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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.

Many thanks for your compliment here....Herb.../..All the best to you too...for 2013 and your retirement...;-)....Dj.

And he forwarded this photo to my missus' mobile before we'd gone much further! Ain't technology awesome!!!

And I got her boyfriends permission to take the photo in case the "Jimmy Saville Gestapo" are trawling through Panoramio photos!!!

Gotcha'..okay doke...Geoff..me owd'...☺

Gotcha'...........good info'....☺


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