Warbirds

by Helen Hooker May. 28, 2013 5310 views

One of our reasons for visiting Lincolnshire this week was to see the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight [raf.mod.uk] aircraft on their home turf at RAF Coningsby. We've seen the BBMF Lancaster, Spitfires and Hurricanes in action in the skies above Goodwood many times but it was a real privilege to be able to see these magnificent feats of engineering at close quarters. During our comprehensive guided tour we were introduced to all the different aircraft and it was fascinating to see the RAF engineers at work maintaining the aircraft ready for their next display. After lunch we moved on to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre [lincsaviation.co.uk] at the former wartime RAF airfield at East Kirkby. The museum's biggest star is another Lancaster called Just Jane. The BBMF Lancaster is the only one in Europe which is still in flying condition (the only other flying Lancaster in the world is based in Canada) but Just Jane has been restored to the point where she does regular taxi runs down the museum's runway. Let's hope one day they are able to restore her to the point where she can take to the skies again.

Hawker Hurricane

This Spitfire was undergoing to some serious work, with its engine in pieces and the fuel tank taken out.

How many men does it take to mend a Spitfire……

The BBMF Lancaster - the last remaining airworthy example in Europe.

Kevin and the Lanc

Just Jane, our second Lancaster of the day.

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Marc Van Staey 6 years, 5 months ago

Great set, well done...

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Antonio Gil 6 years, 6 months ago

Marvellous history pictures. Love airplanes, my father was a pilot of light airplanes and I flew with him many times.

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Gillian Parsons 6 years, 6 months ago

What a super experience...............

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Ann Garratty 6 years, 6 months ago

It's always a thrill to see these old birds take to the skies... beautiful shots of these old war heros

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 6 months ago

Great set of some wonderful angles and captures of these famous to history planes!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 6 months ago

Magnificent series and always interesting angles.

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Kenny H 6 years, 6 months ago

Great set!
That plane "Just Jane" is awesome.

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Marsha 6 years, 6 months ago

Very cool angles....you captured these beautifully!!! LOVE #9...

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Larry Sample 6 years, 6 months ago

Great set!

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Dan Ravasio 6 years, 6 months ago

To think of these "warbirds" in action and the men who flew them sends a shiver into me.... Awesome machines well captured, Helen...

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 6 months ago

Great set of these historic planes. TFS

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Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for taking us along ... fabulous old planes.

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Chossid 6 years, 6 months ago

Very interesting. Reminds me of the pics of my father OBM with his plane -- Normandy and Belgium......

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