XW271 Harrier Restoration

AVT are currently in the process of restoring Harrier T4 XW271 to ground-run condition.

The aircraft arrived in Australia in June 2015 and was transported to our Ballarat restoration facility. With the wing snugly packed into a shipping container, the first challenge was to unpack it and assemble the aircraft in our hangar.

In 2016, restoration commenced in earnest. The airframe was diasassembled and the painstaking process of restoring each component began, starting with the cockpit.

At this time we made the decision to purchase a second airframe to provide parts, along with an additional Rolls-Royce Pegasus engine with very few running hours.

In October 2016, a significant milestone was reached when we powered up the new Pegasus engine in a purpose built test-rig at the Ballarat airport — as far as we know this was a civilian world-first for a Pegasus turbofan engine not mounted in an aircraft.

Airfarme restoration continues, with the aircraft being prepared to be displayed at the 2017 Australian International Airshow at Avalon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Australian International Airshow at Avalon

Harrier T4 XW271 at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017
We couldn't be prouder! Harrier T4 XW271 just before it went on display at the 2017 Australian International Airshow.

Harrier T4 XW271 at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017
Harrier T4 XW271 on display at the 2017 Australian International Airshow.

Harrier T4 XW271 at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017
Under tow on the way to the airshow display area.


Watch the video: All set, awaiting a tow to the display area.

Harrier T4 XW271 at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017
Out in the sun for the first time and looking great with it's new paint job.

Harrier T4 XW271 at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017
Inside the restored cockpit.

Harrier T4 XW271 at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017
Almost ready to go — assembly in the hangar at the airshow

Harrier T4 XW271 at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017
Adding the final touches

 

Restoration

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The fuselage is ready to paint

Harrier T4 XW271
Painting the tailplane

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Restored ailerons

Harrier T4 XW271Let the painting begin!

Harrier T4 XW271
On to the wing

Harrier T4 XW271
Stripping back the airframe for painting


Watch the video: Pegasus startup — control box view


Watch the video: Pegasus — first startup

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Raw power, noise and Jet A — we get the Pegasus fired up!

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Our new Rolls-Royce Pegasus turbofan engine.

Harrier T4 XW271
The restored ejector seat

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The cockpit before restoration

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The delivered aircraft in our hangar

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Unpacking the wing

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XW271 in transit to AVT headquarters in Ballarat after clearing quarantine at the Port of Melbourne