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Lanc Tanks & Military Machines at East Kirkby 2018

May 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The May Bank Holiday has come and gone and on the Saturday 26th May, I took a drive back down to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby as they were holding their annual "Lanc, Tanks & Military Machines" on 26th and 28th May.

The weather was dry and overcast to start the day, but that soon changed in the afternoon and the sky cleared and we were blessed with some sunshine.

The museum grounds were filled with vintage military vehicles, re-enactors acting out roles which were performed during World War 2 and also stalls selling souvenirs and refreshments. There were even some modern vehicles on display from a Mazda car club who were showing off a collection of their members sports cars.

The hanger was home to the stage for the 1940s entertainment as well as more stalls and the chance to get up close to The DH Mosquito HJ711 which is currently being re-built ready to hopefully perform taxy runs at special events at the museum.

A vintage fire engine was also present giving customers a ride for a small fee and was also scheduled to perform two fire engine demonstration but sadly these got cancelled on the Saturday due to a problem with one of the fire engine wheels that they couldn't get repaired.

The main stage area on the museum grounds was the apron area which was going to play host to the live tank firing demonstrations, and would also see NX611 "Just Jane" park after her taxy runs before being towed back out onto the grass area for private photos for the museum.

The first of two tank demonstrations started late due to some technical issues with the pyrotechnics but once that was sorted everyone enjoyed the sights and sounds of the tanks and weapons.

NX611 "Just Jane" who was the star of the day performed her second taxy run of the day and was nice to watch her taxy around the grass area giving people a nice opportunity to see her from different angles and also hear the roar of all four Merlin engines before parking up and shutting down.

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Shortly after the second taxy run a Spitfire from the BBMF based at RAF Coningsby did three passes.

Following that was the second tank firing demostration, more 1940s entertainment in the hanger and then the third and final taxy run from "Just Jane."

All around the museum grounds were stalls, exhibit displays, refreshments stalls and also some cockpits and vehicles from the South Yorkshire Air Musem based in Doncaster. You could also view and photograph "Drag Em Oot" a C47 Dakota Skytrain which was parked on the grass at the other end of the viewing line.

The day had plenty to offer for all the family and even more on the Bank Holiday Monday (if the weather permitted) with some flying displays from the BBMF and B17 Flying Fortress.

You can view photos from my visit by click here, and also watch a video from my day below.




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