Posts by: karl

January and February Update

Once again the year is starting to rush by. We decided in January to extract and pull apart the gear box and step up box. Although it seemed like going backwards I am pleased that we took the trouble to have a look. The thrust bearing arrangement in the step…

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December Update

This saw the arrival of 150 Air tight buoyancy tubes courtesy of Quasar International. This will be deployed in the Hull on our first moving water trials, just in case! Sir Malcolm originally used bags of ping pong balls to the same effect.  Many thanks to David Knight and his team at Quazar for…

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BlueBird Roars again!!

After the successful first flotation test on September 20th 2011 our attention then turned to the re commissioning of the Meteor engine. The engine had not run for fourteen years and only for short periods of time. A good friend of mine called Richard Miller joined our little team to…

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K3BlueBird first floatation

On Tuesday the 20th September 2011 at 11.16am, we made a bit of history. I am very proud to say we have finally re launched Bluebird. K3 is back in the water for the first time after her last record in August 1938. The 20th of September was my late fathers’ birthday….

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What a week!

Wow, what a week it has been for the K3 Bluebird project. I was invited to display the mighty R37 Rolls Royce engine at the Goodwood Revival, Spirit of Aviation display this year. This was very short notice, so much midnight cleaning was done to prepare this amazing piece of…

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First Appearence

June 11th 2011 saw the 1st public appearance for K3 Bluebird for over 15 years. K3 was wheeled out of the workshop at Filching Manor and loaded onto 360 Diggers LTD fantastic lorry. The lorry was driven by Gary and assisted by his son Gary junior. Myself and Andy Taylor meet at…

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