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A Second restored full size Lancaster

BBC news says another may take to the skies.

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Chris Bott - Moderator02/01/2013 09:02:31
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Just wondering if it's April 1st? Or have this just completely passed me by?

There's apparently a second full size Lanc which has been restored enough to taxi with paying passengers. They are pressing on with the reestoration hoping to get her in the air again.

BBC News Report

Frank Skilbeck02/01/2013 09:10:06
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No saw it on the news this morning, they have now got flight rated engines, here's the web site

Plummet02/01/2013 09:13:50
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Just Jane.

Seen going for a trundle around East Kirkby airfield regularly.

Come to the LMA dislpay there this year and see it.

Plummet

Bob Cotsford02/01/2013 09:20:22
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according to the Beeb this morning they take paying passengers on the taxi runs - I feel the need to find out how much!

Tony Bennett02/01/2013 09:20:53
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£248 for a taxi run.

GrahamC02/01/2013 09:43:49
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Here is the link for the LMA show. Its just down the road for us [In Lincolshire terms that means about an hour away!] Just Jane normally goes for a trundle, and watch out for the aroma of chicken poo!

Bob Cotsford02/01/2013 10:26:39
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Posted by Tony Bennett on 02/01/2013 09:20:53:

£248 for a taxi run.

maybe not that much after all! Now if it left the ground, that would be a different matter!

10 lover/clive02/01/2013 10:47:55
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i can recomend east kirkby for a day out ,walk round the hanger look at the exibits and go into the

control tower lovely day. And conningsby not far away just in case BBMF is out

Keiran Arnold02/01/2013 10:55:49
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Spent a day there last March great day

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Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 02/01/2013 11:51:27

bouncebounce crunch02/01/2013 10:59:12
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Maybe if Redbull get involved they have the money and machinery to make anything possible.

here is some of the Redbull, Hangar 7 restorations.

**LINK**

check out hangar 8 too.

 

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Bucksboy02/01/2013 10:59:47
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I retired last year and my work friends bought this for me as a present. I booked straight away and my taxy is booked for June this year so there is quite a waiting list.

Cookson02/01/2013 12:07:50
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Did'nt even know this place existed, just had a look at the website & will definately be making a visit this year.

Also what a great story of the Lancaster.

Miketgd02/01/2013 12:24:22
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This is a marvellous Museum, run by the Panton family, and well worth the entrance fee. The On-board experience is something that stays with you.

Visits are very special for me and my family as my father flew from East Kirkby as a Navigator with 630 Squadron in 1944. He was shot down on his 16th mission but evaded capture with three other crew members. One broke his hip on landing and was captured. Sadly one of the gunners failed to get out of the aircraft and the other was killed as his parachute failed to open. Dad was delighted to be able to go back with me in 2005 as I was booked on the Taxi-run as a Birthday present. When Fred and Harold spoke to my father they insisted that he also went on board as their guest. A tremendous thrill for him to sit at his Navigator station and find everything was where he remembered it. And to share his experiences with them and other visitors.

Concorde Speedbird02/01/2013 12:28:47
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The engines

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kenking-King Design02/01/2013 13:54:23
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I can personally recommend a visit to East Kirkby , AND the taxi run, as my wife bought us both tickets to celebrate a milestone birthday some years ago. Evocative hardly begins to describe the experience of climbing aboard an aircraft of this period, as so many young men repeatedly did during the war, 55.000 of them never to return. It's hard to imagine oneself back into the atmosphere, environment and the sheer uncertainty of those years, but if you get just an inkling of what it must have been like you'll feel very humble indeed, as we did. As well as the more sobre aspect, it's a delight to hear multi-merlins running (though one or two of the four were acknowledged as being a little sick at the time) and to be able to examine the aircraft in every detail, literally hands-on ! Go and enjoy for yourself !

BOB GADD02/01/2013 15:13:28
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Hi all.

This is the aircraft that was the Gate Gaurd at R.A.F. Scampton in the eighties.

BOB.

Greybeard02/01/2013 17:25:03
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Plenty going on at East Kirby apart from the Lanc so well worth a visit.

I spent a very interesting hour talking to one of the team rebuilding a Handley Page Hampden; it seems that they were given an instrument panel and decided to make the rest of the aircraft to go with it. One to one scale modellingwink

GrahamC02/01/2013 18:02:29
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I realised I still had this on my phone.... Not a great video - but its more for listening to isn't it?

 

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Peter Miller02/01/2013 18:38:01
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They have been working on this for years. There are three Videos (Maybe DVDs now) on the progress at each stage. Worth buying.

Forget who the sellers are but am sure that the Website will mention it.

Eric Powell03/01/2013 01:58:01
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My wife and I were at East Kirby last July and they were holding a memorial service for 5 bomber group who were based in the area and the highlight of the day was a taxi trip in the Lancaster .

we also did the tour around Coningsby where we asked about tracing her fathers war service record as he had served his time at Bardney airfield as a radio fitter.

we then went on to Bardney aiirport where we found that a model flying club were based in the old control tower as their club room which we examined with one of the members . It alll got a bit emotional for my wife as she realised that she was stepping into an area where her late father had spent his youth .

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