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Dai Fledermaus07/09/2014 12:26:07
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A typical Mail on Sunday story this but it would be a great shame to see it leave the country

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Cliff Bastow07/09/2014 12:39:04
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It would be a shame to see this go abroad. I have seen it close up and it is absolutely georgeous.

Not sure about the claim that it is the only battle of britain survivor though, if I remember correctly the BBMF spitfire mk11a is a veteran of the battle? Perhaps they meant to say the only surviving hurricane from the battle.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator07/09/2014 12:41:21
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Well, maybe I'm a bit simplistic but if "we" (actually the arts establishment) can find £5m to keep a painting by Canaletto in the country (which isn't even specifically part of our heritage) then I don't see why the money can't be assembled out of similar public funds to buy this.

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Cliff Bastow07/09/2014 12:41:40
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just checked the BBMF website and the Spitfire mk IIa is indeed a survivor of the Battle of Britain.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator07/09/2014 12:55:03
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To be fair to the Mail on Sunday (and frankly I find that very challenging wink 2) they only say it is the last flying Hurricane that flew in BoB. Where the claim that it is the "last flying BoB aircraft" is concerned they are careful to indicate that they are quoting the current owner - ie not their view.

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Cliff Bastow07/09/2014 13:03:50
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I agree totally with BEB, in the scheme of things 2.5 million is not a lot. Surely it could be bought out of public funds and donated to the BBMF to look after.

Adrian Smith 107/09/2014 13:36:56
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It would be a tragedy if it were to leave this country, it's national icon. I have just finished reading Peter Vacher's book on restoring R4118. His fight with the authorities in India to bring it home were enough to make a saint swear. I suspect his decision to sell it coincides with the death recently of one of it's pilots the late great WingCo Bob Foster DFC. He will be turning in his grave if the Hurricane leaves these shores.

Dave Hopkin07/09/2014 16:20:48
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I have just created a petition on the Gov Web Site, as soon as it is available for signing I will post the URL here

Edited By Dave Hopkin on 07/09/2014 16:21:04

Dave Hopkin09/09/2014 21:44:22
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http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/69283

Petition now open

Stevo10/09/2014 15:54:01
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Signed!

 

Click here to jump straight to it! Would be a good idea to advertise it on other forums??

Edited By Stevo on 10/09/2014 16:05:13

Dave Hopkin10/09/2014 16:04:38
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Please distribute the link as widely as you like

TinPot Pilot10/09/2014 16:37:37
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Signed.

Ian Jones10/09/2014 17:05:19
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Art in motion, sign up and keep it here.

Concorde Speedbird10/09/2014 17:48:05
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I was surprised to see this particular aeroplane come up on the inventory of Platinum fighter sales (where there is also the Reno racer P51 Strega). I knew about the aeroplane thanks to Danny Fenton's Hurricane being based on it. I therefore think Danny Fenton should buy the aeroplane to compliment his model.

CS (Signed the petition by the way)

David Rothwell10/09/2014 17:54:10
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signed.

David Pearce 410/09/2014 18:15:19
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Signed and fingers crossed . . .

Jeff Mills10/09/2014 18:47:19
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Signed

Cliff Bastow10/09/2014 19:19:59
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Signed

Andrew Price 210/09/2014 19:20:05
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One of the National Lottery funds should surely make an immediate, emergency, payment to buy this machine and hand it to the BBMF for safe and continuous maintenance and display. Maybe the owner could be offered some sort of deal. Don't big asset holders (stately homes, valuable paintings) get some sort of deal when offering them to the nation? I could go on..............face 17

john stones 110/09/2014 21:56:13
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Done

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