PostHeaderIcon Lightning-T5 Photo's - Retractions

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Exposed No 1 engines hydraulic pumps. On the left the pump for services, canopy/undercarriages, on the right the pump for flying controls.

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A lot of muscle power from Andrew Pearse as he jacks up XS458. At the front of the Lightning a person ensures the aircraft is jacked up level.

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Colin Ranson brings in the hydraulic rig to power the undercarriages. This rig by-passes the engines own hydraulic pumps.

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Fitting the three hydraulic pipes onto the couplings see on the left of photo RT1. This completes the hydraulic circuit for retraction to take place.

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The last few inches before XS458's undercarriages are off the ground.

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Seen fully jacked up, all the undercarriages are in free air. As the main wheels go so far back during retractions a tail steady is also positioned.

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Clearly seen is just how high XS458 has to jacked up to extend the main undercarriage oleos to clear the ground.

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Another view of XS458 fully jacked up. With the hydraulic pump connected its time to retract!

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They're on the move! This shot shows the full extension of the leg oleos. Wheels and brakes travel back some six feet during retraction.

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Port main undercarriage travelling. Note the side stay that locks the leg when its down folds up along the back of the bay when its retracted.

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A closer view of the port main as it comes down from its up position.

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Fully retracted! Apart from the canopy XS458 is in a flying configuration. The undercarriage is cycled regularly as part of the maintenance regime.

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Retractions complete Colin Ranson swaps over the hydraulic rig hoses for the Lightning's own hoses. Until next time.....

 

 

 

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