Flying Legends Airshow Duxford

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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.

 

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FLYING LEGENDS AIRSHOW - DUXFORD

Date: 30th June 2012

My friend John Romain owns  the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford.  He maintains and services all manner of privately owned aircraft but, I think his passion is rebuilding Spitfires.

Last year when he and his wife Amanda invited me to the Flying Legends Day, he had time to take me to his hangar for a good look around.  I found it fascinating and was particularly interested in the fact that he has the fuselage of the Spitfire flown by the famous ATA woman Lettice Curtiss.  John works on his hobbies when time allows.  

A while ago, due to a shift in the sands on the beach at Normandy (I think I've got that correct) two Spitfires surfaced and John has one of them.  You are only able to reconstruct Spitfires with genuine Spitfire parts so he is utilising his new acquisition to complete his Curtiss Spitfire.

The whole day is absolutely thrilling and there's a great atmosphere prevailing throughout the weekend.

My friend from the Battle of Britain Memorial Fund, Janet Tootal, was in the Vector Print Marquee with her stall of goodies and raffle tickets - all raising funds for the proposed Wing to be built at Capel-le Ferne and which will be a memorial and reminder of the Battle of Britain for future generations.  The plans have been passed by Dover District Council, now we have to raise nearly £3 million.

This year, the main prize in the Raffle is a visit to John Romain's Aircraft Restoration Hangar at Duxford, followed by a flight in John's two-seater Spitfire.  

The tickets are £5 each and there is a limit of 10 tickets per person.  Yes, need you ask, I've booked my ten already.

For more information go to the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust where you will find out more about the Wing and how you can purchase tickets.

Bye for now.  Jan

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