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Inside the Queen Elizabeth!

And the thing which really tickled me is a sign in the car park which requested "please park prettily"! I used to pass this pub twice a day, six days a week, travelling to and from Sharnbrook to Bedford Modern School and the sign always made me chuckle. And yes, we went to school on a Saturday too!!! Kids today wouldn't believe that!

Taken by my missus on board the Queen Elizabeth as they were heading into the North Sea from Amsterdam.

See previous photo.

The 2014 Red Arrows arriving at the show prior to putting on another breathtaking performance.

One of the pair of wing-walkers at the show. The aircraft is a Boeing Stearman Model 75 Bi-plane. The two girls are stunning if a little nuts!!!

The mighty Vulcan going through its paces once again!

This is a Signature class cruise ship operated by the Cunard Line. She is the second largest ship to be constructed for Cunard, exceeded only by the Queen Mary II, and is capable of carrying up to 2,092 passengers. Its port of registry 2010-2011 was Southampton but from 2011 to present her registration was changed to Hamilton, Bermuda, in order to host weddings aboard. This photo was taken by my missus prior to a four-day trip on the vessel to Amsterdam.

The Museum features the nose-cone of Avro Vulcan B.2 MRR XH537. This aircraft was built in 1959 and delivered to Boscombe Down on the 31st August. In 1960 she was chosen to be one of the Skybolt development aircraft, Skybolt being an air-launched ballistic missile, and in June 1961 the work was complete and she flew with dummy Skybolts one of which is preserved at Cosford. After Skybolt's cancellation she had her Skybolt kit removed and entered normal RAF service with 230 OCU at RAF Finningley. In 1978 she was converted to a B.2MRR and moved to 27 Squadron. In March 1982 as other Vulcans were being prepared to go to war, (The Falklands), she made her last flight, to Abingdon, to be a maintenance airframe and she lasted nine years before being scrapped in 1991. But the nose was saved and here she is!!!

The Mark 24 was the end of the Spitfire development and only No 80 Squadron RAF flew them, in Malaya and Hong Kong. This one was delivered to the Royal Air Force in 1946 and was despatched to the far east in 1950 and flown by the Singapore Auxiliary Air Force. It is in superb condition in Solent Sky, the birthplace and "home" of the Spitfire as the Southampton and Solent area was the most important area in the country for aircraft experimental and development work between 1908 and the late sixties, the most famous being the Spitfire.


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