The Paul Robinson Gallery Pt 3
The following photos were kindly sent in by Paul, and I am pleased to be able to show them here
The photo above shows DC10, G-BEBL, undergoing an engine change while down route in South America. The work too place in Santiago, Chile, in March 1981.
Virtually at the end of their long stint on changing and then splitting the faulty engine ready for shipment back to Gatwick, the ‘split team’ -
Standing from left : Charlie Skinner, Roy Beasley, Travers Goodrich, James Meaden, Graham Gostick and Colin Lucas.
Kneeling from left: Dennis Sawyer General Electric Rep, Graham Grant & Robin Exler
Back row -
Pete Hollingsworth, Dick Phelps,
Tony Sanderson-Miller, Carl Traynor
and Paul Robinson
Front row - John Russell & John Hutchings
The work in Santiago was recorded in BCal News too....
Service above and beyond the call of duty - that is how BCal Managing Director Alastair Pugh described the 26 hours of work against the clock, by 18 Gatwick-based engineers who were rushed to Santiago de Chile to change a DC-10 engine.
Mr Pugh was able to personally congratulate the team leader, Foreman Roy Beasley, and seven of his engineers who stayed on to split the faulty engine after the DC-10 had been cleared to depart.
Mr Pugh arrived in Santiago to begin a week-long visit to BCal’s South Atlantic route stations as the work was just being completed. He stepped straight off the aircraft from Gatwick, crossed the tarmac and personally thanked each of the engineers still there.
Mr Beasley and his team were called for when DC-10-30 Bravo Lima sustained a fault in its Number One (port side) engine shortly after taking-off from Santiago for Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Gatwick. The engine had to be shut down, the aircraft circled and then returned to land safely at Pudahuel Airport, Santiago.
As the passengers were transferred to other flights, engineers made a check on the faulty engine, and advised Gatwick of the need for an on-the-spot engine change.
Back at Gatwick work immediately began on preparing the replacement engine for its 23 hour journey to Chile and Mr Beasley called in his team to be ready to leave almost at once for Santiago.
When the aircraft with the team and replacement engine arrived in Santiago, there was time for only a quick wash and brush-up at a hotel before starting work. They worked throughout the night and next day - in temperatures which soared up into the 90s.
“The enthusiasm, sheer hard work and dedication shown by the team in far from ideal conditions was a credit to Engineering Division and to the airline”, Mr Pugh told BCal News.