New social distancing rules and a ropey weather forecast forced activity at Manston to be downscaled last weekend. With just a small group present, any milestone moments were unlikely but some good headway was still made on vital smaller tasks.

Further progress on engine disconnection, also pipework removed for access to LH wing root and RH inboard leading edge was finally lowered before increasingly poor weather called a stop to proceedings for the day. Volunteers persevered with undoing the electrical plugs on the engine harness next morning and the RH inboard fixed leading edge removal was made up to withdrawal of the hinge pins, at which time our old friend corrosion took control and the pins refused to move. They’re currently soaking in penetrating oil, ready for next time.

More pics can be seen in the ZE360 Restoration Gallery.