The BPAG were recently back at Manston, continuing to prepare ZE360 for relocation. This time the weather was determined to let us know that it was winter and biting wind, with rain and hail, made it a challenging day. The primary task was lowering the trailing edge flaps, ready for removal. This is necessary before transportation, as the rear half of the flap is of a delicate honeycomb construction. It was a moment of cheer for the team when the flap gradually moved down for the first time since 1991. The hinges have now been left soaking in penetrating oil, ready for the next visit.
Servicing the universal stand also continued. Hydraulic hoses and rams were removed for replacement or maintenance and all hinge points are now free. Many thanks to all our volunteers for their hard work.