and preparation work continued inside Door 22, which needs to be cleared to gain access to the wingtank/front fuselage joints. Also disconnection of the inboard undercarriage doors was started. Highlight of the day was opening the rear most engine doors for the first time in 3 decades. More pics can be seen in the ZE360 Restoration Gallery.