Rotors recovered with WG718 from Stratford on Avon were, as mentioned
earlier, full of water and almost beyond repair, but unable to trace any
blades in the UK, enquiries were made in Florida while Mac was on
with a visit to Kissimmee Airport where Aviation Blade Services could
lay hands on several.
from Florida enquiries were made with the Regional Navy Office who could
“probably” arrange for the West Indies Station Ship to pick them up
while on their next visit.
years it had not happened and there was a possibility of problems with
US Customs, A.B.S. meanwhile had found some obsolete S 51 repair pockets
and donated them to the project, their scrap value being estimated at 16
Cents per lb (10p), each weighed half a pound each, so with £1.60 worth
of pockets in a cardboard box Mac returned off holiday with the task of
repairing the blades he had at Elvington.
A start was
made by stripping out all the corroded and damaged blade pockets,
removing all the old adhesive, old paint and rubbing down to bare metal.
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