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This windmill is a Grade II listed five storey tower mill built in 1876. It is situated in the village of Stone Cross in Sussex.

The Shackleton was a British long-range maritime patrol aircraft and WR963 is based at Coventry Airport in the care of the Shackleton Preservation Trust. It is a "live" aircraft under long term restoration to flight. This was first flown 11.3.54 so it will be some feat to get it in the air again! I've found it difficult to get to photograph some of these aircraft and so I planned a "commando raid" yesterday by using Google Earth and Streetview and I had some fields to cross, brambles to negotiate and a fence or two to climb and of course I had no way of knowing if the aircraft would be in view. But it all went like clockwork and when I finally got to the fence there she was! So I made my excuses and left before the control tower sent some jobsworths to try and spoil my day! And so another aircraft on my list "ticked off"!

Thanks ...Richard../..I had some time to kill so I walked across..visited Barton and got some pictures.
Cheers from Dj.

That's so true....Geoff....'real heroes'..who knew they had only a slim chance of returning to base..!... .many thanks for the info'...............from Dave.

This fine example of an English tower mill was built in 1819 for the brothers Thomas & Isaac Reckitt by the Hull millwrights Norman & Smithson. The Reckitts carried on their business as millers, corn factors and bakers and in the 1820s a bakehouse was added and a steam engine was installed to supply power to a bone mill. The business failed in 1833 after a succession of poor harvests and the mill was sold. The Ostler family took over the mill in 1914 and ran the business until 1948 when mechanical problems made the windmill unusable. Trade carried on for some years using electrically driven equipment but was gradually wound down and the mill was sold in the late 50s. The survival of the mill owes much to the great-grandson of Isaac, Basil Reckitt, because in 1953 he was made aware of the mill's plight and arranged for two Reckitt Family Charitable Trusts to finance repairs. By the time the present owners, the Waterfield family, had arrived on the scene in 1987 the mill had deteriorated considerably but the aim was to put the Maud Foster Mill back into working order and use it. Extensive repairs were undertaken and three new sails were made. The work was completed in July 1988. In 1998 two new sails were fitted to replace the oldest dating from the 1970s but windmills are rather like the Forth Bridge.....!!!

This aircraft was one of the last to come out of the Austin Aero factory at Cofton Hackett and stored by the RAF 1945-1952. It served with the Aeronavale as WU-15 from 1952 until the 60s, when it was flown back to Britain. At one stage it was kept at Blackpool before being gate guardian at RAF Scampton. It now resides at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and undertakes regular taxi runs there and this is where on Monday 1st April this year I was at last able to "use up" my 2011 Christmas present from my kids and have my long-awaited run!!! Superb!!! On the 18th February 2010 it was announced the intention to restored NX611 to flight and three additional airworthy Merlin engines have been acquired and other spares needed are currently also being acquired. Watch this space!!!

RAF East Kirkby was opened on the 20th August 1943 as a Bomber Command Station. Stationed at East Kirkby were no 57 Squadron RAF (5 Group) 27th August 1943 to 25th November 1945, and No 630 Squadron RAF (5 Group) 15th November 1943 to 18th July 1945. This memorial to the fallen of these two Squadrons is situated where the guard house once stood at the main gate.

This centre is a privately owned and run Museum and was set up by two farming brothers, Fred and Harold Panton, built as a memorial to Bomber Command and primarily as a tribute to their elder brother Christopher Panton who was shot down and killed during a bombing raid over Nuremberg on 30/31st March 1944. When Lancaster NX611 came up for sale it was purchased by the brothers and brought to their land at East Kirkby. It was intended for their private collection but it was suggested they should make it into an exhibit for the public and the Museum was set up with the Lancaster and Control Tower as its centre pieces. The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre was then opened in 1988.

The geezer sat to the right... was also enjoying an eye watering view...she created quite a stir !!..( scrumptious )....Dj.

Thanks Herb ...for taking a look see.....and the compliment....The snow scene probably looks just the same today...as it did last January..!!.......Cheers from ....Dj.


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