Held on a glorious summers evening, the annual bike night at East Kirkby was a huge success with an incredible figure of around 600 motorbikes visiting the museum - the riders and their passengers arrived from 7pm and were treated to a static Lancaster engine run by Just Jane at 8pm.
I won’t embarrass myself by trying to describe the motorbikes in depth; but needless to say amongst the multitude of Ducati, Harley Davisons, Kawasakis, Suzuki and Triumphs were some very appealing types that drew many people to them.
The engine run was a little out of the ordinary as at the aircraft’s controls was Louise Bush, possibly the first woman to have taken the controls of an Avro Lancaster since the ferrying pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War and early post war periods?
Returning to the engine run, with glorious light and still air, the four Rolls Royce Merlin 24 engines were fired up by Chief Engineer Keith Brenchley and they sounded simply wonderful, as only a Merlin engine can!
A few moments after the aircraft shut down, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s C-47 Dakota Kwicherbichen made a surprise visit, performing two low passes over Just Jane, to the loud applause of the museum’s visitors.