The annual Lancaster night taxy run and fireworks display was a tremendous end to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre's busiest and most memorable year to date.

 

Lancaster Just Jane  performed daytime taxy runs with Mike Chatterton, Keith Brenchley and Sean Taylor on board - but on this occasion more notable was the night time taxy, presenting the huge crowd with an opportunity to experience how the Lancaster appears, and indeed how the four Merlin engines sound, in darkness. This really does make a difference and provides a unique experience that would be hard to find at any other location. As a result the 7pm taxy run attracted a lot of attention, with photographers lining the safety cordon with their tripods to take long exposure pictures; this is possible as the Lancaster holds at set points during the taxy run, allowing for a couple of exposures per hold. As I have commented in past reports, the sight of Just Jane  taxying into the darkness, then menacingly reappearing to slowly taxy towards your position is really something you need to experience in person!

 

The evening also included a demonstration of the museum’s WWII 60cm German low level searchlight, and adding to the experience were Bomber Command re-enactors. The Summer of ’44 Living History Group provided kit talks; hosted by Sean Taylor, the talks are presented in an informative, yet relaxed manner, and if you ever have the opportunity to see one please do as they are highly recommended! 

 

NX611 will now undergo a lengthy period of scheduled winter maintenance, with the first public taxy runs expected to take place in early April 2015. For further details of the maintenance programme please visit HERE.