Following on from the success of the recent Lanc, Tank and Military Vehicles event, over the early May bank holiday the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre treated its numerous visitors to the buzz and roar of large radio controlled models, skilfully displayed by members of the Large Model Association.
Taking place on the Saturday and Monday of the bank holiday weekend, the first day was full of warm sunshine with ideal flying conditions for the numerous large models packing the flight line. The bank holiday weather itself was a little less kind with breezier and more overcast conditions, however this did not appear to hinder the large model flying to any degree. Beautifully constructed aircraft on static display or flying represented over 100 years of aviation and included a Sopwith Tabloid and World War I fighters, 1930s Gee Bee racers, numerous World War II classic fighters & bombers, post war de Havilland Hornet, Korean War era Sea Fury and F9F Panther & Cougar and more current types such as the Aero L-39, Hawk, Eurofighter and a huge 15ft wingspan Airbus airliner.
During Saturday's event the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) sent Spitfire PR.XIX PS915 for a flypast, and in support of Monday’s event the BBMF returned with Lancaster PA474; the aircraft performed three glorious passes over a static Just Jane - a late substitution for the Flight's unserviceable Dakota. The hush that descended over East Kirkby as PA474 departed after her final pass was very noticeable and touching – the ‘Lancaster effect’ in full force! As you would expect at a major event, Just Jane was very active over the weekend, performing three taxy runs on each of the event days and making full use of East Kirkby's large grass strip.
If you would like to learn more about the Large Model Association events and activities, please visit their website.
My sincere gratitude is extended to both the Large Model Association and the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre for their kind hospitality over the weekend.
Highlights – Saturday 3rd May
Highlights – Monday 5th May