A few days of unexpectedly beautiful weather for February, so I hired a trailer and we set off to retrieve it.
Usually when I've hired a car trailer I've been loading huge vehicles onto tiny trailers. Today was only a light load, so of course we'd been given the biggest trailer in the shop. Hydraulic tilt-bed, decent winch, flip-away rear lights all the bells and whistles.
This is approximately the position it would have been in flight. Last time it will be this way up!
Three of us managed to move it tolerably easily.
There had been some thought that "vertical" would be a good idea. More like ridiculously tall, with no useful space inside. I've have had to paint mushroom-spots on it if I'd done that.
Years ago, I failed to buy a Gloster Javelin radome because I couldn't think what to do with it. As it happened, I then spent the following weekend rebuilding a friend's decrepit allotment shed, a task that just needed a spare radome or two to have it done in no time. So remember, gather ye radomes while ye may!
We rolled it around, upside down and even up-ended it. Stuck to dragging it with brute force in the end. Stick with what you know best.
Finally we got it onto the trailer.
It's big, heavy, thick fibreglass and seems in reasonable condition. Next jobs are:
Inside the dome, looking toward the nose.
Close up of the notch for the TFR thimble. This was another small "pimple" radome that projected through the main one.
Genuine RAF-issue Ivy, aircraftmen for the use of.
I don't know what the (many) stencilled bullseyes are for? Patch repairs to the fibreglass?