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Warspite120 Feb 2021 8:02 a.m. PST

The East Kirkby Avro Lancaster is being reduced to components as part of a rebuild-to-fly restoration:


When completed it will be only the third Lancaster in flying condition the RAF's BBMF has one, Canada has the other. Previously the East Kirkby Lanc, known as Jane, had only previously taxied on the runway on open days.

I saw it in April 2019:


d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2021 9:09 a.m. PST

"On a plane this age, the rivets start to crumble and need to be replaced. As for instructions, we have original RAF manuals and thousands of original drawings to work from," he said.
The rivets start to crumble? What in the world were they made of?

Aviator20 Feb 2021 9:19 a.m. PST

They used magnesium alloys, which don't age well

StarCruiser21 Feb 2021 9:11 a.m. PST

Kinda similar to lead-rot. Oxidizing over time causes the material to swell, crack and then breakup.

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