This winter, the ongoing restoration to get Avro Lancaster NX611 ‘Just Jane' back in the skies, included ‘splitting' the rear fuselage from the aircraft.
This is possibly the first time the aircraft has been spilt into sections since it was built back in 1945.
To do this, Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre first had to make a bespoke fuselage trolley using a Type H bomb trolley that was originally designed to carry 8,000lb, & later 22,000lb, earthquake bombs during World War II.
Images coutesy of Silksheen Photography
The original 10.50-13 WD split rim wheels with Dunlop tyres
had seen better days so we were approached to supply a more modern & common
alternative. Due to the weight of the trolley & the fuselage combined, the aim was to get the new wheel & tyre combination as close to the size of the original wheels.
The tyre of choice are Mitas 11.5/80-15.3 IM-04 implement tyres which have done the job superbly, keeping the trolley almost to its original height. The single piece wheels, which were modified to match the offset of the original wheels, have been painted in RAF blue.