PostHeaderIcon Lightning-T5 Photo's - Maintenance matters

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With the red wheel adaptor fitted, changing the tyre can begin.

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With the bottle jack in position, Andrew Pearse begins to raise XS458 port undercarriage clear of the ground.

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Before removing the wheel the brakes are applied so the individual rotor segments stay in place.

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The brake exposed! The little wheel attached to the main brake unit is the anti-skid maxaret.

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The thickness of the rotor disks are very thick to absorb the intense heat that can be  generated, especially in a cross wind landing.

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Thin wings means thin wheels which in turn means thin brakes, which is evident in this shot.

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A picture of the inside of the 250 gallon ventral tank. These tanks were fitted to all marks of Lightning, except the F2A, F6 and export models.

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With the ventral trolley fully lowered, Andrew Pearse aligns the centre of the tank with the fuselage's own centre-line.

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Precision aligning needed as the clearance between tank and fuselage is almost non-existent at this point.

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Russell Carpenter, XS458s owner, ensures that the tanks fuel and air connections align with those on the fuselage.

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The slick design of this jetisonable fuel tank is evident in this shot. Colin Ranson checks the fuel coupling before raising.

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The ventral trolley is capable of lifting the tank and its entire 250 gallon fuel load if necessary.

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With just two lugs at the rear of the tank there is only one bolt that holds the tank in place. Colin Ranson is securing that bolt!

 

 

 

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