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Category: Updates - GWOBA Created: 07/23/2000 12:00 AM
Related Website: N/A Updated: 11/28/2001 04:27 AM
GWOBA Update - July 23, 2000

SUMMARY:  The engines DO run!!!

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2000

I am proud to announce that both engines of our Bronco 99+26 have successfully been run for the first time in almost nine (9) years!

A small team, comprised of Danny Nuydens and myself, set out yesterday morning in order to prepare the aircraft and solve some minor electrical problem before the aircraft was declared ready.

The first start was then made by Holger Pehmöller (ex RFB employee, who used to work on the aircraft engines when still in active service), who had arrived after work later in the afternoon. Initially no RPM indication showed on No.1 engine and the start was aborted. With No.2 engine all indications were fine and it lit off at the first attempt, soon stabilizing at ground idle. This all happened at around 17:30 local time under the approving supervision of the GWOBA Press and Communications Officer MRhein27@aol.comMarkus Rheinländer, who had also joined us also for the memorable occasion. Some troubleshooting found that the tacho drive on No.1 engine was sheared and it was soon decided to swap a tacho generator from 99+32 in order to attempt a run on No.1 engine. This engine was started without any further hitches at around 21:45 local time. Happy and satisfied we decided to call it day after carefully closing up the aircraft.

Thanks to all for the loyalty and extra-ordinary efforts which made this achievement possible!

Please join us in celebrating this major milestone in our project to bring the two Broncos back into the air.

Markus Rheinländer is posting some of the pictures he took of the engine runs later today. Please look out for them!

[Webmaster's Note: Click the thumbnails below to see the pictures:]

First engine runs
First engine runs
First engine runs

Tony De Bruyn
GWOBA Wing Commander

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