A new themed event for the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre - Lanc, Tank & Military Machines was held on the Saturday and bank holiday Monday of the 2014 Easter weekend. With mostly favourable weather, the visiting crowds were treated to firing displays by a M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer, Lancaster NX611 taxy runs, and on the Monday only, a first time display by Richard Lake’s newly restored Spitfire Mk.XVIII SM845/G-BUOS.
It is some ten years since a tank demonstrated at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, but it was worth the wait to experience the display firings and associated concussive blasts from this most impressive WWII tank. This example, named Easy Tiger, is Lincolnshire based and represents one of the 1400 examples produced for service from September 1944 in the European Theatre of Operations during the Second World War. The M36 design went on to see combat during the Korean War of 1950-1953 and remained in service with European countries such as Yugoslavia and Croatia until the mid-1990s. In addition to the tank destroyer, dotted around the museum site could be a found a variety of other military machines, and always popular with the photographers, a number of living history groups who greatly added to the atmosphere of the event.
Richard Lake’s Spitfire SM845 was a most pleasing addition to the display line up for the event, and L.A.H.C. is to be congratulated in securing this eye catching aircraft so early in the display season. Sadly the fine weather deteriorated just before Griffon 65 powered SM845’s arrival, but the polished silver aircraft will look stunning with some summer sunshine on her gleaming wings. For the record, SM845 is painted in an early post war colour scheme, with inspiration taken from Sek Kong based 28 Squadron Mk.24 Spitfire TP378/R.
In the main hangar could be found displays by talented artist Neil Higgs. Neil has produced stunning artwork featuring Just Jane for which bids are invited during the 2014 season. This generous gesture is in support of the ongoing restoration of NX611. For more details, or to place a bid, please contact Neil via his website at www.soaringscenes.co.uk or at L.A.H.C. where the painting has been placed on view within the NAAFI. The artwork is on canvas, painted with oils and measures an impressive 1000mm x 500mm on deep edge canvas. Surely this would be a very notable acquisition for any Just Jane or Lancaster enthusiast?
During Saturday’s event a meet of over 70 Ford Capris took place, celebrating the Ford classic design’s 45th anniversary. A small selection of the visiting vehicles is shown in the galleries below.
The next major event is the annual Large Model Airshow which will be held on the 3 and 5 May.