This would be interesting if it went anywhere. The CWH has suggested that they could restore Lancaster FM104, currently owned by The City of Toronto.
"Our proposal will be that we will commit to a 10-year plan to totally restore the airplane to static condition with engines operating," said David Rohrer, president and CEO of the museum that is located at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. "If it's feasible operationally and economically, we'll restore it to flying condition."
As mentioned below there were issues on the M25 today. Following a nine vehicle incident around 6.30 this morning a section of the motorway linking to the M11 was closed, and remained so for 12 hours. Fortunately we heeded the signs and ducked off the motorway detouring Basildon and Chipping Ongar direction but it doubled our journey time and I missed the flight line at the show as a result. So no close ups of statics and no CR42 which seemed to be put in to hiding by the time I arrived. However, an early bonus was the announcement the Bernard was not doing commentary this year. Spookily we had a guy from Temora, Australia so I guess we get him again when we go to the show there in October!
The show was largely good though with some nice set pieces and seeing 4 '109s' in the air together was great although more than one 4 ship pass would have been nice. The Flying Bulls were excellent and it was grand to see their DC6. The Heritage flight was also another highpoint with both a Spit and P-51 flying with the F35. Anyway, some shots of the day.
AviationPosted by Gary Thu, July 12, 2018 21:53:29 Just a few 'snaps' from today's 'Jolly' to IWM/DX/FL 2018 . Not posted any shots of CR.42 because Bruce Almighty's right-hand man asked me not too until Saturday. But I'll assume the boss will be posting anyway. Looking good for you.
Chelveston airfield was opened in 1941 and primarily served the USAAF. The main unit was the 305th Bombardment Group Heavy, one of the most decorated units in Europe. Today it is hard to find evidence of the airfield but there is an impressive memorial in the village nearby which I went to look at a couple of days ago.
I've touched on 'Black Thursday' a couple of times previously - the night when terrible fog over the UK caused the loss of a number of bombers returning from missions over Germany. Lancaster JB219 was one of these aircraft. Flying out of Bourn the crew attempted to land at Gransden Lodge but sadly crashed nearby at Hayley Wood with the loss of all crew.
These days the area is a nature reserve and a small memorial has been erected, albeit somewhat faded and a little tricky to find, but here is what I saw.
AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, July 09, 2018 17:55:21 During my brief excursion to Duxford on Friday there was big blue truck in the vicinity of the hangars that I figured was delivering something. I see from 'elsewhere' that it was offloading the CR42 that we were wondering whether it would ever re-surface. Hopefully it will at least make static for Saturday.
Heading north Friday I popped in to Duxford to become a Friend of the IWM instead of a FOD as previously. There's no additional benefit in the new scheme as far as I am concerned but there is a £30 year 1 discount so I've joined for now. It was also an excuse for a look around with plenty of pre FL preparations going on. Either this or the hot weather meant several of the hangar doors were open which was good. Buchon White 9 arrived just as I was leaving so I caught it only from the car park but as I bought my Legends tickets I should see it next week anyway.
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