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Number 42 out of "Lightnings to be photographed" has now turned up at Bruntingthorpe after being purchased by the Lightning Preservation Group, LPG. Only two left now to snap, at Warton and Boscombe Down, both highly secret bases where access is impossible!!! This Lightning had been restored by 111 Squadron at RAF Leuchars and earmarked for display duties. With the closure of the base and the disbanding of 111 it was put out to tender and Wattisham museum thought they had only to be outbid by Bruntingthorpe which suited me as I live nearer to Brunty!

This was a long range British airliner first flown at Brooklands in 1962. Although relatively few were built, 54 in fact, it was designed to operate on long-distance routes and indeed its performance was such that it achieved the fastest London to New York crossing by a jet airliner. 5 hours 1 minute, and only the supersonic Concorde was faster. They were operated by BOAC and other airlines and from 1965 by the Royal Air Force. Which is where I came to fly on them, to and from Bahrain in 1966/1967, To New York in 1970 and back from Antigua later that year, all on Army service. Here the one at Bruntingthorpe was getting ready for a taxy run to start the Cold War Jets Day off!

Sorry Dude, for the inconvenience this train set has caused you! I can promise it will never happen again!

For your information, all the other trains of this model has been operating in climate zones from subarctic to tempered in thirty years now, without any major problem, and will continue to do so for at least another 15-20 years.

Source: An innocent snapshot photographer working in the electronic industry for 45 years, and member of the society Järnvägsmuséivänner.

............and yes the two at the front are two of my three grankids!

At last my first pic of the superb Red Kite! They are plentiful in Aylesbury but I've never seen one in Luton! It is a medium-large bird of prey of the family Accipitridae which includes Eagles, Buzzards and Harriers. It is endemic to the Western Palearctic region of Europe and northwest Africa. It is resident in the milder parts of its range in western Europe and northwest Africa but birds from northeastern and central Europe winter further south and west,reaching south to Turkey.

Another view of the beach and lake.

We preferred to get about on bikes!

Quaint little display near the bird-feeding centre!

View of the lake.

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