Spitfire And Hurricane On The Move

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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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SPITFIRE AND HURRICANE - on the move

Date: 23rd April 2013

SPITFIRE AND HURRICANE on the move

On my arrival at Capel, I was surprised to see two huge transporters. They were there to take the Spitfire and Hurricane back to Gt. Yarmouth to be spruced up in time for the Battle of Britain Memorial Day this year which marks the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Memorial.

I hadn’t realised how tatty the planes were looking but they stand out in all weathers and have withstood the elements relatively well. They had to go back to Gt. Yarmouth because that was where they were constructed (they are perfect models of the originals but to have the originals would be foolhardy because they are now worth so much and wouldn’t stand up to the deteriorating effects of the weather). Also, the paint with which they are decorated is highly toxic so the operation has to be carried out under special conditions. They will be away for about six weeks – so a bit sad for the visitors over the next few weeks but they can still enjoy the Memorial, the Sir Christopher Foxley Norris Memorial Wall, the Café and the stunning view of France if weather conditions are clement.

I very much wanted to see the Spitfire body being lifted into the air onto the transporter but I waited an hour just for them to disengage one wing and settle it in its cradle so I reckon I’d have been there for many more hours waiting for anything to happen. However I did take photos for you which you can view in The Gallery.  One of my chums at Capel did spend the day waiting for the planes to be dismantled and sent me the photos.  He also said that when he set off back to his home near Biggin Hill, it was the weirdest experience to overtake a Spitfire and a Hurricane travelling along the M.20

Spitfire in the Air - without wings.  Hurricane will be in the Gallery.
 

SPITFIRE AND HURRICANE - on the move

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